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Reached Day 83/1000. + 1 Gold FitPiggy and 1 Unexpected Visitor

Thursday, July 07, 2011

I'm back, more or less. Have you missed me? LOL

Boy have I been poorly! Tara went down with the same lurgy a few days after me, so we have both been coughing, sneezing, with throats like coarse sandpaper, and sinuses that, well, I don't need to go into details, I'm sure. Dratted bug caused so much trouble, and even though we would feel better one day, we'd wake up the next back at square one. Whatever happened to predictable colds and flu that followed a specific pattern and then cleared? :-)

So, I haven't posted any stats since Day 70. Two weeks of sickness will disruptutate our tranquality, that's for sure. ;-)

Well, it would be an insanely long list if I put in everything I've done in the last fortnight, so the potted version is that I have done at least ten minutes of exercise every single day, even if my step count left a bit to be desired for several days.

I've walked quite a few miles with Leslie Sansone.

I've danced myself as legless as the bug allowed, keeping up with my Bingo challenges, and my Zumba challenge. Fortunately for me I had a week off those challenges last week when the bug was at its worst, thanks to having already got the whole four weeks for June up to date.

And also - which will come as no surprise whatsoever - I've spent a lot of time on the Wii Fit Plus. LOL. So much so that I've now got a Gold FitPiggy for doing 40 hours of exercise. :-)

I updated my fitness tracker with two weeks worth of exercise yesterday. :-)

My nutrition has been on the low end of my range for the most part, and a bit below the low end on occassion. Better that than over the top! :-) I only had one bad fat day in two weeks, and reached my protein minimum every single day!

So, all in all not bad considering. :-)

My weight went back up. *pout* But I wouldn't accept it. LOL I gained 3/4 of a pound back out of the 3 1/2lbs I lost three weeks ago, and was ok about blaming that on TOM. However, on Sunday the scale claimed I'd gained another 1 1/2lbs. Well, I wasn't having that! Oh no! I'd eaten late the night before, and was fairly sure that was the reason, so I weighed myself the following morning after eating at a normal time, and I was right! I had really stayed at 12 stone 10lbs - the same as the previous week. So, I'm still down overall. :-)

So, we've been largely stuck in the house for a fortnight, aside from the occasional foray to Waitrose for supplies. The house becomes somewhat, um, samey after a while, with the daily routine barely varying from get up, cough up a lung, eat what one can manage, go back to bed, cough up the other lung while trying to get to sleep.

Sophie, bless her, has put up with a largely inactive family who would occasionally muster the oomph to stroll into the garden to throw a few tennis balls, or kick a football about in the ever growing grass that threatened to engulf the garden completely. Sophie isn't the smallest dog in the world, but she was disappearing into the grass every time she went for the ball. :-)

Sometimes she would come and sit by me while I played on the Jigidi website (jigsaw puzzles) to while away the time between sneezes and coughs. I would absent-mindedly put my hand down and stroke her while my eyes were scanning the jigsaw pieces for the next fit.

So, the day before yesterday, after managing to gather the strength to actually get the strimmer out and get half the lawn down to a manageable height (and find a few missing tennis balls in the process) I was sitting at the computer, on Jigidi, and as I played I saw the usual brown blur at my side, so down went my hand automatically to stroke Sophie, only to connect with something that didn't feel quite right to the touch.

As I turned my head the brown blur moved further into the living room. I swivelled around in my chair, and came face to face with not one, but TWO dogs! You know the old cliche of rubbing your eyes and having another look, and they are still there? I did that! LOL

At first I thought it was Chucky, my neighbour's dog, but then I spotted the white sock and groaned. It wasn't Chucky. It was his brother, Gizmo the escapologist! You may have heard of this famous escapologist. No garden can hold him. This is a dog who can dig a circular hole in a wooden fence and make his escape, only to reappear at a boozer a mile away, being feted by the locals with bowls of prize bitter and very large bones, while the owner is frantically driving round the entire area trying to find him, and could really USE a drink!!! LOL.

Gizmo belongs to my neighbour's daughter, and my neighbour looks after him for her when she is at work. One of the fence panels was already partially demolished, so Gizmo found it very easy to burrow through and follow Sophie into our house! Chucky, the good dog, meanwhile, remained on his own side of the fence, whining for Gizmo to come back. :-) Well, to be fair, Giz was very good and followed me out to the fence and went back through when I told him to.

While I'm shouting for my neighbour to let her know what happened, Gizmo rushes into the house and into his bed, cos he knows he is in trouble!

Meanwhile Jackie comes out, gives a despairing look at what is left of the fence panel, and turns to Gizmo with murder in her eyes!

Tara and I both agree this mop bears a startling resemblance to our neighbour when she is in a paddy. *grin*

Her garden is littered with the remnants of fence panels Giz has demolished in his determination to wander off, and this was looking like the last straw for her, not to mention his last breath if I didn't defuse the situation quickly. Fortunately, my jokey retelling of how Gizmo took me by surprise calmed her and made her laugh, so Gizmo lives to demolish another day, but I think my neighbour needs to get her daughter to cough up for some new fence panels! Preferably reinforced with steel! LOL

I would suggest concrete, but having been the proud owner of my own escapologist - a dobey named Luka, who dug through a partition wall into our downstairs shower room to escape her bedroom - I know concrete won't hold Giz for long. :-)

So, the high excitement of our fortnight was Giz's visit. Gives you some idea of the paint-drying boredom we've been suffering in our illness. And this is why I didn't blog. You guys didn't need two weeks of "Did this exercise - blew my nose eighty times - sneezed fifty times - ate something - tried to sleep - coughed for two hours"- repeat ad nauseum. LOL

Hope all has been well in Sparkland and beyond. I'm catching up with you all bit by bit. Thank the gods for Sparkteams with challenges that at least encouraged me to exercise a bit every day, and a Wii that made getting some exercise a pleasure even when feeling bad.

take care,
Lex xxx
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MARYMO22 7/11/2011 7:34AM

    love your pictures - had to copy the dead cat one!

Glad you're feeling better

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_LINDA 7/8/2011 3:02PM

    So glad you are better!! That is an awfully long time to be sick :(( You are amazing keeping up with your activity in spite of it all!! So glad you are back! No cooties on the computer now.. Take care of yourself!!
Big Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CARLA-216 7/8/2011 2:40PM

    Yes, you were missed! So glad you're feeling better enough to be back here. I'm impressed that you managed to do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day and that you did well with your nutrition, too.

Too funny that Gizmo slipped into your house with Sophie! Loved reading your telling of that. And this had me really giggling: "You guys didn't need two weeks of "Did this exercise - blew my nose eighty times - sneezed fifty times - ate something - tried to sleep - coughed for two hours"- repeat ad nauseum. LOL"


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BOVEY63 7/8/2011 2:03PM

    Happy to hear you're feeling better. Hope you and Tara are back to 100% real soon.

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SILLYHP1953 7/8/2011 1:29PM

    I'm so glad you are Tara are better, and quite impressed that you managed to keep up with a lot of your fitness while sick. Not sure I would have, pretty sure I would not have. You are amazing and hope you know it!

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CJANSEN40 7/8/2011 11:58AM

    glad you are felling better

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/8/2011 12:42AM

    I am so glad you are feeling better you had this slightly grumpy spider bitten lass giggling madly (they put me back on antibiotics today and threatened me with a specialist if this dose doesn't put me back to rights !)

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INFLATED 7/7/2011 10:47PM

    Your pictures and captions are hilarious! I'm glad you are starting to feel better.

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SCREWIE 7/7/2011 10:04PM

    Glad you're feeling better!

How do you manage to make 2 weeks of feeling ill sound like fun???

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SENATOR9 7/7/2011 9:19PM

    Glad you're back and feeling better Miss you're funny pictures emoticon

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TIGGERIFFIC123 7/7/2011 7:35PM


I am so glad that you are back!! Better than that though is that you are feeling better. It sounds like it was a wicked weeks. I am very lucky not to have to deal with escape artists...mind you hard for a 165lb Great Dane to dig a hole big enough to escape through....teeheehee

Love the angry mop! Sounds like Gizmo's visit was an adventure that ended safely for all. He certainly added some much needed excitement into your life...lol

Have a great day!

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ODDLASS 7/7/2011 7:03PM

    Good to has ye back Lexxxxxx. My parents dog 'Pluto' was an amazing escapology expert! And soon learned not to let you see his latest escape route, because it would be fixed so he couldn't get out that way again.
You could watch him for ages and he would stay in the garden, turn your back and 'poof' gone!!


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Days 69 and 70/1000 New Spark Team Created for Wii Fans

Friday, June 24, 2011

Well, my energy is better, and I've got some exercising done. :-)

Day 69 (Thur)
Wii Fit Plus Skateboard Arena. 3 goes = 12 mins
16 Just Dance and Just Dance2 songs = 48 mins
Waitrose and back = 30 mins

Day 70 (today)
Wii Fit Plus Rarely Played challenge
All of these hadn't been played in 30 days or more:
Free Jogging = 10 mins
Zazen - 2 attempts = 4 mins
Step Basics - 1 go = 3 mins
Rhythm Kung Fu - 2 basics and 1 advanced game = 6 mins
Table Tilt - 1 beginner and 1 advanced = 6 mins
Balance Bubble - 1 beginner and 7 advanced = 7 mins

Feel the Burn Friday Challenge:
Perfect 10 - 1 beginner, 1 advanced and 2 Super Advanced = 6 mins

Just Dance and Just Dance 2 Bingo - 5 songs = 15 mins

Zumba Challenge June week 4
7 routines = 32 minutes

Amazing how it all adds up. :-)

Healthwise, TOM is improving after that complete rest day on Wed. Annoyingly, however, I woke up on Thursday with a sore throat, and have an upset tum today as well as the throat, and Tara is shivering and a slightly elevated temp, so something is obviously upsetting us. :-) Here's hoping that whatever it is stays mild and goes away fast.


ODDLASS and I haz a new Sparkteam!

We started challenging each other on our Wiis a while ago, and then a couple of friends joined in, and we thought a team would make it easier to keep up with challenges. If anyone has a Wii and wants to join in they are very welcome to do so. The team is here:


This is the first time I've set up a team from scratch, and it is fun, and a lot easier than you might think, if you have been considering setting one up yourself. :-)

Tried a new curry again this week. Much more successful than last week:

Waitrose Goan Fish Curry:
"Chunks of hake marinated in lemon juice and coriander in a rich, aromatic sauce made with coconut, tamarind and ginger - warmly spiced with sweetly-sour kokum."

It was right at the top of my heat comfort zone, so I didn't have to dilute it with yogurt, and it was utterly delicious! I was very good, and ate half, saving the rest for another meal. I had to. :-) The combination of the price, and the calorie-rich sauce meant it needed to do two meals. :-) It took all I had to freeze the leftovers rather than munch the lot down. :-) Next week I'm trying one of the two prawn curries they make.

Oh, I had another wardrobe surprise today. Those black sports bras I got some months ago that were too tight are now wearable! Been in one all day today! :-) I always thought it strange that they didn't fit but their white counterparts were ok. Well, now the white are a little looser, and the black are snug. Another sign that things are shrinking. :-)

I'm tired! Been an active day, and whatever is bugging my throat and tum is winning at this point, I think. :-)
Have a great rest of your Friday!
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 7/1/2011 3:26PM

    I hope you all feel better soon and it doesn't turn into anything major. I'll check out the team as soon as I get a Wii, really I will get one some day.

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LINDABENEDICT 6/27/2011 6:35PM

    emoticonHope you both are feeling better !!!!!
emoticonon Wii team ....if I had one I'd join you !

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MNOT2THICK 6/27/2011 6:28PM

    Are you and Tara any better today. emoticon

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CARLA-216 6/25/2011 10:11AM

    I hope you and Tara feel better soon!

That curry sounds really, really good! emoticon

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SCREWIE 6/25/2011 5:03AM

    I hope you and Tara feel better soon.

Love that Garfield picture! A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a coffee jar with the writing: "all the coffee in Colombia won't make me a morning person" :)))

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LIBBYFITZ 6/25/2011 12:51AM

    emoticonfor the new team!

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SENATOR9 6/24/2011 10:59PM

    good luck on your new team

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BOVEY63 6/24/2011 9:44PM

    Hope both you and Tara are feeling better and have a wonderful weekend!
Congrats on the bra fitting so well now - must be all the awesome workouts you have been doing.

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Day 68/1000 Rest Day ... whether I want one or not! :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My body decided that today I rest ... whether I want to or not. LOL

I have to count my ten minutes exercise as my Wii Fit Plus Body Test, and a short walk to the shops for essentials. TOM has been a full blown pain in the whatsit, and I had very little sleep last night, and had absolutely no energy today. Not even enough to get on my beloved Wii for a single game, or dance to any of my bingo songs today. And you know how unlike me that is. :-)

If only I had an Iphone, because....

But, I don't and so...

But never mind, I'm sure that by tomorrow, I'll be back doing...

All I need is a little sleep ...

Night Night...

Lex xxx

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/24/2011 2:36AM

    Hope you feel better .I love the Stonehenge picture on your page!

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SILLYHP1953 6/23/2011 4:00PM

    Our bodies do talk...and we better listen!!

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SENATOR9 6/23/2011 9:55AM

    Take a break we all need it

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LIBBYFITZ 6/23/2011 9:08AM

    emoticonWe all need rest days! Hope you get up ango comes back real soon! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 6/23/2011 8:55AM

    Have a nice day off and rest. We all need a little rest!!! Hope you are back to yourself very soon!! I love the pics!! LOL!!

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CARLA-216 6/23/2011 8:07AM

    Rest is good for the body and soul!
I hope you're feeling much better today.


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SCREWIE 6/23/2011 4:48AM

    Good to have a rest once in a while. Burn out isn't a good thing!

Love the pictures :)))

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_LINDA 6/22/2011 11:45PM

    Everyone needs a rest day. Feel better soon..I am so glad not to have to deal with that anymore thanks to my Depo...
You seem to have an endless supply of those funny photos! Thanks for taking the time to find and share them all with us!!
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 6/22/2011 10:20PM

    You have been working out hard. Enjoy your rest. emoticon

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CJANSEN40 6/22/2011 9:36PM

    Feel better

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/22/2011 7:11PM

    LOL...Love the pics!

Hope you are feeling back to normal tomorrow!!

Healing, positive energy sent your way!


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Day 67/1000 Summer Solstice Blessings

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I had a wonderful little Summer Solstice Ritual up at Highwoods this morning. Not right at sunrise, because I was still very much in the Land of Nod at the time, but I took Sophie up there a little later, and said prayers, and did a reading. It was very pleasant to be able to do that outside for a change. :-)

I know the sun was there somewhere:

We walked the three field circuit before going home. The pond at the bottom of the third field looks really lush:

By late afternoon, the sky looked amazing:

I woke up this morning with a dull ache in my tummy, which, had I been more awake, might have forewarned me, but it wasn't until I got back home that I realised TOM had decided to arrive early. Drat! Plans had to change. So the strength training didn't happen, because I had to do a grocery run, and since then, I've been bloated and achy, so tomorrow instead, all being well.

Still, I had an hour walking at Highwoods, and the shopping walk, and I danced to 6 songs for my Bingo game catch-up. :-) So I did get some exercise in. :-)

Right now though, I'm yawning fit to bust, so I'm off to bed.

Oooh, nearly forgot! I popped into the charity shop on the way back from Waitrose, and grabbed up 6 CDs and a DVD. The DVD was The Time Bandits. The CDs were mostly greatest hits one: 10CC, UB40, Roxy Music, Slade and Genesis, plus Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full album. Got all those for a total of *drumroll please* 65p! They were all Newspaper freebies, so they sell dirt cheap. :-)

Oh yes, and I had my usual little seasonal play-around with my Sparkpage. I hope you approve. :-)

So, I really am off to bed now. :-)
Summer Solstice Blessings to you all.
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 6/23/2011 3:59PM

    You do quite well when not feeling good! No wonder you're amazing when you feel great.

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SCREWIE 6/22/2011 4:00PM

    Love the new page!

I should start remembering solstice and other seasonal stuff... yesterday I only realised what day it was when dad mentioned he'd seen "that place with the big stones where we went a few years ago" in the paper :D

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BOVEY63 6/22/2011 12:44PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day despite TOM. Love the pictures - especially your new background, it looks so peaceful.

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CARLA-216 6/22/2011 11:44AM

    Sounds like a good day to me despite TOM making a surprise appearance. Hope it doesn't give you a hard time this month.

I do like your newly decorated page!


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SENATOR9 6/22/2011 10:02AM

    Love your new profile .Well summer is finally here

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BOE4LIFE 6/22/2011 6:27AM

    Thank you for sharing the beauty with us, that must have been a great walk. Awesome deal on the CD's and DVD don't you just love bargains. Well I need to get my day started. Great job on the exercise keep it up. Blaze On!!

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_LINDA 6/22/2011 2:39AM

    Awesome cloud shots! Always love seeing the greenery :)) I sure would like your secret of how you seem to be able to upload your photos to Sparks so easily all the time!! I love the way you are always changing your backgrounds! So pretty!!
I am so happy not having to deal with TOM, it get so many women down. I have been on depo prevera since 1999 and just love the freedom it gave me!! I went on it because I had weird periods that would come with no warning, could be four days apart!! They were so erratic and ruined so many clothes, I had to do something about it. The four times a year shot is just so convenient and easy to remember.
Feel better today!
Linda xxx

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/22/2011 2:32AM

    Love your new page .You have brightened my day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/22/2011 2:31AM

    Love your new page .You have brightened my day.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/21/2011 7:01PM

    Sounds like a lovely full day! Get a good nights sleep and hopefully you are feeling better in the morning :)
Pics were beautiful...everything is so lush and green!


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Day 66/1000 A little top-up blog

Monday, June 20, 2011

Exercise today:

Tested the last of the outstanding songs for use with Tigger and Roo. 3 CDs of show tunes from such stage delights as Chess, Little Shop of Horrors, and Rocky Horror! :-) Most were too slow, but I got a few gooduns out of it. :-) Timewarp anyone?

Two Mile walk with Leslie Sansone = 32 minutes

Just Dance 2 Bingo: one song = 3 mins

Golf Driving Range - four sessions on Wii Fit Plus = 20 mins

Cycling basics challenge - 3 attempts = 11 mins

Just Dance 2 Challenge, week 4 - 3 songs = 9 mins

Took me to over 8000 steps. :-)

I think I'll play with some strength training tomorrow. :-)

Let's see... Has anything else happened since this morning? Hmmm... Not really. :-) I could waffle on about nothing, or keep this a short blog and call it a night.

I do have some sewing to do. The Littlewoods Sale has given me some great workout clothes as you know, but the leggings I got don't have a pocket for my pedometer, so I need to find a bit of material to make a small one to sew inside them. Time for a wee rummage through my drawers. LOL

So, catch you all later.
Have fun with the rest of your day.
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 6/23/2011 3:15PM

    It's kinda fun to go through old songs!

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_LINDA 6/22/2011 2:04AM

    Great work outs!! I haven't gotten another pedometer after losing/ trashing five :( Women's clothing is lousy for having good pockets. I like the idea of wearing one like a necklace, but haven't seen anything around here that will work that way. They all say should be close to your hip etc.
I can't work out to slow music, but would enjoy listening to the oldies!
ope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!!
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 6/21/2011 2:17PM

    Great job on the workout!
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Love the pics!

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CARLA-216 6/21/2011 12:01PM

    Good girl, planning to play around with stoutness exercises today!


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SAFFYS_PAGE 6/21/2011 8:59AM

    i have a rather nice pedometar that i wear about my neck , when out walking with the dog or can be clipped in my bag if i am going some place i dont want it to show.
i also have a small bag ...( my pouch) that i carry the rest of the essential junk in while i am out and about.
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SENATOR9 6/20/2011 10:58PM

    Those picture of yours are so funny another great workout

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CHEVY63 6/20/2011 8:34PM

    Love the pictures!!! You always make me laugh, have a great night!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/20/2011 8:17PM

    Yes, I am up for a Time Warp...haven't heard that in ages!! I love that you are going to play with strength training tomorrow...what a wonderful way to view exercise...YOU ROCK!!


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ELAOPET 6/20/2011 6:26PM

    I don't own a pedometar and should be ashamed to say what I carry in my pockette when going to exercise. besides doggie poo bags, my keys and a mobile phone instead of a wrist watch (will get one soon) I also carry with me a pack of cigs and a lighter! I am sure I am a sight when lighting one after a good workout or just before...or even during some stretching...I plan on quitting - when I am good and ready. Untill then, main thing - I get out and workout. And hide the cigs if someone's comming!
I love your LOLS! SO cute!

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