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Day 87: Yeo Valley Adverts Rock!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Well, actually they rap in the first one and are a boyband in the second, but they are both a lot of fun. Owl Lovers are in for a treat too, so keep your eyes peeled for Ted!

2010 Rapping Advert

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOHAUvbuV4o

2011 Boyband Advert

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTrG7mpb61U

Well, having sung along to these, I'm off to do some housework. :-)
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 10/12/2011 2:48PM

    Nice...nice indeedy!

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WANDAH3 10/11/2011 5:00PM

    Just stopping by to say hello, how are you. Hope you are having a great day. Hugs,
Wanda

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_LINDA 10/11/2011 2:32PM

    Loved the owl! Nice videos, scenic background to show case those hotties :))
Thanks for sharing! Almost makes on want to drink milk again ;)
Have a Terrific Tuesday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SENATOR9 10/11/2011 12:50PM

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BOVEY63 10/11/2011 12:45PM

    Great videos, and I love the pictures (especially the second one)!
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Have a wonderful day!

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NEW-CAZ 10/11/2011 11:00AM

    ROFLMREO!

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CHEVY63 10/11/2011 9:14AM

    Too Hilarious! I haven't seen these before. Thanks for starting my day off with a smile!

Have a great Tuesday!!!

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Day83. I remember when I said I'd blog every day...

Friday, October 07, 2011

...but it has been two weeks! Well, to be fair, if you read my last blog you'll know I've been contending with a fair bit of, um, pain and stuff recently. So I resorted to my default level of Sparking ... Log in, spin the wheel, update my status, try and do something else, but basically be too lacking in get up and go to do much more.



The important thing for me was getting in whatever exercise I could manage, and at least writing it up in my notebook, even if I didn't transfer the info to Spark. I have occasionally dipped into my inbox, but it has been a struggle, as the 80-odd links to friends blogs that are still untouched attest. I do hope all is well with you and I should manage to start catching up with you all in the next few days (I hope).

So, a pain update:

Bumpy is behaving himself. Occasional twinges, but basically going on as normal now that he has settled back down. I'm carrying on making sure I wear tight clothes to stop him doing his Alien impression during exercise, and grabbing him when I cough or sneeze, to keep him safe. We did consider changing his name to Herman, now that I know he is a hernia, but he has been called Bumpy for so long that I couldn't get used to a change of name now. :-)

Costo has finally calmed down, aside from the odd twinge too. It was a month-long run this time, which is a worry. On the up-side though, it still stopped eventually.

Wee was given the all-clear so the infection wasn't anything worse. Yay!

And my health check went really well, though it was nowhere near as thorough as I had expected.

My cholesterol is fine, well within normal parameters.

So is my blood-sugar.

My weight was a joke though. The old scales I stood on said 12 stone 11, even though I was 12.4 that morning on my Weightwatcher ones. She did allow a few pounds for my clothes though, and said I was as close to healthy as made no odds weight-wise, with a BMI of 25.5 and they want it under 25, so I was on target for that too, more or less.

And that was it! No questions, so I wasn't able to ask about anything that worried me, i.e. my varicose veins, etc.

But she did say that according to their data there was only a 2% chance of me having a heart attack in the next five years! :-) That is good to know. It might make the costo pain less stressful if I keep telling myself the odds of the chest pain it causes really being a heart attack are only one in fifty!!! :-)

In other news...

I treated myself to a slow cooker. It is a nice big one, built to cook meals for 5-6 people. Even though there are only two of us in the house, and sometimes what I cook for me, Tara won't eat, there is method in my madness. Firstly, we do have extra guests sometimes, so a bigger crock pot will be handy then. Secondly, it will be very economical to cook a large chicken in the crock pot, and then divide it up into portions for the freezer. Also, casseroles cook up beautifully in a crock pot, with plenty of leftovers for the freezer too. And keeping the freezer stocked makes it run more efficiently, and therefore more economically.

We are getting solar panels for the roof!!!

The council are doing it as part of their getting greener initiative. Around 2000 of their south-facing roofs are being targetted, and I'm really excited, not least because we will get around 150 worth of free electricity each year! The way it works, apparently, is that during daylight hours our gadgets will run off the electricity generated by the panels, reverting to the usual electricity supply in the evenings. The amount of electricity generated is enough to run a washing machine or a hoover, for instance, but not necessarily the two at once, so we are advised to run our gadgets during the day one at a time to make the most of the free electricity. At the end of each day, any electricity we haven't used gets sold to the national grid, with the Council getting a percentage of the income to feed back into their Green Initiatives budget.



How superbly cool is that?!?!?! As I work from home, I'll really be able to maximise the benefits! Hee hee!

TOM is playing havoc with my weight. I got to a low of 12 stone 3 3/4 last week - a weight I haven't seen in years - but today I am up to 12 stone 8 3/4!!! That is a number I had hoped not to see again! LOL

But I've kept up with my exercise most days. My minimum daily step target is now 7100 steps. My Land's End to John O'Groats walk is going well.
I've walked 316 miles in 82 days, wich equals 3.85 miles per day. So I've dropped a bit from the 4 miles per day average, but there is still plenty of time to build back up again, as I still have 595 miles to go! :-)

And talking of exercise, I'm off to do some now.

Have a terrific Thursday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 10/12/2011 2:20PM

    I'm so glad you're feeling better! And sounds like a good health assessment to me. Sorry you didn't get to ask about your varicose veins, though.

Enjoy that crock pot! It's a great way to cook. And how awesome that you're getting solar electricity!

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Carla

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/11/2011 1:09AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better I love the crockpot too!

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LINDABENEDICT 10/10/2011 1:56PM

    Glad you are on the mend and making progress health wise !! Hope you keep getting better and better !

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_LINDA 10/9/2011 12:12PM

    So nice to have you back with us -a month of that awful pain is just horrible :((
Solar energy -that will be awsome!! Nice savings!!
Enjoy your crockpot!
Way to go keeping up your walking in spite of it all!
Feel better soon,
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 10/8/2011 1:08PM

    Happy to hear that you're feeling better - hope Herman takes it a little easier on you. Love you humor in naming you ailments.

The solar panels and savings you will get is great!
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ANNEMAC5 10/7/2011 4:17PM

    Glad you are feeling bette, great blog as always. Hopefully by next week end you will have lost those few lbs that crept on.like the idea of the free electricity. Love the hula hoop cartoon.
Take care Anne x

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NEW-CAZ 10/7/2011 1:40PM

    Glad you're feeling a bit brighter Lex, take care of yourself hun, have a great weekend....it's getting chilly now emoticon

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SLENDERCLAIRE 10/7/2011 11:00AM

    Another great upbeat blog! Glad to hear that some of the scarier options have been ruled out. Let us know when it's time to say goodbye to Bumpy!

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WANDAH3 10/7/2011 9:39AM

    Lexie...so glad that things are settling down pain wise for you.

How exciting about the "green" steps the council is taking. Woo Hoo. I have been yapping at Garry like a little Terrier dog these past couple of years to look into putting panels on our house for help off setting the cost of electricity. It's expensive though, but just knowing that I am getting "free" electricity is a real bit of excitement. He is coming around...probably out of sheer exhaustion from listening to me!

I love my crock pot. I have a big one also and it comes in so handy for making those meals that can be popped into the freezer or eaten as left-overs. I love making soups and stews in the winter months.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,
Wanda
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SENATOR9 10/7/2011 9:21AM

    Glad your feeling better

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CHEVY63 10/7/2011 8:54AM

    Sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well, but I'm glad the doctor's visit went well. Sounds cool about the solar panels - especially saving money!!

I use the crock pot a lot. It really helps to have a good meal waiting at the end of the day. Enjoy it!

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Day 70 Autumn is here, and I love it! :-)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The leaves are already starting to turn the myriad shades of yellow, orange and red that makes autumn my absolutely favourite time of year. As you can see I have decorated my spark page in an autumn motif, and I'm already feeling calmer, which is no mean feat considering all that I am currently dealing with. I wish I could go sit on the bench under that tree for a while. That would be fabulous!

So, my health has taken something of a leap off the high-diving board, but has fortunately landed me in deep enough water that I haven't banged my head, and I can tread water or swim to shore bit by bit as the various issues are addressed.

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Costochondritis and Tietze's, which I lump together, if you'll pardon the pun. Still being a prize pain in the chest. When the doctor accidentally tapped the Tietze lump yesterday I nearly hit the ceiling! Been more than three weeks this time, which is unusual for me.

My heart is doing its palpitations thing, but that may have been due to the accidental consumption of some caffeine yesterday. I stopped drinking caffeine drinks after being told it might help stop the palpitations, but occasionally I accept a cuppa at a friend's and forget that it has caffeine in.

Sinuses are a bit bunged but are doing better than they were.

Urinary tract infection - the fun just keeps coming, doesn't it. LOLOL
On antibiotics for that, and the doc has sent a sample to the lab cos he didn't like the look of it. Get the results next wed.

Hernia! This was a surprise! I went to the doctor's yesterday with an infection and came out with a hernia, which is a neat trick if you can manage it. LOL It turns out that what I thought was belly fat I couldn't get rid of after Tara's birth has been harbouring a wee guest, in the form of a hernia. I did wonder why that bit felt different from the rest, but I didn't realise you could get hernias from C-sections. The doc told me to cough because he wanted to check for hernias lower down as a possible cause of the pain, and instead got this gopher popping up to say hello from the middle of my tummy. The look of horrified fascination on his face was an absolute picture:



"Cool! Flash! Do that again!"

No, he didn't really say that, but he did ask me to cough again for a repeat performance. I'm not going to forget the look on his face for a while! LOL I did wonder why when I have a coughing fit I have to clutch my stomach to stop it hurting, but as there was no pain or anything otherwise, I never mentioned it to anyone. I named the bulge Bumpy and never gave it a second thought.

Who knew I had Alien hiding in my womanly folds for fifteen years!!!



So, I have an appointment to see the surgeon in a few weeks to discuss options on the whole 'cut me open and fix it' thing. The doc thinks it may be causing some of my pain, though I'm not convinced, but as it can be fixed using keyhole surgery, and he was so nice, I agreed to the appointment. :-)

Plus, on Wednesday I'm booked in for a health check. Apparently I'll get my cholesterol checked among other things. I'll get my test results back at the same time. I should probably mention to them that my varicose veins are getting out of hand then too. Might as well get the whole bod overhaul experience and have done with it. I wonder if they can do them at the same time as the hernia? :-)

So, that's enough of my health woes.

Would you believe that in spite of all this I got my minimum steps in every day this week? I did a lot of walking - Tesco Extra Wednesday, Town and back Monday AND Thursday, and the doctor/chemist circuit yesterday, plus I've been doing a slightly less active version of my Just dance 2 songs when I felt up to it. So not a lot of specific cardio, but at least I've been moving.

In my Land's End to John O'Groats walk, I've reached Hereford and have walked 273.8 miles in 70 days. It falls 6 miles short of my 4 mile a day average target, but hopefully I'll be able to build it back up when the pain eases. I'm still very pleased with how that's going. :-)

My weight has played up a bit this week, but I am back to 12 stone 6 3/4lbs today. I had a pasty on Monday which was a nommy treat, and we had hot dogs for dinner on Thursday (sausages in baps actually), so not the healthiest couple of meals, but all in all not too bad. Water is more or less on target, and the fruit and veg is good aside from the pasty day and the sausage day. Can I count ketchup as a freggie? LOL

We have something exciting on our calendar for October to take my mind off the impending hospital visit. My eldest works for a company called Ways With Words, which hosts Literary Festivals around the country. This year they are running the box office for a children's festival in London

www.wordupfestival.co.uk/

Tara and I are travelling into London on the Monday to spend the day at the festival and see her second-fave author - Jacqueline Wilson (her fave being JK Rowling, who else! LOL). We also have tickets for Christopher Lloyd's entertaining evolution talk. As Bry will be there doing her thing for Ways With Words, I'll get to spend time with both my girls for a few hours. It is 2 hours of travel each way, but it will be worth it. :-)

The only slight irritant is that I had planned to go back to Constable Country that week to see the autumn colours, and will now have to play dodge the TOM to try and visit on my birthday the following week instead. But I'm sure it will all pan out in the end. :-)

So, some good things to look forward to, in spite of everything. :-)

Now to see what I can do about my bulging inbox...
Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 10/12/2011 2:13PM

    I *LOVE* your page all decorated for autumn! L-O-V-E!

I hope your health issues have improved since you wrote this.

How fun to get to travel to London. The festival sounds really neat! And so awesome to get to see Bry, and that Tara gets to see her 2nd favorite author. The Christopher Lloyd talk on evolution sounds good, too!

I hope you get to Constable Country for the fall colors. Hopefully TOM won't appear and mess that up.

xoxo
Carla

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SLENDERCLAIRE 10/7/2011 5:11AM

    What an entertaining blog - so glad to see you don't let your health worries get you down too much! Well, if you can't fix it, you can laugh at it!

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YOYONOMORE1 10/2/2011 5:50PM

    Hey Lexie glad to see you back on our Positive Blogger's thread, I was wondering what in the heck happened to you. I love fall too and all the glorious colors, such a beautiful time of year. Sounds like Oct. is going to be a busy month for you, is your birthday in Sept. or Oct. I have two grandkids and their mom's birthday in Oct. We just celebrated GGS's 3rd birthday Friday night. Hopeing all your health issues get taken care of and dispite of them you have been sticking to your plan, good job. Have a great week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 9/26/2011 11:20AM

    I hope everything is looking up this week and that you and your little alien are feeling better.
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Have a wonderful time at the festival with Tara!
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SENATOR9 9/25/2011 11:34AM

    Lets hope things will start to look better
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/25/2011 11:34AM

    I was just thinking about you .I love your new autumn page,so sorry health woes are plaguing you but as usual you continue to make them a subject of some humour .I hope you have a wonderful time with both your girls !

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WANDAH3 9/25/2011 11:00AM

    Lexie...I love reading your blogs. You are so real. Yes, you are facing some major health issues...but you aren't allowing them to run you life and drag you down. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way. May the Spirit of Health bring you peace, comfort and healing.

Enjoy your time with your girls. What a nice trip you have planned.

Hugs,
Wanda

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/25/2011 10:51AM

    good to hear all your latest news, evenif some of it is not so good. I hope you get a lovely surgeon who treats you like the intellegent woman you are and not some minor inconvenience as some do.
Hope you get to see the autumnal trees, my favourite place for that is the road to Abergavenny from Cwmbran, it goes on to Hereford so not far from you. The road back never quite seems the same...daft but true!
best wishes for the festival, should be wonderful

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SCREWIE 9/25/2011 5:08AM

    Wow, Lex, you have a full plate.
Well done for managing to get your steps in despite everything!

The festival sounds like fun :)

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_LINDA 9/24/2011 11:35PM

    Sorry you are having such a rotten week :( See if thay surgeon can't give you a nice tummy tuck while he is fixing that hernia!! That would totally freak me seeing that pop out (I have seen all the Alien movies several times)
Well done with your steps!
Feel better soon, and enjoy that festival!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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LIFEISSWEET2 9/24/2011 7:37PM

    Love the new page decor, I feel calmer just looking at it too! Love autumn.

Sorry to hear about all that you are going thru healthy wise but it is good that you are still getting in your exercise and taking care of yourself. Had a friend who had hernia surgery last year and she had a quick recovery...and said she wished she had done it sooner (was also carrying around that little alien since the birth of her last child!).

Festival sounds fun, hope you have a wonderful time!

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Day 63. This is why I avoid exercising that involves being prone...

Saturday, September 17, 2011



Yoga Positions being demonstrated are...

Crocodile Twist for me, and Sideways-facing Dog for Sophie! LOL

She did 'Doggie Licking Contorted Human on the Chin Pose' first though. She knows when I'm vulnerable to her antics! *grin*

Can't believe it has been ten days since I last blogged or did anything on Sparkpeople aside from logging in and spinning the wheel. To say I've been going through a rough patch is an understatement, but I'm ticking over. Had a complete rest on Tuesday, and was so tired yesterday that after a very half-hearted 30 mins of cardio I gave up and rested again.

Today I've played with Wii Fit Plus Yoga and Muscle, and hope to get some cardio in once my legs stop shaking! LOL

I am hoping that I may feel better next week. Costo has got such a good grip on me that it is exhausting, and the sinuses are still being a problem, though they are at least improving, albeit slowly.

Weight is a steady 12 stone 6 ish, so I lost the couple of pounds that crept up on me the week before last. 12 stone 5 3/4 lbs is still my lowest weight so far. Hoping to beat that soon. :-)

So that's it really. Just thought I'd pop by and give you a laugh. :-)
Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SHARJOPAUL 9/18/2011 2:11PM

    Living with a dog and a cat I understand the probkem of exercising with them around.

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ODDLASS 9/18/2011 12:57PM

    Love the photo, If we still had our pooch , he would have been very much the same!

We all need a break now and then, and if you are still working with your Costo, not like you are sleeping all day!

In fact, I have now put these little breaks into my plan! work on it, have short week or so rest if you feel low in motivation, just try to maintain as much as possible, bounce back at it .... works for me.

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SASSYBLONDE69 9/18/2011 11:56AM

    Yeah, I have a long haired cat who always wants to lay exactly where my face needs to be! They do make us laugh though.

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LIFEISSWEET2 9/18/2011 11:17AM

    As always thanks for the big grin on my face...what a cute yoga partner! I can't let Bud in the house when I am exercising or he'll do more than lick (he's a knock 'em to the floor kinda of dog!).

I hope you are feeling better very soon.

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CING56 9/18/2011 8:23AM

    Hi, hope you're feeling a bit better. Your blog made me laugh - which is good when you've just discovered you've put on half a stone!!!
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ZURDTA- 9/18/2011 4:18AM

    Get well soon.

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SCREWIE 9/18/2011 4:02AM

    Sorry to hear you're unwell. Hope it gets better soon.

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BOVEY63 9/17/2011 5:52PM

    Love the way Sophie exercises with you.
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I hope today and the upcoming week are much better one for you.
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ONESTUBBORNTART 9/17/2011 2:16PM

    haha replace your dog with my nearly two year old boy and I can relate! Complete with licks!

I hope you feel better soon.

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ANNEMAC5 9/17/2011 12:05PM

    Loved the picture, good yoga positions both of you. Sorry you are having a hard time health wise. Great that your weight is in control. take care.
Anne x

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WANDAH3 9/17/2011 11:42AM

    I love that Sophie does her Yoga with you *grin*

Hugs,
Wanda

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SENATOR9 9/17/2011 10:47AM

    Get well soon Have a nice weekend

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    So sorry to hear you are under the weather. I hope you feel better soon!! emoticon

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Day 50: A Little Motivation Makes a Lot of Difference!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Today I decided to just do enough Cardio to make my minimum daily step target of 6800 steps, which is a bit over three miles.

To achieve that, I...

Walked 2 Miles with Leslie Sansone = 32 mins
Did my Just Dance and JD2 Bingo - 6 songs = 20 mins
Wii Fit Plus Jogging = 10 mins

This gave me a total of 7610 steps, and I thought I'd be more than happy with that...

...Until I checked my progress on the Land's End to John O'Groats walk on my Nintendo DSiXL game Active Health.

It said I'd walked 198.6 miles in 50 days. Oooh, that was so tantalisingly close to the 4 miles a day average I've been aiming for on that walk, that after I let my breakfast settle I just HAD to try for that last mile and a half.

Enter Kendell Hogan and his Slim Down cardio Burn 30 minute video.
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It is official! I have an average distance of 4 miles a day. Now all I have to do is keep it up! :-)

Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ELEGIACSTANZAS 9/7/2011 7:15AM

    Wahey! Go you!!!

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CARLA-216 9/6/2011 2:53PM

    That's tee-totally terrific, Lexie! 4 miles a day is amazing!

xxx
Carla

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SROUS1340 9/4/2011 4:47PM

    Awesome, like you say he challenge is to keep it up! Go for it!

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JUNA89 9/4/2011 11:34AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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    Good for YOU! Congrats. emoticon

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WANDAH3 9/4/2011 10:25AM

    Woo Hoo...congratulations on achieving your goal. You Rock!

Have a wonderful day, enjoy the time the day allows you.

Hugs,
Wanda

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