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Day 233: I managed 5 miles yesterday!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Hee hee! It was a close run thing, because by dinner time last night I was still around 700 steps short of the 11000 that makes five miles on my system. But a little Leslie Sansone-styley walking while watching Grey's Anatomy popped me over the target. My legs weren't thrilled, it has to be said, being as I'd already done 106 minutes of dancing with the Wii and walking with Leslie Sansone earlier in the day, but I was delighted in spite of their moaning! :-)



Thanks to The Big Garden and a trip to Waitrose I have 8761 steps under my belt so far today, and I plan to do some Wii dancing to get the rest very shortly. :-)



And talking of the Big garden, I had a surprise today...

Tara announced as I was leaving the house that she would pop by the garden after she had nipped to Waitrose for some biscuits! Shocked I was, because no amount of cajoling had persuaded her to join me up there before now. Then the bubble burst... She said she would only be popping by to let me know she was on her way home!!!

Now, let's think this through logically... :-)

Waitrose is a ten minute walk from the house, but a 25 minute walk from the Big Garden. So 'popping by' isn't really an accurate statement. :-) It's not exactly like she would have been passing the gate.

Tara has a mobile phone, so if she wanted me to know she was headed home, she could ring me. :-)

It was pouring with rain, which is not a weather option Tara is exactly fond of, especially when it is accompanied by 20 mile an hour winds, low temps and sleet!

But sure enough, she turned up about half past ten, damp but grinning from ear to ear, so pleased with herself for doing it all alone! Awesomeness! :-)

And she really enjoyed herself. :-)

We were huddled in the polytunnel because of the weather, and were making seed pots out of newspaper. I was making cone-shaped pots, and a couple of other people were using a special tool for shaping pot-shaped pots. I showed Tara how to make the cones, and she set to with a will, earning herself a nice cup of tea for her hard work. :-) We left a little early, because by noon the polytunnel was very full of people and Tara isn't the biggest fan of crowds of people, but she really enjoyed herself, and wants to go up there again. :-)

We were pretty soggy by the time we got home, but cold and windy though it is currently, I'm just happy that the snow we got didn't stick. It was too wet and not cold enough. Yay!!! :-)

Of course we really need the rain, so I refuse to moan about it. :-)



Well, Tara is hovering, the dinner's in the slow cooker (an experimental mix of sausages, bean salad, courgettes, mushroom, and chunks of Jerusalem artichoke in a tomato and onion sauce), and the Wii is calling me .. after we've watched Pointless though. Do love that show! :-)

So, I'm off to record my exercise efforts and work on my steps. :-)

Catch you later! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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_LINDA 3/6/2012 12:49AM

    What a fantastic day all around!! Absolutely wonderful Tara joined you at the Big Garden :))) Getting all those steps in!
You are back with a vengeance!!
Hope you and Tara have many more good days to come!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 3/5/2012 9:03PM

    How awesome that Tara joined you and you had such a nice time together at the garden.
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YOYONOMORE1 3/5/2012 6:39PM

    Good job on the all the steps and exercise. That's nice Tara decided to join you and it sounds like you both had some fun. Glad to see you on hear, mom finally got some puter time, lol.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CARLA-216 3/5/2012 3:33PM

    I love that Tara joined you in the Big Garden. That put a big smile on my face!

Your dinner sounds mighty tasty. Making me hungry!

xoxo
Carla

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ANNEMAC5 3/5/2012 2:34PM

    Great blog as always, You sound better looks like you found your get up and go (mine is still lost). Glad Tara decided to join you even if she did it in her own round about way. Hopefully she will join you again. Dinner sounds lovely, yum .
It has felt really cold to-day, wet and windy hope it improves tomorrow as I have the day off. I was at the hospice in Colchester last Thursday, sunny day but was only there for a 3-5 meeting so no free time. Hopefully we can sort out a day this month to meet up for that walk.
Anne :)

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NEW-CAZ 3/5/2012 2:04PM

    Glad you shared a productive day with Tara Lex.
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Day 232: Has it Really Been This Long?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Good grief! It has been a lot of days since I last blogged!

February has been a .....

Month ....



It hasn't been all bad. I just had a lot of tiredness, costo, and a general lack of get up and go.

In fact, if you look at my step count, it is disastrous compared to my normal months. Considering my daily target is 7700 steps currently, I have had a lot of days where I've been under 500! On those days, and sadly there have been quite a number of them, I've done no exercise at all.

I do hate it when my battery goes flat like that. :-(



However, now that March is here, I'm feeling a little more with it. The weather has improved (threats of snow tonight notwithstanding)

Back on the 13th Feb, Castle Park still lay under a lot of snow and ice:



On the 14th I had to brave the ice to take Sophie to the vet with a haematoma in her ear. (The ice was still inches thick on some of the pathways) The vet explained what was happening to her ear, checked her for an ear infection but found her ears were remarkably clean, and ended up unable to explain how she got the thick ear. (My personal view is that she got headbutted by the dog next door, who comes in our garden regularly because the fence is still not fixed, and he is rough with Sophie because his brother bullies him so he is used to playing hard.)

Anyhoo, as she is old, surgery is the last resort, so we decided to leave it to settle on its own. The vet gave her a steroid injection to make sure the ear wasn't irritating Sophie, and over the next few weeks it should thicken and become like a cauliflower ear, and not overly noticeable really, apart from possibly sticking out a bit. The only issue will be if it affects her nearer the ear. If it develops we will have to do the surgery route.

I popped up to Highwoods with her on the way back, which she really enjoyed. The paths were a bit dodgy but we were able to avoid the worst of it.

TOM had kicked in by that point, so I had a couple of quiet days.

The following Tuesday I took Sophie back to the vets for an update on her ear and her annual jab and checkup. Verdict was the ear is starting to settle, the injection went without a hitch and everything felt and sounded fine aside from her usual issues.

We had a couple of trips to Highwoods that week as well. It was lovely to see the place minus the snow again:



Monday 27th and I did a stint at the Big Garden after two weeks of not managing to get there for various reasons. We planted seeds in the polytunnel - two types of Aubergine, hot cayenne peppers and green cauliflower. We also did a lot of leaf-raking.

On Tuesday I took Sophie to the vets just to weigh her on their machine this time. She has piled the weight back on over the last three months, so we need to start working on that again. She weighs 30.5 kilos and they would like her ideally to lose five kilos. She has love handles (the vet's words), and could do with losing them. LOL

She struggled with Highwoods on Wed, but we did well over four miles on the Tuesday so I think she was feeling it a bit.

A couple of days ago I had to give her some medication because she was limping again, but it was a one off probably just from sleeping in an awkward position. She seems ok again now, but I'll take it a bit easier with her around Highwoods. It is just that when it looks as lovely as it did last week, it is hard not to just keep walking and walking. :-)

And here we are in March already! :-)

Crocuses and speedwell in the front garden:





and the daffs and bluebells won't be long either:



Highlight of March so far was yesterday.

I went to the Golden Banana to see a talk given by Gavin Pretor-Pinney - Founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society. I would link you to the website but it is playing up at the moment.

It was great fun! Gavin is an excellent orator. He is amusing, and knows his subject well, and he incorporates the audience by encouraging them to answer qustions for which he hands out goodies such as button badges, patches and for one lucky man a CD of rain sounds! LOL I wanted that CD! I have Kevin Kendle's 'Clouds' which is his musical interpretation of different cloud types and is amazing. I have a CD of Medwyn Goodall's 'April Showers', which is two tracks about 25 mins each - one of a thunderstorm, and one of the same storm but with incidental music. I also have a tape of a storm with Native American Flute played through it by the amazing Kevin Locke.

But I want that CD too! I guess I'll have to save my pennies and buy it. :-)

I was wearing my Cloud Appreciation Society badge, and he spotted me in the audience, which was fun. There were a few members there, but I was the only one wearing a badge. :-)

After the talk we were able to get our books signed. I took my copy of The Cloudspotter's Guide in with me, and he very kindly signed it. I told him I also have signed copies of his Wavewatcher's Companion, and his I-Spy style cloud spotting book, that Bryony bought for me last year when he gave a talk at Ways With Words. He is talking at their Words By The Water Literary Festival this coming Wednesday, so I asked him to say "Hi!" to Bryony for me when he gets up there. He can't miss her. She's the one that settles all the celebrities in when they arrive! LOL

We also talked about the live BBC Weather Watch programmes that he appeared all too briefly on last year, along with some of our members. He was understandably disappointed that they were on camera for barely 30 seconds, after all the trouble they had gone to to be there for the programme.

It was a good programme, but it had way too much stuff crammed into way too short a time, and his portion of the programme ended up way way shorter than they originally intended. Such a shame!

Still, it was wonderful to finally meet him in the flesh, and he is the kind of person you could chat with for hours, he is so easy to talk to. I hope I meet him again one day for a longer chat.

The exhibition at the Golden Banana was wonderful too, and the highlight of that, without a doubt, was the five Constable Cloud Paintings they were fortunate enough to acquire. It was securing them for the exhibition that prompted the invitation to Gavin to give a talk. To quote the Exhibition Curator, "As soon as we knew we had the Constable cloud paintings, I said 'we have to get that cloud man in to give a talk. I couldn't remember his name, but I knew we had to have him!' " LOL



So, there you go. I'm up to date. :-)

Today I promised myself I'd get back on track, and this blog is the start of that, along with joining some team challenges and catching up with friends blogs. Next bit is to do some exercise. I dressed in my kit this morning as soon as I got up but haven't actually done anything yet. :-)

My land's End to John O'Groats target is in jeopardy. I need to walk at least 5 miles a day for the next 28 days to make it, and I don't think that is likely. I will be close though, and my challenge for the next four weeks is to get as close to my target as I can.

I braved the scales this morning and was pleasantly surprised to find I'm at 12 stone 7 1/4 lbs. So not lost but not gained either. :-) It shows that although I may have lost track on the exercise a bit, I have a good handle on my eating and my water intake, even if the water may be a bit lower than I'd like some days.

So, it could have been a lot worse. :-)

Well, I'm off to be a good girl and get some walking in with Leslie and some dancing with my Broadway game on Wii. :-)

Enjoy your day! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 3/5/2012 2:57PM

    I've missed you so much, Lexie! So good to see you back.

I'm sorry your February was tough. It seems to be a hard month for many, myself included. I'm glad you're on the upswing now. I'm also sorry Sophie has had some issues, but glad she seems okay now.

How neat you got to meet and have a chat with Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Sounds like a highlight for sure!

xoxo
Carla

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ZURDTA- 3/5/2012 7:30AM

    Yeah February - say no more! Loving the Spring like weather we are having right now (in Worcestershire it's lovely & bright). I love Spring... I really do!

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MNOT2THICK 3/4/2012 10:21PM

    Hi Lexie,

You were definitely missed. Glad to see you back. I can relate with the steps. It gets challenging when there is snow and ice on the ground. Happy to hear Sophie's ear is getting better

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NEW-CAZ 3/4/2012 3:12PM

    HI Lex nice to see you blogging and I just love your use of pics -I always come away from your page smiling. Good luck for this month hun, kick a*se baby emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 3/4/2012 11:03AM

    Sounds like your are back on track! ;-) Hope you are feeling better and March is your month!! I also hope Sophie feels better. Hugs!!

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BOVEY63 3/4/2012 10:36AM

    Hi Lexie,
Nice seeing a blog from you. I had the same type of month as far as exercise and was below normal numbers. Here's to both of us kicking it up in March!
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Sounds like a great time at the Golden Banana!

Hope Sophie is doing better.
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_LINDA 3/4/2012 10:22AM

    Oh Lexie! So wonderful to have you back -missed you!
So very sorry you had such a rotten month :((
How awesome to meet Gavin and get his autograph on your Cloud Spotter's Guide -never even knew there was such a book!
Poor Sophie and all her problems -happy to hear she is on the mend!
Dealing with a lot of ice here too. Never got much snow, but because of our unusually mild weather what we did get keeps melting then freezing -lots of falls and broken bones and lots of car wrecks :((
Hope you have a fabulous Sunday, and a way better March!!
Love those greenery photos -long way off for any of that here..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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WANDAH3 3/4/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like you have gotten things back on track and are moving ahead again. Sometimes we just really need to rest out bodies and follow that inner guidance. What a great experience being able to attend the cloud workshops.
Love the pictures of the flowers making their appearances once again. YAY, spring is arriving. I need to get my seedling started in the house so that they are ready for my garden in May.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Wanda

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Day 209: Still feeling bleh but I'm a Happy Bunny in spite of it, because...

Friday, February 10, 2012

...Amongst other things, the pavements were clear enough yesterday that we could get to and from Waitrose without incident! The alleyway we normally cut through was an ice rink, but the long way round was clear, so we got a little extra walking in, which helps when you are largely stuck indoors.

The costo is a pain, my joints are feeling the cold, and my ooomph is conspicuous by its absence still, but I'm ok otherwise. I've been getting my work hours in, and reading a lot, and eating properly for the most part (aside from double helpings of cakey thing yesterday thanks to my bad memory, LOL)

On the way back from Waitrose I got myself a bargain at the RSPCA charity shop. A double bed Candlewick bedspread for a pound! I brought it straight home and popped it in the wash because it had a little yellow stain on it, but the stain came out. The only other issue is a teeny tiny hole which I can easily darn. It's going on my bed when it has dried. It should really lighten up my room. :-) Not to mention keeping me toasty warm at night. :-)

Isn't it pretty!





Oooh, and I was very excited to find out that the new exhibition at the Golden Banana (aka the Firstsite Gallery) is right up my street! Right up my Cloud Street to be exact! Not only do they have a collection of Constable's Cloud paintings on view *melts with a squee*, but Gavin Pretor-Pinney - founding member of The Cloud Appreciation Society and author of The Cloudspotter's Guide - is giving a talk at the gallery on the 3rd March at the cost of 5 a ticket!

I rang to reserve a ticket for myself this morning, and discovered that if you are a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, the talk is FREE!!! So all I have to do is take my membership certificate in and I don't have to pay for the talk at all, just sit back and enjoy it!

cloudappreciationsociety.org/

Of course I will also take my Cloudspotter's Guide in to be autographed too. Can't miss that opportunity. :-) I may even try and persuade him to come outside for a quick cloud reading! I am a Devine and I divine by the clouds! LOL

So, seeing as my ooomph is causing problems, I've decided not to waste the time, but to use it to work out a plan of action for when it returns. I've long since believed that my best efforts work when I use the weekly formula of...

Mon: Cardio and Upper ST
Tue: Cardio and Core ST
Wed: Cardio and Lower ST
Thu: Cardio and Upper ST
Fri: Cardio and Core ST
Sat: Cardio and Lower ST
Sun: Cardio only, or Rest

But as I like a variety of things, and tend to be mixing it up all the time, I don't often stick to it.

But over the next couple of weeks I'm going to work out lists for each day of the week, and randomly select options from those lists each day that work those specific areas.

For example: The Just Dance games have a variety of dance moves that target different areas. Some have a lot of arm movement, some have a lot of leg movement, and some have you twisting and bending. So, I plan to place each song in its body area appropriate list. Where they overlap, I'll pick the area they seem to work the most.

Then I will use Random.org to select my exercises each day. :-) I started working on this a while ago, but have some updating to do because I've added Just Dance 3, Wii Sports Resort and Dance on Broadway to my collection since then, and lost a pile of videos online thanks to exercise.tv closing their website down.

I don't know how this will affect my various team challenges, but I'm hoping they will complement each other. :-)

And talking of that, I need to toddle of and play catch-up with my scores reporting.

Enjoy your day! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 2/14/2012 12:31PM

    What a beautiful bed spread! Hope you are doing better and keeping warm!

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SCREWIE 2/13/2012 6:47AM

    Lovely bedspread!

Sorry to hear about your ooomph missing in action and your costo problems. Hopefully all will be ok soon.

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BOVEY63 2/11/2012 11:38AM

    Love the bedspread - beautiful! Even better when you got a great deal!

Have a wonderful time at the Golden Banana and an awesome weekend!

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ANNEMAC5 2/10/2012 4:26PM

    The bedspread is a great bargain it could have cost you at least 40 really pretty. Glad you are having a cloud treat, I love watching the clouds, I did have a quick peek at the web site. You are making positive plans so that is great Looks like you are on your way to finding your oomph,
Anne :)

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_LINDA 2/10/2012 10:59AM

    I have never heard of this candelwick, but what a find! Looks gorgeous!! So sorry you are still battling with your costo :(( Happy you have a safe walking route now.
Sparks has a fitness generator too. No wonder you write everything down, to remember what exercises you did.
That is wonderful to get a perk like the cloud talk, hope you get your autograph and enjoy it!! I expect some cloud photos to celebrate ;))
May your weekend be much better with warmer weather!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ODDLASS 2/10/2012 8:05AM

    nice bed spread! I haven't seen one of those for Years.

What luck with the exhibition and cloud talk!! and you get in fer nowt! even better!!

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WANDAH3 2/10/2012 7:29AM

    The candlewick spread is very nice! Enjoy having it on your bed. What a great opportunity to sit in on a talk without having to pay for it...bonus!
Your plan sounds like a lot of fun at the same time as a great workout.

Have a wonderful day,
hugs,
Wanda

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CARLA-216 2/10/2012 7:25AM

    What a find at the charity shop! How nice.

Hope the costo eases up real soon, and that you guys have a nice thaw out headed your way.

xoxo
Carla

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NEW-CAZ 2/10/2012 6:29AM

    Lex that candlewick spread is a great find!
Love your plan for mixing it up and keeping interested.
Keep warm hun, it's flippin freezing out there

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Cat Invades Football Pitch

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSBkK2B6AfI&
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You know I love my LOLCATS, so here's a live one for you!
Hugs,
Lex xxx

  
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NYARAMULA 2/9/2012 12:37AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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_LINDA 2/8/2012 10:44PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SENATOR9 2/8/2012 10:08PM

    We get all kinds here too It's entertaining

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ANNEMAC5 2/8/2012 1:37PM

    I watched it live. I was really worried at one stage the cat looked terrified.
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BOVEY63 2/8/2012 1:17PM

    I saw this on the television and they said this wasn't the first time the cat had interrupted a game. I guess that's what you get when your mascot is a cat!
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MAURIZIA 2/8/2012 8:24AM

    Lexie, they should this on the morning news show I taped...gotta love kitties - the world is theirs!!

Hugs! Did that sn*w melt???

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    Saw it on the news Lex, wonder what side he supported emoticon

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Day 207: My Get Up And Go Got Up And Went!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012



*Heavy Sigh*

It has been a few days of really struggling to find my ooomph! I hope today may be better, but I'm not confident. Yesterday I did manage 30 mins playing on the Wii Fit Plus, and did 8 songs on Just Dance. But by the third song my heart wasn't in it, and it was only the fact that I had a Bingo to claim that forced me through the rest of the songs. My scores certainly reflected my flat battery!



I've been feeling out of sorts, nothing I can put my finger on, except I think from the back pains and breathlessness that the Costo is partly to blame. It is here more often than not these days. Also, the stress of having to walk on such icy pavements to get to the shops can't be helping. I hold myself stiff from fear of falling, and that has a knock-on effect on the Costo.



You know it's bad when you see me going to bed at 11pm when I'm normally up through the wee small hours. :-)



Never mind. This too shall pass. So I keep telling myself. :-)



On the good news front I weighed myself today and I'm 12 stone 7 exactly. :-) So slowly heading in the right direction again. :-)



Well, I'm off to play Jigidi until Tara deigns to get out of bed, and then I'll see how much dancing I can do before my ooomph levels run out.

Catch you all later.
Have a great Day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ODDLASS 2/9/2012 10:40AM

    I agree with the other wise sparkers , this weather is our 'natural' curl up and preserve energy winter survival mode! It is only natural to just want to curl up in front of a fire with food!
Plus it is a proper pain walking on the icy paths! no fun at all (even without it being so cold!) I really am having trouble motivating to go and do ANY work out today!! Add your health problems on top and I think it is bound to get you like this from time to time. But turn turn turn! The 'get up and go' season is just around the corner!!
And I think you do brilliant to keep on going the way you do!!

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_LINDA 2/8/2012 10:40PM

    Its tough to feel like doing much when you are sore :( Hope it releases for you soon. Streets and sidewalks still icy here too, had some nail biters walking to the club, happy to be off tomorrow, so only two games this week. Unfortunately you do go stiff and tense trying to walk on it :(
Try not to make any trips if you don't have to and stay home and look after yourself..Hope you get some melting weather..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SENATOR9 2/8/2012 10:05PM

    winter blues

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ANNEMAC5 2/8/2012 1:35PM

    Hope you feel more oomp soon. It is this horrible weather. I love all your pictures they make me smile.
So pleased with your weight you are doing great.
Anne :)

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BOVEY63 2/8/2012 1:19PM

    It's most likely the weather. I find that my get up and go usually disappears on gloomy days.

Here's to lots of sunshine ahead!
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CARLA-216 2/8/2012 11:25AM

    I hope you're back in top form before long. Take good care of yourself, friend.

AND - let's hope that the pavements are all clear soon!

xoxo
Carla

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ZURDTA- 2/8/2012 10:14AM

    Hope whatever it is, it passes really quickly! Hugs xx

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AZMOMXTWO 2/8/2012 6:30AM

  You are still trying that helps and you can do It

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