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i had such a lovely day

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Frank took me to Monterey today. We have been wanting to go since the weather has been so beautiful so today, we went. Evn though I was supposed to do the 28 day workout today. Well gee, that's a toss up. Monterey wins! We drove down, went to a deli, got sandwhichws and headed to the beach with our big chairs. We ate lunch, watching whales blow spouts up into the air offshore, then fell asleep in the sun. After a quick nappy, I had to pee so we packed up, went to a restroom and then took a nice 50 minute walk along the paths of the ocean. Heaven! Then we sat and watched the sunset and started the `where do you want to have dinner` conversation. I was at the edge of my limit so i said, lets just eat the other half of our sandwiches and we did, happily eating as we drove home. My San which was rotisserie chicken with Swiss and bacon, those 2 measley precooked pieces. I got 100 calorie packs of reduced pringles because I have a portion problem and I brought a 100 calorie pack of chocolate pretzels while frank had peanut m and M's. I also brought an apple.

I say all of that to say this....I had a nice day with my husband and a nice lunch and yes I could have gone high wild and had a fattening restaurant meal because it was a special day. Ut it was a special day because of my hubby not because of how much food I could have. Besides, I have worked really hard this week to lose one measly pound and i wasn't going to blow it. Not today. Hopefully not tomorrow either. But definatly not today.

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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 3:09PM

    What a great day you had! Fabulous choices too. You're right, it was a special day because of your hubby, not because of the food.

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TERRYT55 1/14/2012 9:59PM

    I love Monterey! Such a beautiful city! Happy you had such a terrific day with your hubby AND made good choices. Way to go, Jan

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/14/2012 12:05PM

    It sounds like a wonderful day!

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KKINNEA 1/13/2012 6:04PM

    Fantastic - a great day with spouse and sticking to good habits!

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PAMATX 1/13/2012 5:45PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! I would love to see the whales!

I like coming to your page and seeing your puppy.

(This is as close as I could get to a whale.) emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/13/2012 4:39PM

    I am so proud of you. And man that sounds like a super lovely day. xoxoxo

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CANNIE50 1/13/2012 4:18PM

    ah, Monterey - love Monterey. Your day does sound lovely, and how wonderful that you look back on it with pleasure, and not regret about eating too much. emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 1/13/2012 1:48PM

    I love Monterey and it sounds like the perfect way to spend a day to me.

Way to go on passing up a high calorie dinner and concentrating on your man! :)

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/13/2012 1:44PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Glad you both enjoyed it so much!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/13/2012 12:25PM

    Sounds like a good day and good choices. WONDERFUL!

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BIGMAMAT 1/13/2012 9:50AM

    So proud of your choices! You inspire me mama! hugs. T

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PJH2028 1/13/2012 7:39AM

    Appreciating the fullness of the day ... with food on the side not at the center. THAT's LIVING!!! Monterey is great! And so are YOU!!! xop

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/13/2012 7:32AM

    That sounds like a FANTASTIC day! LOVE the 100 calorie packs too!

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DAISY443 1/13/2012 4:46AM

    emoticon Wonderful day, wonderful self control. Who could ask for anything more!

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123ELAINE456 1/13/2012 2:12AM

  Sounds like you had a Beautiful Day and time with your husband. I like your blog very much also. I would love to do something like that myself some day. Monterey is an awesome place to go to. God Bless You and have a Wonderful Week.

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CELLISTA1 1/13/2012 2:03AM

    How lovely! As you know, I was in Carmel recently, and Point Lobos, and Monterey - had to take the kids to the aquarium. I am so impressed with the way you handled the food part of it. It's so tempting and so easy to add to the pleasure of the experience with a fancy dinner, but you didn't need it, you had all the pleasure and joy without it. How Sparked is that!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/13/2012 12:09AM

    I am so jealous! Mostly b/c you're so close to our favorite place on Earth, Carmel-by-the-Sea. If you go there, make sure you save up your calories and go to Patisserie Boissiere. ( They had the best rigatoni with meat sauce ever and a decadent chocolate cake (not too big). It is a SUPER romantic restaurant with natural lighting to die for.

Sounds like a perfect day!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/13/2012 12:01AM

    It sounds lovely. It's frigid here, but my husband and I left when I got off work, drove into the snowy (sort of) countryside and watched the sun set. It was sweet and romantic and lovely and quiet...and then we did go to dinner but I was very careful at dinner. I, like you, am NOT going to re-gain what I fought to lose! :)
Glad you had such a wonderful day.

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Monday, January 09, 2012

I wish I had enough time in the day to tell you how much you mean to me. Your comments and cheerleading bring so much joy to my life. You are always there when I have something happy or sad. You understand and you cheer me on. You have become so dear to me. I wish i had time to answer each of you or thank each one of you personally. You make me happier than cookies. And you know how much they mean to me. So for now, thank you, I love you and if you need me, I will be there for you, too.

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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 1:51PM

    "You make me happier than cookies."

So do you *hugs*

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GRACEISENUF 1/12/2012 12:59PM


you are so easy to love

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BIGMAMAT 1/12/2012 6:30AM


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    Your friendship also means a lot!! You are there for us too!


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CULAINA 1/11/2012 1:36PM

    It's because you're worth it *swishes hair*

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ALOFA0509 1/11/2012 8:08AM

Your emoticon!!!!!!

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SARAWALKS 1/10/2012 8:57PM

    Happier than cookies? You expect us to believe that? Boop boop a doop!
emoticon CELLISTA

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OJIBWEEQUAY 1/10/2012 4:33PM

    Yes wonderful lady!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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KKINNEA 1/10/2012 3:45PM

    Right back at ya!

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CELLISTA1 1/10/2012 2:57PM

    Yes, but... do we make you happier than cake pops?

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/10/2012 12:44PM


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1CRAZYDOG 1/10/2012 11:00AM

    Wonderful blog and I feel the same way!! Hard to think of loving anything more than a fudge covered Oreo, but Spark People is it! LOL Have a great day.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/10/2012 10:30AM

    You know how much I love you my friend. I am always here for you

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MAMADWARF 1/10/2012 8:59AM


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/10/2012 8:17AM

    Your friendship means a lot and I'm so glad we're doing this together!

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DAISY443 1/10/2012 5:44AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That's how happy you make me and then some!

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CANNIE50 1/9/2012 11:47PM

    Okay, I thought it was sweet until you said we make you happier than cookies, and then I thought it was emoticon We are all here on this Earth to love, and be loved. Mission accomplished, Mama. emoticon

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TERRYT55 1/9/2012 11:34PM

    Your comments and friendship mean so much to me too.........It's wonderful to have SP friends like you.

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Stuff I haven't told you that isn't really important but you might be interested in... (pics)

Sunday, January 08, 2012

1. When we were down in the dunes, I got a call from Kady's dr. SHe had an endoscopyt before Christmas and while he thought everything looked great, he did some biopsies of some small areas of inflammation. Anyway, he called and the spots are general inflammation, not CROHN's so here we are, 11 months after removal of her colon with NO CROHN'S disease (active)..... That is the best, best news!! It means what treatments she is on now is working. So relieved.

2. When we were down in the dunes, we had so much fun riding up these massive hills and playing and having fun. Then we went up a tiny little hill and this happened....

Frank was driving and it was the slowest tip over I could have ever imagined but I did kind of freak out. I was hanging sideways and Frank was cracking up so I unhooked my belt and just started stepping and clamboring everywhere I could to get out as fast as possible... Then I laughed. I might have stepped on his face, Im not sure. lol.

3.This is me driving:

4. And because I havent show you pictures of Cortez lately, he is now 8 months old and 60 pounds!!!! Him and Stitchy are very good friends now and love to play together. We call him "Bubs" which started out as Chubby Wubba and just ended up being Bubs. It fits him. He is a riot.

That's all for now, just a few things that I have wanted to tell you that I am just getting around to. Have a great night!

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GRACEISENUF 1/12/2012 1:01PM

    emoticonKADY NEWS!

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GRACEISENUF 1/12/2012 1:01PM


great pics!

love me some Chubs "shots".

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CULAINA 1/11/2012 1:35PM

    The stepping on frank's face part actually made me lol *grin*

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BIGMAMAT 1/9/2012 11:03PM

    OH mama, you are a riot! I live dangerously though you so keep up the good work! hahaha I laugh. emoticon

Great news on Kady! :)

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IMIN2GENES 1/9/2012 9:56PM

    Woo hoo! Great news, good fun and what an adorable pup!

PS - I just got the DVD yesterday... I'm off to go read your experiences.

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TERRYT55 1/9/2012 7:30PM

    Great news about Kady!

Terrific pictures. Happy the roll was slow and no one was hurt. Cortez is absolutely adorable.

Happy 2012!

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/9/2012 12:29PM

    OMG I am so so so so so so so so so sosoooo happy for you and Kady!!!!! Heck yes remission!!!!

Cortez. Is. Adorable.

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KKINNEA 1/9/2012 12:21PM

    Good news and fun here - always a good combo!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/9/2012 12:04PM

    SO glad to hear that Kady is doing well. Cortez is SO cute!!!

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LISALGB 1/9/2012 9:42AM

    Wonderful news about your daughter!!! Praises!! And, what a cute dog - I love his name!! He looks like a "Bubs." Very fitting!!
I have never been in a dune buggy but it looks like a blast!! How funny that you might have stepped on your husbands face trying to scramble out!! Just too funny!!
Glad you had such a good time and everyone is safe and sound.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/9/2012 9:13AM

    Love the pic of you driving the buggy. Laughed so hard tears were streaming picturing you hurrying out of that tipped buggy! That would be me . . . for sure!!

So very happy to hear that DD doesn't have Crohn's. I can imagine the sense of relief.

Have a great Monday.

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SHAWFAN 1/9/2012 7:53AM

    Great photos and great news on your daughter!

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    I call my pug bubs too! Cortez is adorable.

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DAISY443 1/9/2012 4:44AM

    Good thing you have lost all that weight before stepping on hubbies face! So glad Kady is doing so well.
Daisy dog send hugs to Stitchy and Bubs! emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 1/8/2012 11:32PM

    Wonderful news!

Good luck with the DVD

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    Excellent medical news!!

Girl so glad you weren't injured in the world's slowest capsize! Love the pup, smoosh those jowls for me.

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ERINBEAR1876 1/8/2012 11:01PM

    Love the pictures! You look so flipping cool in your dune buggy thing (yes, flipping is an intended pun!!). I love your pup! Great news about Kady and the colon...that is great the treatment is working!

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CELLISTA1 1/8/2012 10:55PM

    So glad to hear about Kady! And think about it, if you hadn't lost all this weight, you couldn't have clambered out of the buggy so easily, plus when you stepped on Frank's face, you would have squished it.

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LILLI56 1/8/2012 10:47PM

    bubs is so cute. the black lab is really pretty. We have a Molly BB the BB stands for butterball. Her mom is 4 lbs her dad is 8 and she weighs 12. She really isn't fat just big when you compare her to her parents. You look like you had a great time in the dunes.

I am so glad that the Crohns is under control! That is wonderful news.

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CANNIE50 1/8/2012 10:40PM

    oh my gosh - that is a whole lotta cute, your little BUbs. GREAT news about your darling girl, I am happy to read that. That is a really cute picture of you, by the way. I am guessing your man has forgiven you for stepping on his face......

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    Love the photo's! Great news from Kady's DR!!!

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DVD Update. Yea, already.

Saturday, January 07, 2012 I have crawled back to my computer to update on what just happened. I did all the video except for the 30 minute all over body thing. I just could not do it. Well, I mean I COULD have done it if I had to or there was a prize involved but the rest of the dvd is really good.

THere are modifications available but there were things I simply was unable to do because I can not be on my knees so I just made stuff up and kind of crunched or used my hand weight portion or generally flailed about. I wish there were more modifications for those of us with bad knees.

Oh yea, I also found out I apparantly have really weak wrists too (as in putting all my weight on them).

I think the video will be good for me to do the 28 day thing where you just do one part or another or if I can pick and choose a certain workout instead of trying to do all of it. You know, like it was INTENDED to be done, not like I decided I was gonna be super Jan or something and do all of it.

I am going to log my fitness stuff, take a shower (definatly necessary at this point) and spend the day staying away from cookies.

I hope you guys have a great saturday. Do something different today, laugh at yourself, write a blog, try a recipe or call a friend. Dont waste today.

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IMIN2GENES 1/9/2012 10:01PM

    Go Jan! All I can see is that pic of you in the cape flying out behind you...

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/9/2012 12:30PM

    I'm proud of you.

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LESLIES537 1/8/2012 7:48PM

    I love it! Flailing about burns calories too! emoticon

GREAT work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Do what you can MD. Modify and keep moving. You can, I can, we all can.....Now go.

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ERINBEAR1876 1/8/2012 12:45AM

    I am starting this on Monday. I just got the DVD a few days ago in the mail. You make me nervous about it ;o}

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GRACEISENUF 1/7/2012 10:07PM

    Woo Hoo for you! I did have a great day...mainly drove alot but managed to get 20 plus miles of walking/hiking in up at Bass Lake the past week. It was great having some "alone time" in the woods. That was the farthest I have traveled all by myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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CULAINA 1/7/2012 8:01PM

    You are one crazy mama! I heard the cookies talking earlier, they said they don't like you any more. In fact, I think I overheard them saying they hate you. Maybe you should put some space between you and give them a chance to calm down.

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JITZUROE 1/7/2012 5:28PM

    Whew!! Congrats on the crazy workout! I swear I was sweating just reading it! (drip drip).
Thank you for the info about the knees. I need to be careful with mine too.
No cookies!!!!

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    OK, Jan...I thought that was superhuman of you! I hope you keep up the habit, though...doing the DVD, I mean, not being Supergirl!

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SARAWALKS 1/7/2012 2:56PM

    emoticon You are getting me interested in this! May have to head to Target...
Think of those cookies as big fat couch potatoes, you want to stay away from them...forget they exist...I exiled some cookies to my pantry today... emoticon

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DAISY443 1/7/2012 2:23PM

    I have found that I can do some kind of modification for any of those I can't do! Don't squat so deep, don't lunge so far, etc. Worse case, I just march in place until she moves on to something else. They do get easier the 2nd or 3rd time through. I'm trying to get back to a regular exercise routine after 3 months of almost no st or cardio, so almost like starting over.
Keep letting us know how it's going! I always enjoy your blogs, thanks! emoticon

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28 day boot camp....oh boy.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

So I got this little email from spark asking if I would be interested in their new 28 day Bootcamp dvd and if so, they would send it to me to review. Well, free and me go way back so of course I said yes.

I was really excited to get a package in the mail on thursday (I had forgotten all about it) and there was the dvd with cutie Coach Nicole on the cover.

This morning was the first chance I have had to look it over so I popped it in my laptop and have looked through the various options. There is a 28 day program which is really cool or you can make your own work outs from the various options available. There is also a bonus section with some tips etc.

My review needs to be up by January 31 so I wont have time to do the entire 28 day program but I am going to do the entire 84 minute workout in a few minutes and on Monday, will start the 28 day program.

This is huge for me because I normally do a 10 minute workout and pat myself on the back then walk my dog with hubby for an hour in the evenings while I think about cookies. Oh yea, I am a calorie burning MACHINE!

I will do the 28 day deal for a few weeks and give some periodic reviews or whimpering as the case may be and then I will do a final review.

Spark is offering a $3.00 coupon on the site and you can also buy the dvd at Target if you are interested in trying it along with me.

If you know me at all, you know I am going to be honest about my opinion on the dvd but just by looking at it, I think it is going to be a winner.

Stay tuned as the torture begins. Guess I better take my slippers off and get a bra on so I can get my groove on without injury. Wish me luck!

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IMIN2GENES 1/9/2012 9:58PM

    Lucky you! I bought mine but at least I had the coupon. LOL! I'm looking forward to hearing more!

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LESLIES537 1/8/2012 7:51PM

    I think it's great that you're pushing yourself and going above and beyond the call of duty! Big pats on the back for you! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 1/8/2012 7:17PM

    " Well, free and me go way back so of course I said yes. " Best line ever!

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KKINNEA 1/7/2012 4:25PM

    Awesome! I bought mine sight unseen so I'll be interested in your take.

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    Are you supposed to do an 84 minute workout every day? Dang!

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    Good for you Jan! I wasn't cool enough to get a free copy so I can live vicariously through you ;). I am proud of you for trying something new.

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    This is going to be wonderful for you! Go you!

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PJH2028 1/7/2012 1:33PM

    Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing.... yeah yeah!!!

I'm SO looking forward to hearing more about this! ;-)

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DAISY443 1/7/2012 1:10PM

    Anxious to hear how it goes! I have one of her DVDs and like it a lot! Go for it!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/7/2012 1:08PM

    Always good to get that "groove thang" in gear!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/7/2012 1:00PM

    I got my freebie in the mail too! I started this week, so far so good, we shall see!

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