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My Number, 61 Days to Strength, Speed & Stamina and I NEVER's

Monday, May 02, 2011

I used to have 125 lbs as my number... Im 53 and a small to medium build. Ive always held my weight well (meaning that I never looked quite as heavy as the scale said). I came up with that number based off some friends of mine who are about the same height as me and weigh around 125 lbs. I like the look of that weight on girls my height and voila! you have my number But Ive been thinking about my number and wondering if, with my fitness goals, if that weight is feasible for me. I decided its not At least not this point in time. And if it is I wont know until I get closer to that goal to see what I look like anyway so I might as well make a goal I KNOW is realistic right? So, yesterday I changed it to 135 lbs

Heres how I came up with that number My first train of thought is that 125 is a daunting little number. The little voice in my head says How the crap do you expect to reach that weight again?! and even though I haven't listened to him much lately, because hes usually a total turd, hes kinda right about this one. 135 lbs is only 25-ish lbs away from where Im at right now (minus TOM weight) and very doable. I can reach that sometime between July & September if not sooner (which I'm hoping sooner). I want to look 125 lbs, but if I have muscle I will weigh more. My friend and previous personal trainer, Brittany, is 51 and 130 lbs of practically pure muscle.

Shes more muscular than I want to be so since Im taller and will have more body fat than her (aka boobs) I figure 135 lbs is a good place to start. 135 lbs is still in my healthy BMI range too and again if I feel great and don't feel like I need to "lose" anymore weight, then I won't. I don't want to feel like I HAVE to hit 125 lbs.

So I made 135 my goal and if I feel I need to lose more weight then I'll take it 5 lbs at a time...

Speaking of muscle, as of today Im starting my own 61 Day Strength, Speed and Stamina Challenge. Im not going to worry about me "bulking up" because genetically (without taking "supplements") girls can't look like guys muscle wise. Muscle is good... There's a little strength training routine in May's edition of Fitness Magazine (which you can also find on the website) called Beach Body Boot Camp and I'm fitting that into my schedule to get a little more strength training in than what my circuit training offers. Im doing RushFit for circuit training. Its made my GSP (Georges St.Pierre mmmmm)

and his trainer Erik Owings (whos not so bad looking either).

Plus the girls that are in these video have REALLY nice bodies and are good motivation (as if GSP isnt enough motivation). This video series is going to give me strength, endurance, stamina and explosiveness (which Im hoping will help with my running speed). Then I will be running 3 days a week. One day will be 4-6 miles, one day will be intervals (to work on my speed) and then a long run on the weekends.

Speaking of running, I did my first half marathon yesterday!! It was quite the experience and something I never thought feasible. Now that I can do that, Im thinking Psh! I can do an IronMan Triathlon one day! Crazy I know but now ANYTHING is possible. Ive pushed my body farther than I ever thought I could. I NEVER would have thought I, of all people, would be running a half marathon I HATED running in high school, but now its a passion of mine. I NEVERthought I was built for long distance running, I NEVER thought I would be a runner, I NEVER thought I would be an athlete, I NEVER thought I would stand out in a crowd, I NEVER thought I could do something that most people think I would be crazy for doing The I NEVERs can go on and on but Ive proved myself wrong in almost all of them and I KNOW I can prove myself wrong on the rest of them

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ROCKSPARK2012 6/16/2011 2:14PM

    Keep it simple Melissa. Take each day on its own merits/goals. When I finally reprogrammed my mental approach to fitness as a journey vs. a destination, I woke up one morning to find I had accomplished one day at a time what I could never have imagined when I started. Don't sell yourself short....TODAY, and tomorrow will take care of itself. :)

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KKINNEA 5/3/2011 10:50AM

    Nice job, you did it! There's a lot of us that never thought we would be runners or athletes - good thing we were wrong!!

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SHELLEY81 5/3/2011 8:46AM

    COngrats on your first 1/2! emoticon

Good for you for reflecting on your goal weight and making changes that might be more realistic for you and your fitness goals!

Your 61 days sound awesome... keep us updated!

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    Welcome to the 13.1 club! You never truly understand until you've done it for yourself. An accomplishment for sure. Have a great 61!


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LOTUSFLOWER 5/2/2011 10:13PM

    I am so proud of you!!!!! Way to rock that half marathon!!

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WEEZYB7881 5/2/2011 9:37PM

    it's so personal, isn't it? Good for you for figuring out what works for you

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EMMANYC 5/2/2011 9:29PM

    I found this article helpful on the subject of choosing a goal weight. It sounds like you're on the right track for you.

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New Running Shoes!!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

So yesterday I went to Dick Pond Athletics to get fitted for some running shoes. I didn't know what to expect exactly... Money's kinda tight but my WONDERFUL DH wanted me to get shoes that will be good for me and (hopefully) last a while... The guy there was VERY helpful. I took my shoes and socks off and he had me stand in place, balance on each foot and walk up and down this strip of track that they had in the floor. With each shoe I tried on, he encouraged me to run on the track strip, the treadmill in the store or even outside on the concrete sidewalk to test them and get a good feel for them... Well I settled on the Asics GEL-DS Sky Speed which were the second pair that I tried on. And their not ugly either (to me anyway)! BONUS!!!

So since I got them not even 2 days before the race, the guy at the store said that you usually want to break shoes in before you race in them, but since my old ones were giving me some knee pain, I didn't want to run a half marathon that's on mostly pavement in shoes that give me pain on trails. So he suggested that I wear these AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE over yesterday and today to try and break them in as much as possible until the race today.

Well here it goes! Breaking them in for the big day tomorrow!!! AH! emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 4/30/2011 10:54PM

    Love the color, very fun (as I feel running shoes ought to be!) I think definitely that the knee pain worn out shoes would cause is worse than any blister you might get from a shoe that isnt properly worn in... you'll probably be just fine! Enjoy... new shoes are such a great motivation!

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/30/2011 6:45PM

    Good luck!!!! They are super cute, too.

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BABY_GIRL69 4/30/2011 5:15PM

    Good luck & they are too cute. I guess that was my problem with running shoes in the past, they weren't a good look.

God bless & enjoy the race!


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OILOVETEA 4/30/2011 1:17PM

    wow they look nice!! how fun!

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CLS413 4/30/2011 12:39PM

    Awesome, good luck!

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Finally!!! 30DS Results & Insanity Beginnings... Plus Running!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

So it's been one month since I've blogged... Sorry. It's been a myriad of reasons why I've been MIA. But what's important is that I'm back and going strong... so far.

I finally have my results for you from my 30DS experience. I started mid July and had a couple week hiatus a few weeks in so it actually took me 2 months or so to get it done. I haven't gained much (just like a lb) or lost any weight since I've kinda been on this low point which is okay... At least I haven't gained right? So my beginning measurements were:

Neck: 13"
Arms (average): 13.13"
Waist: 37"
Hips: 43.25"
Thighs (average): 25.5"
Calves (average): 15.38"
Weight: 175lbs

Final 30DS results and Insanity Beginning results are:

Neck: 12" (-1")
Arms: 12" (-1.13")
Waist: 33" (-4" - This is were I loose my weight first... especially around my ribcage.)
Hips: 42" (-1.25")
Thighs: 24" (-1.5")
Calves: 15.25" (-.13" - this is the area that I have the least amount of fat to loose.)
Weight: 163

Totals Lost are 12lbs and 8.38"! Not bad eh? Especially since most, if not all of that was done within a months time.

I just started Insanity on monday... Even though I wanted to start a month and a half ago. Oh well... I've started and that's all that matters. There's a quote that I found that has been my motivation to keep going... Right now it's easier cause it's new but after a while it may get more difficult... I have to remind myself that "If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed."-- David Viscott

Insanity has been good... DEFINITELY lives up to it's name. I did my fit test on Monday and here are my totals:

Switch kicks: 61
Power Jacks (These are killer!): 45
Power Knees: 93
Power Jumps (Phew!): 34
Globe Jumps: 8
Suicide Jumps: 11
Push-up Jacks: 15
Low Plank Oblique: 50

Can't wait to see my fit test results in a week or so!

As for my running, that is something that I haven't stopped doing. I'm actually still training for a 5K. I'm participating in Chicago's Hot Chocolate 5K on November 6th. I'm up to running 2.87 miles (so close!). I'll be doing the 3.1 miles by next week!

I think that's about it for right now... I'm starting to fall asleep so I'm going to bed. I have an active day ahead of me tomorrow... Insanity, Running, Tennis and garage sales, then going to a nice lounge for a friends birthday...

Oh before I go... I FINALLY got some pictures of that life changing bachelorette party I blogged about... Here's a few of my faves! Enjoy and good night!

See! I have an MGD 64 in my hand!

Having fun!

The girl in the middle is my next door neighbor/running partner and I work with both of them.

I was poppin' it like no body's business and my neighbor couldn't figure out how to do it... She was getting so confused! It was great!

Me & the Bride-to-be!

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BARBARACT 12/30/2010 9:36AM

    emoticon results! emoticon emoticon

You look so pretty in the photos...thanks for sharing!

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LESLIES537 10/18/2010 11:05AM

    HOLY MOLY!! Awesome results girl!! I ended up doing a whole 11 days of the 30ds but decided to start it again and finish it! After seeing your results I'm pumped to get it done. Thanks for posting and inspiring!!

Also, you look gorgeous in those pics!! Pop it and Lock it! Haaayyy! emoticon

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REEKU731 10/18/2010 10:00AM

    You look SO pretty in your photos!! I love love LOVE that top!!!

Your results are amazing and you should be SO proud of yourself! You are going to DESTROY that next fit test that you do! I know it!! You'll totally kick butt!!!

Keep up the great work honey!

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NAMSMOMMY 10/18/2010 12:39AM

    You did awesome!

And you will ROCK your 5k. My friend so accurately labeled it "5k the gateway drug" seriously, already looking for my next one and just finished mine today!!

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POORGIRL_DIET 10/17/2010 7:25PM

    awesome babe. Well done

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TIPYRAIN 10/16/2010 7:39PM

    GEEZ LOUISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You GO girl!!!! AWESOME results!!! So worth it, huh?!!!

I wanna do that!!!!!!!!!!! I'm willing to work for it but I don't have the $$$ for the DVD's. Do you think I would be able to benefit from it cuz of knees? Or is there A LOT of knee work?

You are a HUGE Insiration AND SO PRETTY TOO!!!! I"m going to figure a way to steal those dimples! SO JEALOUS. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Airplanes for Motivation

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This has been my FAVORITE song lately... I listen to it no less than 4 times a day... Eminem's verse is very raw (like he usually is) emoticon

This song comes in good time, while I'm trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow-up and trying to pursue my dreams...

Let me know what you think...

WARNING: There are some curse words for those of you who may be sensitive to that.

Airplanes Pt2 (Featuring Haley Williams & Eminem)

[Chorus - Hayley Williams]
Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now
Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now

[B.o.B - Verse 1]
(ya) Lets pretend like it’s 98
like i’m eating lunch off of styrofoam trays
trying to be the next rapper comin out the A (A-town)
Hoping for a record deal to ignore my pain (ya)
now lets pretend like i’m on the stage
and when my beat drops everybody goes insane (woo)
okay and everybody know my name
and everywhere I go people wanna hear me sing (oh)
oh yeah and I just dropped my new album
on the first week I did Five-Hundred Thousand
gold in the spring and diamond in the fall
and then a world tour just to top it all off
and lets pretend like they called me the greatest
selling out arenas with big a$$ stages
and everybody loved me and no-one ever hated
lets try to use imagination

[Chorus - Hayley Williams]
Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now
Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now

[B.o.B - Verse 2]
Okay lets pretend like this never happened (never)
like I never had dreams of being a rapper (rapper)
like I didn’t write raps up in all of my classes
like I never used to run away into the blackness now
lets pretend like it was all good (good)
like i didn’t live staring in a notebook (notebook)
like I did the things that i probably knew i should (should)
but I aint have neighbours thats why they call it hood (hood yeah)
now lets pretend like i aint got a name before they ever call me BOB aka Bobby ray
i’m talking back before the mixtapes (yeah)
before the videos and the deals and the fame
before the ever once compared me to Andre
before i ever got on Myspace
before they ever noticed my face
so lets just pretend and make wishes out of airplanes


and it seems like yesterday it was just a dream
but those days are gone (gone gone) and just memories
(oh oh)
and it seems like yesterday it was just a dream
but those days are gone (gone gone)

allright lets pretend Marshall Mathers never picked up a pen
lets pretend things would have been no different
pretend he procrastinated had no motivation
pretend he just made excuses that were so paper thin
they could blow away with the wind
marshall you’re never gonna make it
makes no sense to play the game there ain’t no way that you’ll win
pretend he just stayed outside all day and played with his friends
pretend he even had a friend to say was his friend
and it wasn’t time to move and schools were changing again
he wasn’t socially awkward and just strange as a kid
he had a father and his mother wasn’t crazy as s**t
and he never dreamed he could rip stadiums and just lazy as s**t
f**k a talent show in a gymnasium b***h you won’t amount to s**t
quit daydreaming kid
you need to get your cranium checked you thinking like an alien it just ain’t realistic
now pretend they ain’t just make him angry with this s**t
and there was no one he could even aim when he’s pissed it
and his alarm went off to wake him off but he didn’t make it to the rap Olympics slept through his plane and he missed it
he’s gon’ have a hard time explaining to Hailey and Laney these food stamps and this WIC s**t
cuz he never risked s**t
he hopes and he wished it but it didn’t fall in his lap
so he ain’t even here
he pretends that…

[Hayley Williams]
Airplanes in the night sky like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now wish right now wish right now
Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now wish right now wish right now

It's the part in particular that Eminem says:
he never risked s**t
he hopes and he wished it but it didn’t fall in his lap
so he ain’t even here

I'm very much a person that hopes and wishes for a lot but if it doesn't fall into my lap or just happen, I won't pursue it. This time, my journey to weight loss and health, has taught me that the only things worth anything should be earned. I should work for them and work hard. If I want a hot, strong, skinny, healthy body, I have to work for it... It's not just going to happen. So that section really hit home and it told me that maybe I need to work harder. Not just with my health, but with my other dreams...

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POORGIRL_DIET 9/16/2010 10:38PM

    i love this song as well. Eminem is brillant.

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/16/2010 4:47PM

    I love that chorus!

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LESLIES537 9/16/2010 1:57PM

    I LOVE Eminem AND this song!!

You're right, it does take work, perseverance, and determination...all of which you possess! You can so do this, and YOU WILL!

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MERRYJAYNE1978 9/15/2010 5:45PM

    I love Eminem...he's one of the few rappers that is actually a hip hop artist. There aren't too many left.

I often tell my daughters that wishing for something isn't nearly as effective as working for it. And really IS better to work for something, put your all into it, and fall short than it is to never try. The pain of falling short is nothing compared to the way regret haunts you. I feel like I'd rather fail and KNOW I went 100, then never try and wonder what would have been. Life is too short and we are too awesome to carry around regret and what if's. LOL its like that old cliche...aim for the moon, even if you fail you'll end up among the stars. emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 9/15/2010 5:42PM

    Now that's a Hump Day Song to dance to! God bless & emoticon emoticon emoticonDee

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NAMSMOMMY 9/15/2010 5:00PM

    Sounds like a good song =)

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And the walls came crumbling down!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I had a life changing weekend this weekend… A GOOD life changing weekend.

All my life I’ve been shy and somewhat conservative. Afraid to do things that would make me look silly or even have the possibility of looking silly. Which also means I was afraid to do things and fail. If you couldn’t tell already, I had/have a LOT of self confidence issues. A lot of that stemmed from Daddy issues and at the ripe old age of 27, I shouldn’t be held back by those Daddy issues anymore. But I do. I don’t like that it controls me, but I don’t know how to change it. I give excuses for it to make it look like it’s my conscience decision to act that way.

So back to my story… One of the people I hang out with a lot is my next door neighbor, Anette. She’s also a co-worker so we see each other quite a bit. She’s a pretty blonde hair, blue eyed, tan polish girl, who’s about a size 4 or 5. She’ll be turning 29 next month. She’s also my running partner. We’re pretty much the complete opposites in every way, shape and form. She has a very strong personality, where I’m more shy, reserved and don’t expect much from anybody.

She was planning a bachelorette party for her future sister-in-law named Andrea. Andrea and Anette’s brother live down in Missouri and we live up near Chicago. Anette thought it would be fun if they could do the party for her in the city and go down to Rush & Division (which if you’re from Chicago you know that’s where the party’s are at; clubs & bars galore). One of Andrea’s friends is actually from the town Anette & I live in and a couple of her friends are going to be coming up to visit their parents that weekend. Anette thought that would be the perfect opportunity to do the party since a couple of her friends will be there.

Now Andrea is 28… Her friends are like 21 and PARTY GIRLS to the full extent. There was no way Anette was going to be able to keep an eye on them all by herself, so she invited me and another one of our co-workers (whose my age) named Pandora.

I said I’d go, I could use a girls night out, but inside I was so FRICKEN nervous. I’m not a partier. I’m more of a stay home, hang out with a few friends, have a couple of beers and watch a movie or play some games… I’m very low key. So a night out clubbing in the city is VERY much out of my comfort zone. Heck, I went to my first bar a few years ago and I had never been to a dance club.

This is where my shyness and lack of self confidence happens…

I dress up all cute (I know I can do that much)… I even bought a cute outfit for the occasion. I had an emerald green halter type satin top, paired with skinny jeans (not blue but not black, somewhere in between) and a pair of satin black peep toe heels (that are like 4”… good thing I’m not tall). I curled my hair and did my make-up. I looked cute… But it’s the upcoming dancing that scared me…

So we go to this place called Mother’s. It’s a big place and it’s technically not a dance club, but it’s the closest to one that I’ve ever been to. We get our beers and find the dance floor.

Shortly after that a couple of the girls I was with started moving, then a couple more and my friends started encouraging me to let loose… And little by little I did! I was shakin’ my bonbons!

Guys were looking my way and it felt awesome! I got a ton of compliments Saturday night not only for how pretty I looked but also for my dancing! Such a RIDICULOUS confidence boost!

And let me tell ya… The wall that I had up about dancing came CRUMBLING down! There’s still a little bit there but I just gotta do a little hop over it!

Guys were dancing up on me and even getting a little too fresh… Told ‘em I was married and to back off and they respected that. I told my husband that I know he loves me and that he thinks I’m pretty, but it’s just nice to get some attention like that from complete strangers.

So this weekend has made me more carefree and more confident! I’ll be less shy to bust a move next time the party calls for it, that’s for sure!

And whats funny is that the bride-to-be all put buttons on us... And mine said WILD! HAHA!!!

(I'll post some pics when I get them!)

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/15/2010 2:44PM

    Sounds like you had fun! Mother's! I remember that place of the best years of my life was when I was 23 living in the city with my best friend. Glad you had such a great experience and let those walls down!

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LEFTCIRCLES 9/14/2010 4:18PM

    Sounds like an incredible time!!!

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GRAMMABENJI 9/14/2010 2:15PM

    yay good for you.

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LESLIES537 9/14/2010 11:11AM

    Shake your groove thang girl!! emoticon I'm so glad you had fun, let loose and enjoyed yourself! That's awesome!

Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching
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REEKU731 9/14/2010 11:08AM

    YAY!!! You are now a Dancing Queen!!! I love it and am SO happy that you had a breakthrough moment!! You are amazing and I'm sure you looked fabulous!!! I am so glad to hear you had a great weekend hon!! I hope you got a pic of that outfit - it sounds way cute!!

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SPINNERFROG 9/13/2010 10:02PM

    Way to go you! It's always nice to get that little extra bit of attention from time to time. emoticon

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NAMSMOMMY 9/13/2010 7:47PM

    What an awesome night! Glad you had fun!

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TIPYRAIN 9/13/2010 7:23PM

    That is SO GREAT!!! I remember the 1st time that happened to me, not the dancin' though, but the looks and compliments! Isn't that just one of the BEST feelings in the world? I'm SO proud of you and ecstatically HAPPY FOR YOU!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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BARBARACT 9/13/2010 6:30PM

    I don't think that was a ridiculous confidence booster at all! I think sometimes all of like to know we still have "it" that drives other guys nuts! So good for you!

I am glad you went and had an awesome time! I think you do great!


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BABY_GIRL69 9/13/2010 6:16PM

    Its always so good to hear from others outside of your comfort zone that you're a "HOTTIE!!" So tell hubby don't be jealous, they haven't got a chance cause he's the apple of your eye!

God bless & way to go!


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