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Back at Work

Monday, January 03, 2011

My knee was sore when that cat woke me at about 2am, so I decided I'd wait to exercise in the afternoon. When I got up at 3:45, it was feeling much better. I don't know what it's problem was but I didn't have time to workout then.
It was not to bad at work today. Just kind of weird getting used to being there. There was plenty to keep me busy and since Spark was having its issues I guess that's a good thing.
When I got home, I tried out Jillian Michaels Shred it with Weights. I did the first workout and used a 5lb kettlebell. I didn't want to go heavy when I was just learning it. I probably should have done more weight because it seemed pretty easy. According to my heart rate monitor, I burned a whopping 86 calories in the 30 minutes of the workout. That's no way to get shredded. I'll try it again and use a 10lb kettlebell. It does have some jumping, so we'll see how my knees are in the morning.
I couldn't figure out what to make for dinner so I settled on an old standby: whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs and sockarooni sauce. For variety we had some frozen lima beans..no, we didn't eat them frozen.
I'm looking forward to the elliptical in the morning (well, sort of...I'd really rather have a run but think I should give it another week at least). At least it will burn more than 86 calories.
I hope everyone had a good Monday.

  
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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/4/2011 11:24PM

    isn't it the worst when you think you've burnt a ton of cals and find out it was a smidgen!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/4/2011 4:50PM

    glad you didn't eat the emoticonfrozen.. that could hurt some teeth! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/4/2011 4:50PM

    glad you didn't eat the emoticonfrozen.. that could hurt some teeth! emoticon

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GLMOM2 1/4/2011 11:25AM

    My knees have been sore lately too. Mine is because I haven't been stretching them out enough. If I baby them, they fight back with me until they are all stretched out again.

They were tight this morning doing the Wii Active workout & now I am off to do some pilates. So I am hoping to get them back to non-hurting order here soon! That'll teach me to be lazy for a few days!

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KAMAPERRY 1/4/2011 11:04AM

    I need to get kettlebells, but for now am focusing on P90X, yes, what is Sockarooni sauce? Way to go on your exercise!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 1/4/2011 8:40AM

    What is sockarooni sauce? Is it something you came up with? I'm going to Google it and see what I can find. Holy Moly - Do you get up at 3:45am every day?!?! How do you like JM's Shred it w/Weights? I don't have kettlebells - can you use regular weights with it? Maybe I'll see if Netflix has it to try. Hope your knees are feeling better!

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/4/2011 8:30AM

    Yea the shred it with weights didnt have me sweating a lot either, but level 2 is definitely better then level 1 so maybe try level 2 out with the 10lb weights? Its not one of her dvds that I would buy though, Ihad borrowed it from the library to see if I'd like it and for me it was eh.

I go back to work today too, I would LOVE to have an excuse not to go though... lol

Hopefully by next week you can start running again!

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JLITT62 1/4/2011 7:57AM

    Funny, I bought some more exercise DVDs at Target yesterday (they always have them on sale the first week of the year) and looked at the one -- but I really don't like Jillian so bypassed her stuff.

I was hoping their kettlebells would be on sale (they were last year) but sadly they weren't. I have a 4 lb and a 10 lb and I really could use a heavier one (altho finding room is a different story!).

Sounds like you're off to a great new year. Oh, and I don't think the shoes will show off all that well in photos -- you won't be able to see the sparkle. Even the checkout girl was drooling over them.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/4/2011 7:37AM

    Yum, Lima beans are my FAV. emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/4/2011 4:03AM

    OK - what is sockarooni sauce and do the turkey balls get cooked in the sauce? I always wanted to learn how to make either pan fried, or even oven baked meat/turkey balls. I know it's possible just haven't fount a recipe yet (a kosher one w/o dairy). Do you happen to know?

86 cal. in 30 min? no way! that doesn't sound like the energizer bunny!! Enjoy the Elliptical - hope you can get back to running soon...

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LARIESHA 1/3/2011 11:59PM

    Dinner sounds so yummy! What is the brand on the whole wheat pasta and does it taste good? I tried some generic brand from Safeway and it was not too tasty, actually it taste like top ramen. Hope the knee continues to get better I know you are ready for a run!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/3/2011 10:44PM

    at least you exercised! great job

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THEHONESTME 1/3/2011 10:30PM

    You're funny! I love that about the frozen lima beans -- ick, I couldn't eat them cooked or frozen! Hope your knee continues to get better. Have a good Tuesday!
Kathy

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Sunday

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I couldn't decide what to do exercise-wise today. My left knee was a little sore (and still is on and off). I may have tweaked it a little dancing to that game yesterday. I did end up on the elliptical for 45 minutes and then tried out a short yoga workout on demand.
I had to get all the cookies packed up because we met the family for lunner at Pizza Jack's. I had some mexican pizza (refried beans, cheese, carnitas, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and cilantro). Very tasty. It normally comes with carne asada but we decided we wanted carnitas instead. Everybody enjoyed their cookies. We got some great stuff including a few cat toys for Malika. It was a nice afternoon.
Now it's time to get things ready for work tomorrow. I'll get my breakfast ready and my lunch so I'm ready to go.
Have a great Sunday!

  
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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/3/2011 1:08PM

    Hope your Knee is better today. Sounds like fun with the family! Good job on the workout. My step son loves mexican pizza at the pizza place we go too.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/3/2011 11:24AM

    Hope your knee is feeling better today!

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HALFFAST 1/3/2011 11:02AM

    Wow I can't believe you're already back to work! It seems like only a couple days ago you mentioned having vacation! Me, I'm not super happy about my current jobs. Tomorrow I'm going to the Y to check out their gym/pool. Maybe while I'm there I'll see if they have any openings for something with their youth programs. Have a great day!

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MISSMITSY 1/3/2011 5:41AM

    Awww back to work already! Why is it that time off never seems long enough?
Your Mexican pizza sounds pretty good... We do Mexican lasagne and we like that!

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/3/2011 2:53AM

    Enjoy your first day back at work. Hope you enjoyed your vacation.

Take care of the knees and stretch stretch stretch!!!! emoticon

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LARIESHA 1/2/2011 10:15PM

    Have a great week! I hope that knee feels better soon!

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/2/2011 9:20PM

    Mmm that mexican pizza sounds delish!

Hopefully your knee feels better tomorrow!

Enjoy the rest of your sunday!

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KAMAPERRY 1/2/2011 9:09PM

    You still did good workout wise!! Hope your knee is better soon!!. That mexican pizza sounds wonderful!

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KATHLEEN0222 1/2/2011 8:51PM

    Seems from your blogs that you are a true Mexican food lover! I hope you have a great week!!!!

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GLMOM2 1/2/2011 8:49PM

    Mexican pizza sounds good...I may have to try a homemade version of that! Yum.

Have a great day at work tomorrow!

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NEWMIRROR 1/2/2011 8:39PM

    ohhhhhhhhh. Why did you have to say "work"! I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow.


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APIRLRAIN888 1/2/2011 8:21PM

    thanks for the 4 miles today! next city is 500 miles away ;)

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New Year's Day

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I actually didn't have to fight with my brother for the elliptical this morning. He decided he'd give the treadmill a try so I did an hour on the elliptical and clocked in 5 miles. Good mileage to be able to add to the Virtual Run/Walk/Bike/Swim SF-NYC '11, Sacramento.
We went out for brunch add Southern Kitchen. I got egg whites, turkey sausage, rye toast and home fries. Brought half of it home.
We stopped at Target and checked some games for the playstation. We were hoping to find the Playstation Move so we could do some dancing games. Toys R Us is in the same mall, so the three of us headed over there. Found the Move and picked up SongStar Dance. Had to wait for the controller to charge up so my husband and I tried it out tonight. Pretty fun. We only danced...nobody wanted to sing.
I baked cookies this afternoon: oatmeal, oatmeal cranberry walnut, peanut butter. My in laws should be very happy tomorrow.
It was a nice day.
Happy New Year!

  
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MBSKIT 1/2/2011 5:12PM

    Sounds like fun.
I love cranberry oatmeal cookies YUM!!!

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KAMAPERRY 1/2/2011 5:08PM

    Sounds fun and I wanted a cookie pic! emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/2/2011 12:49PM

    What no pic of the cookies! emoticon
Sounds like it was a fun New Years! Great job on the workout! emoticon Brunch sounds really tasty! Have a great day!

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HALFFAST 1/2/2011 11:06AM

    I love those singing/dancing games. My favorites are Karaoke Revolution and Rock Band. Don't tell anyone but I'm a total rock star in my living room ;)

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MISSMITSY 1/2/2011 6:01AM

    You'll have to let me know how the playstation move is! I know loads of people with the kinnect and they love it, you're the first I've heard who's gotten the move though...

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/2/2011 4:26AM

    aw what a guy... how are your knees feeling btw?

So pardon the ignorance but what is the game/dance/singing thing you got?

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JLITT62 1/2/2011 4:06AM

    Dance games sound like so much fun! We don't have any kind of gaming contraption. At one point a Wii was going to be one of my rewards, but I've since decided we have enough "stuff". Except for an Ipad, of course.

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PASTAFARIAN 1/2/2011 12:22AM

    Sounds great!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/2/2011 12:15AM

    thanks for the 5 mile! we are NO longer in sacramento!!! lol 136 miles! we are saying bye bye to california soon!!!!

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LARIESHA 1/2/2011 12:09AM

    Sounds like a fun filled day.

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DWROBERGE 1/2/2011 12:06AM

    Sounds like a busy day.

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It's New Year's Eve and I Baked Cookies...Neither Are Surprises to Any of My SparkFriends

Friday, December 31, 2010

Today I decided I'd just do some circuit training and not do any elliptical. My knees were a little sore yesterday. Probably did something funny when I was running across the street to get to my hair appointment. I thought I would give them a sort of rest. I did to Bob Harper's Inside Out Method Pure Burn Super Strength. 66 minutes of fun. Watch a little Bob, lift some weights, both get the heart rate up a little. Good workout.
We had to go to the mall to pick up a movie gift card for my mother in law. We're celebrating "Christmas" on Sunday so we needed to get her present. We kept forgetting to order one online and now it was too late. Off to the mall. It was pretty damn crowded. I hadn't realized how many people went shopping on New Year's Eve. We ended up at BJ's for lunch since it was in the mall. I had a pretty good 1/2 turkey sandwich (no mayo, no cheese) and minestrone soup. A nice light-ish lunch since we will be having snacky stuff tonight.
Yes, I baked cookies. Here they are:

The popular vote was for peanut butter. I added some peanut butter chips and some Sundrops (natural M&M's). Very tasty. We've all sampled at least one. There will be lots of cardio in my future.
I think we'll have a nice little party tonight. We're trying to decide if we want to have some dinner or just have snacks. They're discussing it downstairs.
Happy New Year everyone! Stay safe. Take a cab if you need to.
I want you around next year to kick a$$!!!
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MIRWYN 1/5/2011 3:38PM

    HAHAHA! I just read the title of your blog and actually laughed out-loud! How true!!!

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NEWMIRROR 1/1/2011 11:23PM

    Oh WOW. Those cookies look like they turned out amazingly! I am soooooooooo glad I voted for PB.. and I stand corrected about the appropriateness of the PB & Chocolate combo. Of COURSE I know those go together but it sounded weird in my head when I was thinking of the difference in texture of a peanute butter cookie vs. a chocolate chip cookie.
Wish I was there to partake in the festivities

Good luck with the "Christmas" tomorrow

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NEWMIRROR 1/1/2011 11:23PM

    Oh WOW. Those cookies look like they turned out amazingly! I am soooooooooo glad I voted for PB.. and I stand corrected about the appropriateness of the PB & Chocolate combo. Of COURSE I know those go together but it sounded weird in my head when I was thinking of the difference in texture of a peanute butter cookie vs. a chocolate chip cookie.
Wish I was there to partake in the festivities

Good luck with the "Christmas" tomorrow

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/1/2011 2:11PM

    of course you baked cookies! LOL Nat the Cookie Monster!

We danced the night away.. .first time my feet ever hurt dancing!!!

trying NOT to bake today...but am tempted to do a flourless chocolate torte...hmmm

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/1/2011 1:02PM

    Oh yummy, those sure do look good - so glad you baked for a change, heehee...

Hope you had a good one and I'll see you again tomorrow!

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THEHONESTME 1/1/2011 12:44PM

    I'm here and totally ready to kick a$$ with you this coming year! Starting Monday... HAHA!
We had a nice quiet NYE babysitting our 2-year old granddaughter, but today is football and snacks most of the day followed by shopping and dinner at Chili's tomorrow (gotta use up our gift card). So, I'll kick a$$ on Monday emoticon

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MISSMITSY 1/1/2011 7:07AM

    Love the cookies! What did you decide on the dinner snacks issue? Did you have a good NYE with your brother?

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JLITT62 1/1/2011 5:21AM

    The cookies look devastating! We had a nice quiet evening & I couldn't even make it thru the whole movie (2012). Just real tired -- been waking up early (for me) the last few days.

Had a very nice dinner, altho the entire house still smells like steak!

Funny, I was going to go shopping yesterday, but I got a card for triple points that I can't use til today, so my plan is to go tomorrow. I'm sure it'll still be busy.

Here's to a great new year!

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MBSKIT 12/31/2010 10:28PM

    I was totally shocked that you baked today! emoticon
There will be alot of cardio in my new future as well!
Happy New year!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 12/31/2010 9:53PM

    I was completely surprised to see that you had been baking, LOL

Have a very Happy New Year and I hope the coming year is full of awesomeness for you!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/31/2010 9:28PM

    Those cookies are killing me!
Have a super fun celebration and keep rocking out!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/31/2010 9:11PM

    coooookie! I had junk all day ;( lack of planning!!!
your are so mean ;p just kidding!
happy new year

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LARIESHA 12/31/2010 9:07PM

    Have a wonderful party! Those cookies look fabulous. I had my last bad meal of the day and I paid for it. Stomachache came right after I ate those curly fries. I will stay away, because I don't like the way my belly feels. Have a Happy New Year!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/31/2010 8:35PM

    Ooooh those are the best looking cookies yet! I could devour them all Im sure. emoticon
Circuit training is always a good choice for a workout. Its my favorite kind. Im trying to figure out a workout schedule (for myself) for the New Year. Your lunch sounds good. I had soup myself.
Hope you have a wonderful New Years and Im sure your party will be awesome.
Im ready to kick A$$ too.

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Kind of a Pampered Day

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another day of gyming after breakfast. I hope this doesn't turn into a habit I can't break because come next week I need to do my exercise first and much earlier. Anyway, today I did the elliptical for 60 minutes and I watched The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on the new TV. I only have a regular DVD player hooked up to it right now so I can't watch any of my Blu-Ray movies. Today it workout great because I started watching an episode and then realized I'd already seen that one and went to the next one. They are only about 45 minutes so during the week, that would work out well. I'm still only in the first season so I've got many, many hours left of elliptical (and hopefully treadmill soon) viewing ahead.
The pampering came in the form of a new haircut. A nice graduated bob (longer in front than in back).

And a side view:

It's hard to get a good picture of yourself...or maybe it's just hard for me to do it. Anyway, this is the new hairdo.
I also had a paraffin wax hand treatment. I'd love to say that it made my hands silky soft, but I can say it made them softer than usual. I wash my hands a lot at work (in the lab) and at home (cooking and baking) so they're pretty dry.
Now maybe I'll go in and watch a movie. Since my husband is going out for dinner with friends tonight, I can do whatever I want movie-wise and dinner-wise.
Happy Thursday! For those of you who have tomorrow off (I hope it's everyone), happy weekend!!

  
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KAMAPERRY 2/26/2011 3:00PM

    I love it!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/26/2011 12:53PM

    Yay for fun hair cuts!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/26/2011 12:43AM

    Cute cut, love it!

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/25/2011 3:34PM

    The cut looks awesome! I have you have a wonderful time tonight hanging with yourself! I love having the place to myself!

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KATIECALLOS 12/31/2010 2:25PM

    looking good, i love the way a new hair cut makes you feel good!

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MIRWYN 12/31/2010 1:49PM

    Love your hair! I like the angled bobs, they are a bit funky and still classy! Ooooo I love hot paraffin treatments! I hope your evening was super relaxing! Hugs and Happy New Years!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/31/2010 1:35PM

    Cute cut!!! probably doesn't get in the way when working out!

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NEWMIRROR 12/31/2010 11:20AM

    I still smile when I see you write "gyming". Too funny.
I woke up this morning at 8:30, with a headache that I did NOT have when I went to bed.. is it because i didn't get up at 5am to workout at 6am?! Not sure. Might have to test some of the variables.

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HALFFAST 12/31/2010 9:07AM

    Love the haircut! I'm going to get mine done later today, and I'm thinking it's time for something drastic ;) I decided against the elliptical/climber (for now anyways) and am going to focus on finding a gym with a pool so that I can start tri training soon. Conquering my fear of wearing a bathing suit in public could be added to my little list of goals for the year, haha! Happy New Year Natalie!

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DSTDIVA9 12/31/2010 6:06AM

    I love the bob! It looks fantastic!

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JLITT62 12/31/2010 5:17AM

    Love the bob! Very cute. I know, the dreaded c-word.

Much as we love them, isn't it nice to have a night to yourself to do whatever you want?

I love having hand treatments! Couldn't tell when I last had one, but that's just another reason not to spend so much on clothes & shoes!

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MISSMITSY 12/31/2010 4:21AM

    Awww your hair looks pretty! Glad you finally got some relaxing in, enjoy your Friday!

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/31/2010 2:05AM

    Hey Nat - it's a beautiful haircut. Enjoy your weekend, your exercising and whatever celebrating you end up doing!
My Mom's Birthday is tomorrow so I will be spending Shabbos with my parents.

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YOGAGIRLNH 12/30/2010 8:20PM

    Love the haircut! I love pampering days--I use them as mini-goals for my weight loss.

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LARIESHA 12/30/2010 8:06PM

    Cute Haircut. I am growing mine out from a similar cut. It looks good on you!

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THEHONESTME 12/30/2010 8:05PM

    Oh, I love the new haircut!! It looks good on you! I have pampering plans, too. It just seems like the right thing to do as we ring in the new year! Have a good one if I don't talk to you before. emoticon

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 12/30/2010 7:54PM

    cute hair! Pampering one's self is incredibly important, ya know.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/30/2010 7:44PM

    nice haircut ;p good luck with exercising scheduling ;p

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 12/30/2010 7:31PM

    I love the new haircut! It's good to have pampered days, especially after logging in lots of time on the elliptical.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/30/2010 7:24PM

    Haircut looks great! Awesome workout. I need to paint my toe nails (need to badly).

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