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Falafel and Hummus Dinner

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Here are the components:

Here is my sandwich:

Not quite as good as going out for falafel, but not bad.

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JAZZID 2/4/2011 8:35PM

    emoticon... I love falafel... and it's better to make it yourself anyway. emoticon

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BREW99 2/3/2011 12:10PM

    Mmmm emoticon That looks delicious! I think we were thinking the same thing because we made a "falafel" type meal last night too. Yum!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/3/2011 1:10AM

    looks yummy. bet some tzatziki sauce would be good on that too!

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BUTEAFULL 2/2/2011 6:54PM

    very healthy, wish I could get my hubby to eat it

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/2/2011 3:13PM

    Mmmm that looks yummy! My coworker LOVES hummus. I found a recipe for an edamame hummus and she begged me to make it, she loves both those things lol So I have to make it for her one of these days.

Hope you enjoyed your food emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/2/2011 2:45PM

    Looks good.

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HALFFAST 2/2/2011 11:28AM

    Mmm that does look good. I only recently tried hummus and have to admit I like it! Especially the one with roasted garlic & olives (I think it's Tribe). Yummy.

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GLMOM2 2/2/2011 8:31AM

    Falafel, I'll have to give it a try sometime!

I love hummus. I have some roasted red pepper kind in the fridge. Great with carrots & celery. Yum.

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MISSMITSY 2/2/2011 7:38AM

    Looks pretty yummy!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/2/2011 7:11AM

    you forgot the dollop of Tahina and fries - israeli style. Not that I eat it though :)

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LILDEE4370 2/2/2011 6:25AM

    mmmmmm looks delish! emoticon

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LALABUMBUM 2/1/2011 11:32PM

    Mmmm....I love falafel, I need to try to make some!

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KNITTABLES 2/1/2011 11:09PM

    Thanks for posting. Looks good.

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SROEDER2 2/1/2011 11:01PM

    Looks delicious! I just finished my snack of carrots and hummus! Yum

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APIRLRAIN888 2/1/2011 10:56PM

    yum!!! I never tasted hummus! sister eats all the time ! protein! gonna try it

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/1/2011 10:45PM

    Thanks for the pics! Looks great!

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Sore Legs.....Awesome!!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I guess I shouldn't be scoffing at the 10 pound weights. Doing the squats and dead lifts with them certainly made my legs sore today. Feels great!!
I will do some elliptical this afternoon. That should help get some of the lactic acid out of there.
I have some music on while I'm looking at data at work. I also have to look up some journal articles to see how to measure some new chemicals we're interested in on the Mass Spec.
A nice Tuesday so far. My boss is in renal clinic so he won't be around to bother me for another couple of hours. Leaves me some time to get stuff done.
Tonight I'm planning on making some Trader Joe's falafel with hummus, pita, cucumber, and tomatoes. A nice vegetarian meal. I love any meal that has garbanzo beans and this one will have it in two dishes....fabulous!
I will take a picture of my plate tonight and post if for those of you who like to see falafel and hummus.
Make it a great Tuesday!!!

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KATHLEEN0222 2/2/2011 4:48PM

    I love the sore legs!!!

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LARIESHA 2/2/2011 3:43PM

    Sore legs from a workout is always a good thing. That means you worked extra hard. Good Job!

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MISSMITSY 2/2/2011 7:38AM

    Glad those 10lb weights gave you a workout today! Every time I read about you jumping on the elliptical I think about getting one...

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KNITTABLES 2/1/2011 9:43PM

    Love to see the pictures of it and a recipe if you would like to share. 10 lbs weight is awesome. I am now up to five. Take care

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GLMOM2 2/1/2011 9:14PM

    I'd love to see the pictures of that meal as we talked about it before.

I'm hoping for some muscle soreness tomorrow to show I did something in today's new workout!! Did I just wish for muscle soreness? Sometimes the 'new' me just scares me! LOL

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 2/1/2011 5:25PM

    10 pound weights! AWESOME! I hope the elliptical helps work out the soreness. I am looking forward to the falafel and hummus post--chickpeas are so great. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 2/1/2011 4:21PM

    Good sore is good! Planning g dinner already? Lol me no clue

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/1/2011 4:05PM

    Yes def. take a pic of your dinner. It sounds delish! Great job on the workout! How do you do your squats? Do you keep your legs together or wider than hip width apart? Just curious......because Ive been doing mine, legs about even with my shoulders.

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    I wish we had Trader Joe's in Canada! Everytime I see someone mention it I swoon - lol. Great job on the workout! 10 lb weights don't seem like much on their own but when you do a bunch of exercises with them they can certainly burn!

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SBATES63 2/1/2011 3:10PM

    Sounds like you're having a great day! I wonder if I could get HD to eat falefal? Maybe if I didn't tell him what it was made of. Can't wait to see the pics.

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MIRWYN 2/1/2011 3:08PM

    Aravan just made hummus too! I never tried to make a falafel, do you have a specific recipe you recommend?

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DMBEECHAM 2/1/2011 3:08PM

    Mmmm. I love me some falafel and hummus. I can't wait to see pix of your plate!

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HALFFAST 2/1/2011 1:43PM

    I don't even know what Falafel is but I'm going to look it up! I am also going to take the plunge and get an elliptical. Do you recommend any particular brand? My treadmill is a Proform and I know they make ellipticals as well, but I'd like some opinions before I drop $600-700!

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THEHONESTME 2/1/2011 1:28PM

    Sounds like a very nice day emoticon And, thanks for the invite -- I'll definitely be back for supper!

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    Definitely would like to see the pic of falafel and hummus! Squats and dead lifts are great...I hate lunges, though!

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AMTRISH 2/1/2011 12:52PM


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Starting a New Weight Lifting Program

Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday morning came way to quickly for me. I really did not want to get up, but I knew I had things to do at work so I did.
I had put exercise clothes out in case I got up early enough to do a little elliptical, but I didn't get up early enough.
Fed the cat, ate breakfast and went to work.
I put the samples that I didn't run last Friday on the HPLC and got some fiber packets packaged up for our study people.
My boss had been in Austria last week so this was his first day back. He even brought me some chocolate (German, not Austrian).
When I got home from work, I started on my new ST program. It's Exercise at Home from the Muscle & Fitness Hers website. It's a 12 week three part program. I'm starting with the beginner's workout. It covers all the major muscle groups. 1-2 sets (I did 2 sets of everything) and 10-12 reps (I did 12). I realize that I am going to need to be getting some heavier weights. For some of the exercises my 10's were almost not enough. I do have a pair of 15s. I don't know if I'll be able to make the jump from 10 to 15 directly. I guess I'll just have to give it a try.
You are supposed to do the beginner workout 2-3times/week for 4 weeks. Then move on to the Intermediate for 4 weeks and then to the Advanced.
It was fun to do something a little different. And nice to just listen to whatever music I want rather than what is playing in the exercise video.
It took about 30 minutes including a warm up and stretch. I decided to do 30 minutes of step aerobics to get a little cardio in for the day.
Not too bad for a Monday.
Have a great one all!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/1/2011 1:11PM

    sounds interesting. I am going to do some myself today, not going thru the snow to Curves!

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BREW99 2/1/2011 9:57AM

    Oh, I should be joining you in the strength training. I love that you have exercise equipment at home - I want that in our next house! So much nicer than walking down to the gym. But then again, my husband may never see me. haha Sounds like your study is going good too! Good start to Feb!

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GLMOM2 2/1/2011 8:24AM

    Thanks for sharing the ST schedule with us.

I am switching up my routine for February and need to really increase my ST. I'll have to check that site out.

Have a great week! Good job on getting in your ST & cardio!!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/1/2011 8:00AM

    emoticonWay to work those muscles lady, keep up the good work.

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MISSMITSY 2/1/2011 7:06AM

    Sounds like a great strength workout! Sorry Monday morning had to arrive, but hey in the wise words of Pollyanna you should be gladdest of all on Mondays because it means you've got a whole week before Monday comes around again!

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JLITT62 2/1/2011 5:37AM

    Yeah, I've been listening to my own tunes with my st, too -- it is nice! Now gotta put some music on this thing.

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/1/2011 12:25AM

    Awesome - go you! That sounds like a great program. You are such an inspiration for me.
(Is it a dvd from them or actually on their website? I need to change up my ST prog. and would love to check out the different moves.)

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APIRLRAIN888 2/1/2011 12:20AM

    awesome! keep it up

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/31/2011 11:46PM

    Sounds like a good program. Good job in pushing yourself through.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/31/2011 11:40PM

    I didn't want to get up this morning either! Great job mixing it up and trying new workouts! I'm going to check out that website now.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/31/2011 10:52PM

    I seriously need to get in more st. i am at zero right now. starting tomorrow, i am going to redo the 28 day boot camp. i figure, new month, new start.
Have a Wonderful Tuesday!

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Another Rainy Sunday-Did Natalie Bake? Why, Of Course She Did.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Firstly, my husband would like to thank everyone for their congratulations! You guys are so sweet.
It actually started raining last night and continued through most of today, on and off. It made for a nice sleep.
I decided that I would get a little elliptical in this morning and did 6 miles in 70 minutes. Good workout.
I had a little oatmeal for breakfast. Always nice on a cold (well, cold for me anyway), rainy morning.
I then baked some turtle bars. These my husband will take to his friend's house on Tuesday night. They are kind of labor intensive so I thought I'd rather do it today when I had time rather than on Monday.
Very tasty, too:

We were craving burgers, so I called my brother. Why? Because his favorite food is hamburgers. We wanted to try a place we had never been to and it is sort of close to my brother's place so I thought I might as well invite him.
My brother got a bacon cheddar beef burger, my husband got a bacon avocado turkey burger and I got a gardenburger. I ordered last and thought about adding bacon to it to see if the guy at the counter would notice but I really wasn't in the mood for meat at all so I didn't. We shared some onion rings and fries. This place lets you put your toppings on yourself. They don't have the biggest topping bar I've seen but they had the basics: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, relish, jalpenos, salsa, mustard, ketchup, mayo, Tabasco.
I made mine with salsa, jalapenos and Tabasco. Spicy...yum!!!
For dinner tonight it is some leftovers. We have some mexican pizza in the freezer that my husband will be finishing off along with some leftover carnitas and a little rice. I'm just going to make a tuna sandwich. Craving it for some reason.
Have a great night all! I hope you have a most excellent week!

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LARIESHA 1/31/2011 7:08PM

    Those bars look so good! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 1/31/2011 6:59PM

    you were flying on the elliptical
now I want a cookie, dang

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/31/2011 4:22PM

    WOW that was some workout!! Congrats! Those bars look awesome and super yummy! I always love a good burger! Dinner sounds good. My DH told me that I need to make some tuna salad for

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    Those bars look amazing! Sounds like you had a great day

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DEVILISHDEE4269 1/31/2011 11:34AM

    That would have literally killed me. Baking and not indulging? How can you resist? Good to hear you are doing so well!!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/31/2011 11:30AM

    I love a great hamburger now and then, yummy.

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MISSMITSY 1/31/2011 5:58AM

    What on earth is a turtle bar? Glad you got a good work out in on the elliptical, sounds like a fun Sunday...

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JLITT62 1/31/2011 5:47AM

    The bars look yummy as usual. I've never hear of a topping bar -- maybe it's a CA thing?

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/31/2011 3:46AM

    never heard of turtle bars. Is this also from your calendar?

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/30/2011 11:56PM

    you were really moving on that elliptical! and tempting my taste buds too! oh, i have some ice cream and a couple hundred calories left over!! c-ya!!!
Have a GREAT week Nat!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/30/2011 11:22PM

    I am drooling!
Have a great week!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/30/2011 10:18PM

    6 miles in 70 is awesome!!!!!
and those looks yummy!!!!!!

opps thanks for the mileage!!!

Comment edited on: 1/30/2011 10:19:39 PM

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/30/2011 9:16PM

    The turtle bars look very tasty!! All your burgers sound so good, too. Glad you had a nice Sunday!

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KNITTABLES 1/30/2011 9:07PM

    Sounds like a great day. Good for you for making those bars a head of time and for making good food choices.

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GLMOM2 1/30/2011 9:03PM

    How to you make all of these sweets and resist them?

I was debating on making chocolate chip cookies. I can't eat just one so I decided not. TOM is coming and all heck is about ready to break loose. Watch out cupboards!

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Saturday 5K

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I got up and decided I need to do some cardio since I wasn't going to be running the 5K today. Put in some miles on the elliptical and felt great. After my shower, it was time to wake my husband. We both had a little breakfast and headed over to RoadRunner Sports where the 5K was happening.
After a small group had shown up, they led us to the race start (and end). The were using a running/walking/biking trail nearby. No real place for any spectators. Everybody got ready and when all the participants were there, they started. I went over to Starbucks to get a cup of coffee. I wasn't expecting anyone to be back for at least 20 minutes. The winner came in at about 22 minutes. I thought that was really fast. More people passed the finish. Then came my husband and another one of the participants. They crossed at 34:10 (husband) and 34:11 (other guy). Still more people crossed the finish.
I thought he did a great job on his first 5K. He said he did walk some of the way. He has only recently done any running (not using any training program) and it has all been on our treadmill. This is the first time he has run outside since High School.
Everybody went back to the store and got water, Larabars, bagels, fruit. I didn't see the guy who won, but the lady who came in second was allowed to pick out an outfit she liked for free. Nice winnings.
After my husband had a little post-race treat, we headed home so he could take a shower and warm up. It was kind of chilly this morning and he was wearing shorts.
We did some grocery shopping. Glad that's out of the way. Then I treated him to dim sum. Pretty good. I had a ton of chinese broccoli, a steamed pork bun , a pork shu mai (that I had to pick pieces of shrimp out of) and a sesame ball with red bean paste inside. Everything else had shrimp. My husband had a lot because he loves shrimp.
Since it was Chinese food, I'm hungry again. But my husband is sleeping on the couch. Hoping for some dinner soon.
Have a great night!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/31/2011 10:17AM

    Cool! emoticonto the hubby and condolences to you. You'll be out there soon!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/30/2011 11:51PM

    Congratulations to your husband! what wonderful time he did, especially since he wasn't really even training. i hope that one day i will get down to 34 minutes! i am no-wheres near that and i run every other day! no fair. he probably didn't have to study in school either!

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KAMAPERRY 1/30/2011 8:22PM

    Kudos to him!!! I feel you on the knee pain, now I have it. emoticon

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HALFFAST 1/30/2011 8:16PM

    Tell hubby congrats for me! I hope you can get back to it soon too (if you want to, of course!) and that your knees are doing better!

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BUTEAFULL 1/30/2011 4:12PM

    this is for your honey

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/30/2011 4:06PM

    Congrats to your husband, that is a great time! Hope you're having a nice Sunday!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/30/2011 4:04PM

    YAY! Congrats on his first 5k! That's a great time! I also like the free outfit prize; the prospect would make me run a bit faster, I think, hehe. Have a great day!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/30/2011 10:46AM

    woohooo congratz on your hubby's first 5k, that is great time plus walking!!!

hope you can start your training again ;p

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MOMONTHERUN1 1/30/2011 10:13AM

    Congrats to the hubby for finishing his first 5K!

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COOP9002 1/30/2011 10:08AM

    Nice job by your husband in finishing the 5K. I am sure your support was a major encouragement to him.

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/30/2011 9:40AM

    Congrats to hubby's first 5k! And your food always sounds so good!!! You'll be running the next 5K i feel it in my bones! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/30/2011 7:30AM

    That is awesome, good for him! Sorry you were not able to run it with him, but maybe next time?

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JLITT62 1/30/2011 5:32AM

    Sounds like he did great & you did a great job supporting him! Yum, love dim sum. Almost never have it. Oh, to be fast enough to win a prize. I can dream.

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MISSMITSY 1/30/2011 4:26AM

    Yay awesome work for someone who hasn't run in forever! Sorry you couldn't join in and do it with him I know how hard you were training for it before your knees started playing up...
Hope you enjoyed the Chinese food!

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THEHONESTME 1/29/2011 11:49PM

    Zzzz -- my hubby is sleeping on the couch, too, but not because he ran a 5K! I have to shake him every once in awhile cuz he snores so loud I can't even think straight or hear the t.v.! LOL

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MIRWYN 1/29/2011 10:07PM

    Woot, tell the hubby great job! Have a great Sunday!

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JOAN_HEO 1/29/2011 8:42PM

    Pigs have buns? I thought they had hams. Huh! Who knew?

Congrats to your husband! Nice finish!

My goal is to still be upright at the end of my first 5K!

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KNITTABLES 1/29/2011 8:14PM

    You husband did a great job, congrats. I too love chinese food but I always find myself hungry after two hours.
Have a great night. Great job on doing your workout too!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/29/2011 7:49PM

    Your DH made good time. Congrats! Good job on the workout! Mmm I love chinese food!!

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