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Sore Knees Why Don't You Go Away Already.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I didn't get much sleep last night and was hungry and craving carbs all day. I did end up eating some peanut M&M's but not so many that they qualified as a meal. At home I had some Trader Joes' version of funyuns...yummy.
I did to C25K W1D2 today. My knees were sore before I started. It continued into the warm up and they were a little sore on and off while running. Not even for the whole minute. I don't think the running is causing them to be sore.
I do wish they would just stop being sore. It's getting really annoying. Sometimes they're perfectly fine and sometimes not. It doesn't correspond to anything I'm doing. Weird.
I baked some cookies this evening for a friend's birthday. I will post a picture tomorrow when I box them up.
I'm very glad I have tomorrow off. I can get in my weight training and do some elliptical...burn off those TJ's funyuns and my dinner of leftover huevos con papas. Hopefully I'll get plenty of sleep tonight.
I will be baking cupcakes tomorrow and there will be a picture of them as well. They won't be frosted yet. I will wait until Saturday to do that.
Have a great night. If you're knees are not bothering you, be thankful!

  
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STRINGS58 2/19/2011 7:43AM

    I'm wondering what kind of sore - I've read up about when my knee hurts on the side and the recommendation is to emoticon right away. I'm trying to get myself to use my foam roller and IT band massages to help with that. Be careful with knee soreness. There could be other things. Hope you are catching up on emoticonthis weekend!

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KNITTABLES 2/18/2011 4:51PM

    I feel your pain with the soreness and I hope that the pain goes away.

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/18/2011 3:27PM

    I wish it would stop too! BOO NO FUN!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/18/2011 2:51PM

    I feel your pain with the knees. I hope they get better. Cant wait to see the cupcakes and cookies. I was thinking of baking some of those Hungry Girl Cupcakes I made before but I might wait til next weekend (TOM).

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KAMAPERRY 2/18/2011 2:08PM

    Hugs, I feel you on the knee pain!

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THEHONESTME 2/18/2011 12:45PM

    Oh man, sorry to hear about your knees -- pain of any sort is just plain frustrating! Take care and I hope you figure it out. Thanks for the warning on the cookies and cupcakes -- I can't look!! HAHA

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/18/2011 11:32AM

    Did JLITT really just ask what's a funyun?!!! lol
I hope you can figure out what's making your knees sore. Your baking sounds so good!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/18/2011 8:34AM

    could it be related to something you are eating?

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 2/18/2011 6:30AM

    Sorry to hear your knees are still so sore. Does your doctor have any sort of solution? Kudos to you for sticking with your workouts!!!! Hope you caught up on some sleep. Enjoy your day off.

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MISSMITSY 2/18/2011 6:17AM

    Aw I'm sorry your knees are still hurting, hopefully they'll stop soon and then you'll get to enjoy having pain free knees because you know what it's like not to...
Stop saying peanut M&M's you're making me hungry!

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JLITT62 2/18/2011 5:41AM

    I am very greatful my knees don't bother me. What's a funyun?

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XTMONT 2/18/2011 12:55AM

    I don't know how you do all that baking and not give in! You're amazing!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/18/2011 12:10AM

    That is so weird, you knees! I don't know what to say ;p does it have anything to do with what you eat or temperature?
I have a hypocondriac friend, and she swears her joint pains go away if she takes certain things out of her diet! and also if temp goes up or down.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/17/2011 11:22PM

    So sorry your knees are still bothering you!! Very frustrating! Can't wait to see the pics of the cookies and the cupcakes!

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REDSHOES2011 2/17/2011 11:14PM

    Hi NATPLUMMER,
If running hurts your knees don't run use the elliptical if necessary.. You can also get a good cardio work out walking.. I can't run either even if I have lost half my body weight- just because I got the weight off it doesn't cancell out damage done..
Also make sure you are fitted with a good pair of running shoes by a running shop specialist what is between our knees and the pavement is on our feet..
Hang in there, I have been a big running fan but my chiropactor and doctors have retired me from running.. Also replacement knee joints are never as good as the real ones- more limitations.. I am going for being able to walk on my own knees when I am old,
I ain't giving up just finding what doesn't hurt my old knees lol..
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nutrition is 80% of this journey, I lost my 176lbs walking..

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Dinner With BFF Tonight

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It was not quite as busy today at work. I did have to check all the samples that came in the shipment to make sure they were what they said they sent. They emailed an excel spreadsheet with all of the sample numbers. I looked at over 1300 tiny vials. Since they had been in the -80C freezer, they were super cold. I thought I was going to get frostbite ;-)
Other random stuff to do and then we had a lab meeting that lasted 2 hours. There went my day.
The knees are feeling pretty good today. They were a little sore in the morning and last night but they seem to feel that at those times anyway. So far so good. The problem with restarted the C25K when your heart, lungs and muscles are used to doing more than that is that it isn't really that much of a workout. I do promise not to skip any days though. My joints, ligaments and tendons need to go slowly.
Tonight I'm meeting up with my BFF to celebrate my birthday a little early. It's on Saturday for those of you that care. We're going out for Mexican because I am craving some huevos con papas. Yes, I could get scrambled eggs and home fries at any restaurant that serves breakfast but it's just different from a Mexican place. I guess I should have scheduled today to be an exercise day, but it's not. I did dance around my office for 30 minutes but that isn't going to offset dinner. I'll only eat half anyway. Take the rest home for dinner tomorrow.
Have a great night. Hey, it's Wednesday! We're nearly done with the week.

  
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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/17/2011 3:28PM

    Hope your dinner with BFF was a good one. Im disappointed DH and DS had mexican yesterday without me!!! How cruel! LOL Hopefully I can get some this weekend though.

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/17/2011 12:45PM

    Hope you had a great time w/ your BFF!

I agree that restarting the C25K seems pretty easy once you have done it already. What I did was run much faster than I normally do.



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YAMINOKODOMO 2/17/2011 11:08AM

    Hope you had a wonderful dinner/breakfast with your friend! Mmm mmm mmm I had mexican this past sunday. My boyfriend and I went to my fav mexican spot to celebrate valentine's day and it was scrumdeliumcious!

Its good that you are working your knees slowly. Soon they will be 100% better!

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JESS0107 2/17/2011 10:49AM

    Happy Early Birthday!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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MISSMITSY 2/17/2011 7:22AM

    Wow looking at that many vials must have really made your day! Enjoy your Birthday dinner with your BFF!! Happy Early Birthday too, I'll try to remember on the day, but I'll say it now just in case I don't so you know that I do care I'm just forgetful!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/17/2011 7:13AM

    Enjoy your evening with BFF and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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JLITT62 2/17/2011 5:24AM

    Hope it was a great dinner! I was actually going to try to run yesterday, but after 3 hours of shopping - and still needing to walk the dogs - I didn't. You really shouldn't have to exercise more to eat out, it's more about how consistent you are - and you definitely ARE!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/17/2011 12:15AM

    happy b-day! wow 1300 vial!
and I think you definitely should suppliment other workout ;p

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XTMONT 2/16/2011 11:43PM

    Happy Early Birthday! And have fun tonight!

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KNITTABLES 2/16/2011 10:20PM

    Have a great dinner, Happy Birthday.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/16/2011 10:18PM

    I hope you're having a great early birthday dinner! I've never had Mexican breakfast before. Enjoy!!

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NEWMIRROR 2/16/2011 9:31PM

    Happy EARLY Birthday! I care emoticon
So nice that you got to go out with your BFF! Nice day.
I've "bad news" about my work. I need to do the entire project, ALL OVER AGAIN, starting tomorrow because the Directors misunderstood a key direction. Sigh. Total disappointment

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STRINGS58 2/16/2011 9:09PM

    I hope you enjoy the meal on Sat! I was thinking about you and the eliptical workouts. I'm starting to challenge myself to get to the point where a gym workout and the machines would be more of a challenge than what I have at home, and the eliptical would be a great warm-up . . .

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 2/16/2011 7:25PM

    1300 vials?!?! YIKES emoticon It's great that your knees are feeling ok! Enjoy your early birthday celebration!!!!

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C25K Week 1 Day 1...Let's see how the knees like it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I had a super busy day at work. I went in and had to get rid of some old samples from the -80C freezer to make room for some new ones that were shipped to us yesterday. Then I had to drive over to another hospital and drop off some fiber packets and get some blood from one of our study participants. Then it was back to the VA and get the blood ready to run on the HPLC (I'll actually run it next Tuesday) and make an aliquot for the clinical lab. By that time, it was time for lunch...not a moment to soon as I was starving. Then I had to wait for my shipment to come. I finally got at at 2:45. I usually leave work at 2:00 but I had to wait for my stuff. Then I had to unpack it all and put it in the freezer. It was almost 4:30 by the time I got home.
I fired up the treadmill and the C25K app on my iPhone and I was off. My knees felt a little tight during the first few running intervals but by half way through they were fine. No pain at all. They felt a little tight afterward but that happens sometimes with the elliptical as well. They're a little sore tonight but they've been a little sore at night for weeks. I'll see how they feel tomorrow.
Dinner tonight (in case you were wondering) was salmon burgers (I had my on a sandwich thin) and asparagus. Then I realize I was way too low on calories, so I had some almonds.
Pretty good day! Tomorrow is my rest day (meaning I may dance around my office but won't do any weights or heavy cardio).
Happy Tuesday night and have fun watching Biggest Loser if you do (I don't and I only caught a little of tonight's What Not to Wear).

  
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STRINGS58 2/16/2011 9:10PM

    emoticon keep it goin'!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/16/2011 3:29PM

    Glad to hear your knees are doing good. YAY! Good luck with the C25K. I am having leftover spaghetti for dinner tonight.

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SBATES63 2/16/2011 2:55PM

    Hope you knees are up to you continuing. Sorry I have been MIA, but I have had the bubonic plague and just haven't been Sparking, only sleeping. I am aiming to get back to running next Monday, but who knows, and who knows where I will be able to pick up the program. Thanks for asking how my days were going. Didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.

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BREW99 2/16/2011 2:51PM

    Hooray! I'm so glad to hear your knees are feeling better even after your run! I hope you enjoy it this time. We ran last night for one mile - brrrr. But I hope to get out there again. Love running outside! Hope you do too!

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KNITTABLES 2/16/2011 1:49PM

    That a long day, great job but do take care of those knees. I love "What not to Wear" and I do watch BL.

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/16/2011 11:49AM

    Welcome back to 5K land! I hope your knees keep being friendly.

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THEHONESTME 2/16/2011 11:18AM

    Good job! Keep up the good work on the C25K!

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MIRWYN 2/16/2011 11:05AM

    WOOT! Take good care of those knees, I'm so glad they are cooperating finally!

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XTMONT 2/16/2011 10:54AM

    Great work! Keep it up!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/16/2011 10:25AM

    emoticonhopefully the knees were okay this morning!

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STIPER23 2/16/2011 10:23AM

    I'm glad your knees behaved during your return to c25k. Hopefully they can gradually adjust to the increased runs. Have a great week!

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MELISSAISAFOX 2/16/2011 10:09AM

    So glad your knees held up for your welcome back to running/first day back into C25K. That's great news!!

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/16/2011 10:08AM

    wow definitely sounded like a super busy day for you!

I have never tried a salmon burger but one of my friends says a spot by her that makes the best salmon burgers! I must try!

Hope you had a good rest last night, I didnt get to watch biggest loser, but I am behind on a couple of episodes anyways so I have to catch up! Maybe tonight!

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KAMAPERRY 2/16/2011 9:58AM

    Awesome! I will catch up to you someday!

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REEKU731 2/16/2011 8:29AM

    YES!!!! I am glad to hear that your knees did so well!! I hope they continue to improve!!! Keep up the amazing work my friend!!!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/16/2011 8:13AM

    Yay- she's back and running - WTG!!!
Hope your knees let you keep it up.

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DEVILISHDEE4269 2/16/2011 7:47AM

    This is fantastic news Nat!! I'm so happy for you! It is so great when we have that feeling of accomplishment even though we haven't reached the ultimate goal. Just watching the success is motivation to keep us going! I'll be cheering for ya! Keep me informed how those naughty knees are behaving.

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MISSMITSY 2/16/2011 7:20AM

    Wow sounds like a super busy day, glad you got back on the treadmill finally!

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LILDEE4370 2/16/2011 6:45AM

    emoticon You can do it! Slow and steady and baby those knees.

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JOAN_HEO 2/16/2011 6:19AM

    I'm so glad your knees are behaving! Tell them I said they need to continue to be healthy!

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JLITT62 2/16/2011 5:44AM

    Whew! Sounds really busy. Hope the knees don't protest too much.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/16/2011 12:27AM

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APIRLRAIN888 2/15/2011 11:24PM

    hope you knee are okay tomorrow too ;p salmon burger sounds good!

what are researching?

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Yes, It is Valentine's Day

Monday, February 14, 2011

Work was okay. I had to drive over to Stanford for a meeting this morning. That's not so bad. It's the parking over there that I hate. Luckily I found a spot easily. I ended up paying $5 to park. I wasn't sure how long the meeting was going to last and it was $1 for each hour. I didn't have 2 ones, so $5 it was. Oh well.
Lots of stuff to do when I got back to the VA.
My boss actually gave me a small box of See's candy. He can be very sweet sometimes.
Then he wanted to go over some information from the meeting and make a plan for things to do. This made me miss another meeting I was supposed to go (but really didn't want to).
I emailed my doctor this morning. I wanted to let her know that my knees were still sore in the mornings when I got up, often sore in the evenings and sometimes just sore randomly. I asked if I could start running this week. She said as long as I took it slow then I could give it a go. YAY!!! I'll be starting the C25K (for the 4th time) tomorrow.
I had turkey chili simmering in the slow cooker all day. It made for a great dinner.
I gave my husband his Valentine's Day present...a whole bunch of different chocolates and a card. He gave me mine: a box of chocolate, a card and a dozen very beautiful red roses.
It turned out to be a great day and that is really saying something for a Monday.

  
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KAMAPERRY 2/15/2011 9:57PM

    How nice, I hope I can run someday!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/15/2011 9:30PM

    Chocolate, yum yum. Your sweetie spoiled you & you spoiled him. emoticon Enjoy yourselves! Victoria

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THEHONESTME 2/15/2011 6:57PM

    Sounds like a very nice day!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/15/2011 3:21PM

    Awww how cute! Congrats on you being able to run again! Hope your knees does well!

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LEN_VERSION32 2/15/2011 2:30PM

    love the romance!

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BREW99 2/15/2011 1:58PM

    Sounds like a busy but lovely day!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/15/2011 10:48AM

    Sounds like your day wrapped up nicely!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 2/15/2011 8:12AM

    You must be excited to start running again! Just be careful and take it slow. Awww sounds like a great end to the day!!!

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DEVILISHDEE4269 2/15/2011 6:45AM

    Sounds like you had a fantastic Valentine's Day!!

Sorry your knees are still bothering you but it's great the doc gave you the go ahead for running again. Just do it at your pace. Don't over do it or you may have a set back!

Thanks for being a great friend!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/15/2011 5:40AM

    Sounds like it was a beautiful day. Sweet- you deserve it!

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JLITT62 2/15/2011 5:39AM

    Glad you had such a great day! Good luck with C25K again.

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MISSMITSY 2/15/2011 5:36AM

    Glad you had a good valentines day! Yay running again! Don't worry I ahve to start the C25k over again too, we can do it!! What's life without a few challenges after all...

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APIRLRAIN888 2/14/2011 11:47PM

    awww how sweet of hubby! and again yeah to c25k! take it easy ;p

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TRIGFROST 2/14/2011 11:37PM

    Happy Valentine Day... to you... emoticon emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/14/2011 10:51PM

    Glad you had a great day!! Good luck with running!

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KNITTABLES 2/14/2011 10:51PM

    Take care and Happy Valentines Day!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/14/2011 10:36PM

    Remember, take it slowly at first. Okay? I look forward to hearing about your runs. (as in running)

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Some Cookies For Your Sunday Evening.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Yes, I did miles on the elliptical this morning in preparation for cookies.
I made lemon and chocolate. Here they are naked:


And here they are frosted:


Have a great Sunday night and a fabulous Valentine's Day Monday!!

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MIRWYN 2/15/2011 8:24AM

    Aww these are sooo cute! I haven't had a chance to make the cookies yet you sent me the recipe for. My weekend got kinda off track , not in a bad way though so that is nice, hehe. These look nom nom nom!

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THEHONESTME 2/14/2011 9:45PM

    Happy Valentine's Day to you, too! emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/14/2011 3:18PM

    Awwww they look too cute to eat!! The lemon sounds really good.

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DEVILISHDEE4269 2/14/2011 2:58PM

    Those look fantastic!!! Too bad I can't indulge!! Darn it!

Have a great Valentines!! Oh and thanks for reading/commenting on my blog!! You are such a great friend!!

Dee

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XTMONT 2/14/2011 10:54AM

    Those look yummy!

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KAMAPERRY 2/14/2011 10:29AM

    Pretty!!

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/14/2011 10:22AM

    Those look delicious! Happy Valentine's Day!

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MISSMITSY 2/14/2011 5:52AM

    Awww what pretty valentines cookies! Have a great day...

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JLITT62 2/14/2011 5:17AM

    I'm sure those will be a big hit!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/14/2011 4:29AM

    I got the impression that you don't actually partake of your baking. My gym membership is coming to an end and all you ellipting has made me contemplate buying one, maybe...

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/13/2011 11:39PM

    That was very thoughtful, thank you! And yummy. Have a wonderful V-day.

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KNITTABLES 2/13/2011 10:33PM

    mmm they look so good to eat, thanks for sharing.
Have a great Valentines Day to you.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/13/2011 10:28PM

    thanks for the cookies! I burnt some cals too ;p

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55TUCKER 2/13/2011 10:27PM

    mmmmmhhmmm.....they look delicious! Have one of each for me!

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WONDERWOMAN 2/13/2011 10:16PM

    Mmmmmmm Mmmmmmmm

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LARIESHA 2/13/2011 9:57PM

    So very cute! I did the elliptical today also. Only 30 minutes, but I did it! Have a great rest of the night!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 2/13/2011 9:27PM

    those are adorable! Happy Valentine's Day!

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BELIEVER104 2/13/2011 9:26PM

    oooh prrretty-- enjoy! Happy Valentine's Day!

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STRINGS58 2/13/2011 9:00PM

    I frosted cookies too -- cheated and used the ready made dough. I made the hungry girl cupcakes. Looks like Valentine's day in my kitchen. The BEST part is that hubby helped with the dishes! emoticon emoticon

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LEN_VERSION32 2/13/2011 8:52PM

    oooh! Heart cookies!! Enjoy 1/2 for me emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/13/2011 8:49PM

    Cute! Happy Valentine's Day!

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MARCHEM 2/13/2011 8:48PM

    Love the cookie porn!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 2/13/2011 8:39PM

    Oh those are cute!! Enjoy your night and have a Happy Valentine's Day!
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HALFFAST 2/13/2011 8:39PM

    Aww man, now I want some cookies! Yummy!

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