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Started ChaLEAN Extreme Today.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I did my measurements and even took pictures. I am brave enough to post measurements but not pictures.
Chest: 31.25
Upper arm: 11
Waist: 25.5
Hips: 34.5
Abductors: 37.5 (Yes, I do have quite the saddlebags)
Thighs: 21.25 (both are the same)
I did the Burn Circuit 1 this morning. Since it was the first time through any of the workouts, I went a little light. I am going to need some heavier weights, though. The heaviest dumbbells I've got are 15 pounds. Those were just too light for the squats.
Afterward, I was feeling like doing a little cardio so I jumped on the elliptical for 50 minutes. That felt good after a day off yesterday.
I was really hungry for my Ezekial English muffin and almond butter after that workout.
We went to Trader Joe's and did some grocery shopping. We went to the Taqueria for lunch and I got a carne asada taco. I ordered two because they're usually small, but these were gigantic. They used the 6" tortillas instead of the 4.5" ones and put a lot of meat in. My husband ate the second one.
I decided to price weights online. I finally decided to go for the BowFlex SelectTech's that Chalene uses. She isn't a whole lot taller than me and it looked like she didn't have any problem with them being too big. We already have way to many free weights sitting in the living room: 2's, 3's, 5's, 8's, 10's , a single 12, and 15's. I know I need another 12 and at least 20 immediately. I have a feeling I'll be need 25, 30, maybe more for this program. The heavier the weight, the more expensive it is. I figured why not get adjustable. The one's I ordered go up to 50 pounds each. I doubt I'll need anything heavier than that. I guess I'll see on Thursday how they are. They should be arriving Wednesday but that's my running/Burn Intervals and Ab Burner day.
I guess I should get going on some laundry and swiffervac.
Have a great evening!

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WENDYSPARKS 2/28/2011 5:20PM

    Have Fun with the Chalean program!!

Wendy :)

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KATIECALLOS 2/28/2011 4:43PM

    thank you for your bravery on posting your measurements. I am not there yet! You ALWAYS give me inspiration when it comes to doing my cardo. I read in your blog 50 minutes on the elliptical and think to myself, Katie you can handel a 1/2 hour of anything!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/28/2011 12:09PM

    I hope you have pictures though for yourself to see your progress!


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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/28/2011 11:44AM

    I'm looking forward to seeing how you like the program! Great measurements already, so I bet you'll see some amazing results!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/28/2011 10:19AM

    Dontcha just love Trader Joes? Have fun with your new wgts. Ikeep my adjustable ones handy so that I can pick them up at any time. Have a great day.

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MIRWYN 2/28/2011 9:33AM

    Awesome measurements girl! I can't wait to see how you like ChaLean!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/28/2011 8:02AM

    I wouldn't be surprised if your measurements go up somewhat. You will be working out with pretty heavy weights, you'll get so buff. Maybe the next step is body building! :)

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MISSMITSY 2/28/2011 7:07AM

    Weights are expensive aren't they!
Sounds like a pretty good Sunday all up though...

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JLITT62 2/28/2011 6:40AM

    I have adjustable weights & really like them - altho sometimes it pays to actually have 2 sets (I don't) cause then you don't have to take the time to change them, which can actually be difficult in the middle of a workout.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/28/2011 4:02AM

    Good luck with ChaLean! I know you will get a workout. High five on your measurements too.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/27/2011 11:01PM

    WOW you are tiny (ok except for the saddlebag! but hey we all have imprefections!)

clueless so I had to scroll past the workout bits ( I am adhd that way)

BUT I have to say, if I wasn't training for HM! I think I will just do p90x! I see soo much result! and I can't believe I can get my HR as high as running, even burn the same about of cals!

and the results is almost immediate!

BUT having said that! my hubby was on wk 3 when he took a week off for conference, not so pretty coming back. so goes to show how fast your body goes back if you don't exercise!

scary thought for maintenance for me in the future.

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LARIESHA 2/27/2011 10:40PM

    Sounds like ChaLean is the next big thing in fitness. I have a few friends that are going to try it.

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STRINGS58 2/27/2011 10:07PM

    what do you measure to measure abductors --- I'm confused.

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THEHONESTME 2/27/2011 8:28PM

    emoticon I can't wait to see how you make out with this. You will give us frequent updates, right? PLEASE!! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/27/2011 8:25PM

    I have seen those weights. Can't wait to hear all about them.

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KNITTABLES 2/27/2011 7:38PM

    emoticonyou are becoming a fitness machine. good luck with it.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/27/2011 7:31PM

    You are a calorie burning machine! You go girl! You can lift heavier than me!

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LEN_VERSION32 2/27/2011 7:14PM

    emoticon on ordering the Selecttech weights!

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    I really like CE. I haven't made it through all 3 phases though. I took beginning and ending measurements the first time I did the Burn Phase...I lost 7 lbs and 7 inches and I probably should have used heavier weights. I also wasn't 100% with my eating. Can't wait to see your results. Good luck with it!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/27/2011 6:57PM

    You are tiny!! Looking forward to hearing about your Chalean experience! You are going to be lifting really heavy, wow!

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NNL West Model Car Show

Saturday, February 26, 2011

You may have noticed I wasn't really around today. That's because DH and I were attending (and working at) the NNL West model car show.
We stayed at the hotel last night so we could get an early start setting up this morning. When we got to the hotel there was a pizza party. A good way to start the event.
This morning we met for breakfast at 6am and by 7am headed over to the convention center next door. Many tables were set up for the display of the models.
I helped get the registration desk in order so that we'd be ready for the people when they arrived. I spent most of the day working the registration desk. Handling the forms and numbering the models. Each person who enters a model is given some raffle tickets and there are raffles every hour of car models. People vote for best of show in adult and youth categories.
A fun day. Lots of great looking cars.
I'm glad we're home and can sleep in our own bed tonight. And I missed my little Malika emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 2/28/2011 12:42AM

    cool I did notice you were gone ;p

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FLYER99 2/27/2011 10:40AM

    Wow, that sounds like so much fun! I used to play around with model cars when I was younger. Oh, those days lol. I wish I had have been there to see all the displays. Take care, my friend!

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KAMAPERRY 2/27/2011 10:33AM

    Sounds fun!!!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 2/27/2011 10:14AM

    Sounds like you had a great time! Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

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HALFFAST 2/27/2011 9:28AM

    Sounds like a fun day :) I love staying in hotels but I always miss my emoticon too!

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MDTWEETY 2/27/2011 8:33AM

    Sounds like a fun day! Something different to do. :)

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/27/2011 8:15AM

    Sleep is good, sleeping in one's own bed, even better!

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JLITT62 2/27/2011 7:58AM

    I think it's always nice to get away, even if it's just one night.

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LEN_VERSION32 2/27/2011 7:48AM

    ooh, I love cars! We have races in Jamaica at Dover that never misses me! The next one is in April and ooh, I want to go in a short shorts!!! Goal! haha! Glad you got a break out!

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MISSMITSY 2/27/2011 5:57AM

    Sounds like a fun outing! It's always nice to get away so you can enjoy coming home again...

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/27/2011 4:48AM

    You're just having all kinds of fun emoticon emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/27/2011 3:30AM

    Sounds like good times. Glad you enjoyed it!

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KNITTABLES 2/27/2011 2:15AM

    So glad you had a great day and now back at home in your own bed. Sweet Dreams.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/26/2011 11:06PM

    Yep I noticed you werent around. Sounds like a nice day for you and DH!

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My hair cut from yesterday is very similar to the one I got in December

Friday, February 25, 2011

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LARIESHA 2/26/2011 3:02PM

    I remember that cut. It looks good on you. Good choice!

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KAMAPERRY 2/26/2011 3:00PM

    I looked it up. I love it!

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MISSMITSY 2/26/2011 7:11AM

    I remember that cut, is this only the second time you've gotten it like that?

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APIRLRAIN888 2/25/2011 9:36PM

    LOL why a pop-up? LOL it takes 5 mins to load! haha just kidding, reason why I don't comment on sparkpages often ;p

but some very cute cute

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BLUEEYESXOXO 2/25/2011 8:08PM

    So cute! It suits you very well! :)

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HALFFAST 2/25/2011 7:08PM

    That's such a cute haircut :) Your next picture must have a big huge SMILE!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/25/2011 6:50PM

    Looks good - I love that cut!

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KNITTABLES 2/25/2011 6:34PM

    Very nice.

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MDTWEETY 2/25/2011 3:52PM

    It is so cute! I love the bob. I wear it a lot. Growing out now but I'm sure I will get sick of my longer hair and go back to it. ;)
Have an AWESOME weekend!

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LEN_VERSION32 2/25/2011 3:27PM

    Cute! Excellent style for working out!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/25/2011 3:16PM

    Happy Hair Cut! emoticon

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    It's very cute!! You should smile :)

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CICI510 2/25/2011 2:44PM

    Love that cut! Very cute!!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/25/2011 2:27PM

    I like it! Looks stylish but also easy to manage!

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JLITT62 2/25/2011 2:25PM

    Mine hasn't changed in years!

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NIKKIKERN12 2/25/2011 2:20PM

    Very cute! I want to chop mine off but have not worked up the courage yet emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/25/2011 2:13PM

    I LOVE that hairstyle. Im trying to grow mine out, and now the layers are getting long too, I need a trim bad.

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Thursday, Busy Thursday

Thursday, February 24, 2011

If you read my status from last night I was trying to decide which Jackie Warner workout to do this morning. I went with the votes: Xtreme Timesaver Training (2 votes..Power Circuit Training only got 1). As always, it was a great workout. Just when you think you can't do any more, it's over.
At work I had a whole pile of data to look over. I had to remove the HPLC column I installed yesterday and install the new one that arrived yesterday afternoon. The new column proceeded to leak, so it took a while to get it tightened so that it stopped leaking. I always attach a guard column to catch any small particles that may have gotten into the system. For the new column, the guard columns are called KrudKatchers :-)

After work I went and got my hair cut. I had been thinking of getting a pixie cut by my hairdresser asked me to wait until the weather got warmer. So I just got my usual angled bob.
I came home and started a load of laundry and baked some cookies for the NNL model car show on Saturday. I won't have time to bake them tomorrow night.

There is more laundry in the dryer and my husband's jacket is in the washer. I don't know what he got on it (I didn't see) but he wanted it washed.
Tomorrow I won't be getting up early to exercise. It's going to wait until after work. I don't want to mess up my hair ;-)
Have a great night!!

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KAMAPERRY 2/25/2011 2:11PM

    Yummy cookies!!! emoticon

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LARIESHA 2/25/2011 1:52PM

    Cookies look great and I am sure the haircut does too. Laundry the never ending saga! I need to wash my jacket also. There is a coffee mess on it. OOPS!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/25/2011 1:46PM

    Cookies look delish. Im sure your hair looks great. Great job on the workout. Jackie's workout (power circuit total body)is STILL NOT on demand yet. BOO!
Have a great weekend.

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 2/25/2011 12:09PM

    Cookies look delish, as usual!! Are they oatmeal-raisin?

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JOAN_HEO 2/25/2011 11:32AM

    I had a pixie when I was was my mother's idea. My cowlick didn't work well with it but is never got tangled!

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JESS0107 2/25/2011 11:13AM

    Your cookies look great! What kind are they?

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/25/2011 11:12AM

    I was supposed to get cornbread muffins ready last night and completely forgot!!! They really shouldn't take too long to whip up tonight though. going to have those w/ left over chili from Sunday.

do you even get 8 hours of sleep girl???

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/25/2011 11:10AM

    Sounds like a good, productive day! I hope you have a great Friday!

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/25/2011 8:02AM

    Sounds like a busy day for you!

Bob haircut is nice. I have always loved those short haircuts but dont got the hair for it.

Cookies look good! Hope today isnt too crazy at work! And glad you enjoyed your workout with Jackie!

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MISSMITSY 2/25/2011 7:20AM

    It's always nice when you can get an extra day out of the hairdresser styling isnt it! What sort of cookies are they? They look pretty yummy...

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SBATES63 2/25/2011 7:18AM

    Go for the pixie! I had one for about a year and it looked great and was awesome for working out. It never gets in your face!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/25/2011 1:50AM

    MMMM cookies!!! They look good.

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KNITTABLES 2/25/2011 1:28AM

    Another busy day and getting your hair cut. cookies looks really tasty.

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/25/2011 12:36AM

    I watched a woman get a pixie cut when I was waiting for the bus last night. She had bleached blond hair and it looked awesome- she looked so funky! Made me want it too, but there is no way I can pull it off. Why did your hair dresser want to wait for warmer weather, is it a hair thing or just because of actually being cold?

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APIRLRAIN888 2/24/2011 11:01PM

    lol I like pixie, but never tried it, probably not going too.. lol

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Yay...C25K W2D2...Done...Again.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I was good this morning and actually got up at 2:30 to get my workout in. I did C25K W2D2. 90 seconds of running just isn't very long so I cheated and added 15 seconds to each interval, making it an extra 90 seconds of running. I figured that might not be too much. Maybe it was, my knees are a little sore. That could also be the crazy weather we're having. Hot, cold, rainy.
Definitely a busy day at work. It took me most of the day to get the new HPLC up and running. Tomorrow I'll get down to some serious playing with it.
I got lots of bonus exercise going up and down the stairs between the labs and I danced around in my office a little because as you all know, I like to do that.
I had planned on watching a movie when I got home today since I had already done my workout but somehow the afternoon got away with me and now it's almost time for bed.
We had whole wheat pasta, turkey meatballs, Newman's sockarooni sauce and green beans for dinner. Definitely comfort food.
Tomorrow morning I'll be working out with Jackie. I just haven't decided which workout to do yet. I'm still a little sore from yesterday's adventure.
Have a wonderful Wednesday night!!
Sleep well, my Sparkfriends.

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STRINGS58 2/27/2011 9:39AM

    I started reading your blogs (I'm way behind) and all I could think while reading was "I have to exercise" -- so , I'm gonna go do that, and I thank you for the push! emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/24/2011 5:03PM

    Good job on your run! I hope your knee is feeling okay today! I hope you had a great workout with Jackie! :)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/24/2011 2:30PM

    Nice job! 2:30 in the morning doesn't even exist in my world!

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KAMAPERRY 2/24/2011 12:49PM

    Wow, you are my hero!!! Take care of those knees for us, ok?

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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/24/2011 12:40PM

    Up @ 2:30am! You are crazy! YAY on the bonus exercise. Yummy dinner! Have you tried Emeril's pasta sauce? It is the BEST! And I think its All Natural ingredients too.

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/24/2011 12:26PM

    Wow you definitely got a lot of exercise in! Woohoo! We had whole wheat pasta too but made some ground chicken meatballs. Not so bad lol Tonight is turkey burgers! Nom nom nom.

Hope you had a good workout with Jackie! And hope today isnt as crazy and you get to dance a little more in your office!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 2/24/2011 11:24AM

    Way to go on your workout!! Sorry about the knees though. Dinner sounds yummy. Have a great day!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/24/2011 10:31AM

    bummer on the knees... hopefully that will clear up soon. Taking vit D?

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MELISSAISAFOX 2/24/2011 9:27AM

    Ice those knees and great job with C25K!!

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REEKU731 2/24/2011 8:42AM

    Nice job on the workout! I think you're doing great and that comfort food looks awesome! Keep it up my friend!


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MDTWEETY 2/24/2011 8:03AM

    Great job on the C25K! emoticon Keep going!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/24/2011 6:58AM

    emoticon sorry, it double posted emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/24/2011 6:58AM

    Does this mean that Wed is no longer your day off working out? ;)

I don't think the 90 secs made a difference either. Is it possible it's residual pain from somewhere else and only focusing at your knees?

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THEHONESTME 2/24/2011 6:25AM

    Sounds like a very nice day! Good luck with the Jackie workout!

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JLITT62 2/24/2011 6:21AM

    Don't worry, the intervals get longer. That's the whole point - to ease into it!

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MISSMITSY 2/24/2011 6:08AM

    I bet it's the weather, it'll affect your knees badly since they already play up on you! I don't think 15 extra seconds would have hurt you...

Way to go getting your morning workout in!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/24/2011 3:06AM

    WOW! You rock girl!

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KNITTABLES 2/24/2011 1:38AM

    Wow you sure got a lot done. WTG and have a great sleep tonight.

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LARIESHA 2/23/2011 11:43PM

    Awesome that you got all that done today! Hope the knees don't stay sore long. Have a great night!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/23/2011 11:41PM

    way to go! kudos for adding but follow the program LOL

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 2/23/2011 11:35PM

    That is awesome. 2:30! You are inspiring me to get my butt out of bed tomorrow morning at 5 and get my run in. I'm glad you had a great day, and such yummy comfort food!

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SHRINKINRUNNER 2/23/2011 11:17PM

    emoticon girl! You are totally emoticon!

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PRACHI17 2/23/2011 10:59PM

    way to go !! and here i cannot even get up at 6 am to work out.
Please rub off your will power on me :)

Dancing in office is good and these days even i try to get up and walk every 60 min .. drinking all that water helps ;)

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XTMONT 2/23/2011 10:56PM

    Wow! 2:30? Rockstar! Way to go!

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