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ChaLEAN Extreme Day 17

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

For some reason, I could not get out of bed this morning. Odd since it was so easy yesterday.
Kind of a crazy day at work. Some online trainings to do, data to look at, lots of emails.
When I got home, I did my ChaLEAN workout.
Burn Circuit 2
Sumo Squat with Bicep Curl - W 12.5 R 10
Lunge with One-Arm Tricep Extension - - W 10 R 11
Dead Lift Row - - W 17.5 R 12 (I will try 20 next time)
Sumo Squat with Overhead Tricep Extension-- W17.5 R11 (and I didn't hit myself in the head...bonus)
Dead Lift with Double Row -- W17.5 R 10
Bowler's Lunge with Single-Arm Row - - W 17.5 R 12 (I will try 20 next time)
Bicep Curls with Abductor Balance - - W 10 R 12
Forward Lean Lunge with Double Row - - W 17.5 R 12 (I will try 20 next time)
Triple-Threat Push Ups - 12 (on toes)

We had some salmon burgers with Trader Joe's soycutash for dinner:

I'm getting ready to head to bed pretty soon. My husband is going over to his friend's house with the cookies from last night. I'll get a review tomorrow.
Have a great night everyone!!

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SARAHFAILLA 3/18/2011 4:33AM

    I love salmon but never had it on a burger. Do you mix it up like beef or just put the piece on the bun? Glad you got your CLX done!

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KAMAPERRY 3/16/2011 11:16PM

    Can I come for dinner?

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WENDYSPARKS 3/16/2011 5:02PM

    Yum!! Love the salmon!!

Wendy :)

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STRINGS58 3/16/2011 4:48PM

    The meal looks great though I'm not crazy about Salmon. The workout looks intense. I have several mornings when, if it's not hard to get up, it's hard to get into the huff and puff of intensive exercise.

You've got some grit, or resolve, or something that keeps you on task! emoticon emoticon

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 3/16/2011 2:32PM

    That salmon burger looks delicious. Rest up, and get pumped for more ChaLEAN!

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LARIESHA 3/16/2011 12:37PM

    Salmon is my favorite. You just gave me an idea for dinner. Thanks and good job on the workouts.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/16/2011 12:16PM

    Oh your dinner looks YUMMY! Great workout!

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/16/2011 11:36AM

    yum... salmon

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YAMINOKODOMO 3/16/2011 10:05AM

    It was hard for me to wake up this morning because of how gloomy it is outside. I opened my eyes and it still looked dark so I was like no it cant be 7 yet, and went back to sleep lol!

Great workout! 17 days woohoo! Good going!

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MIRWYN 3/16/2011 9:11AM

    I love salmon burgers! YUM! You're kicking butt with the workouts, WOOT

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RUNGIRL4LIFE 3/16/2011 9:05AM

    Sounds interesting. May have to try a salmon burger. Keep it up! emoticon

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MISSMITSY 3/16/2011 8:09AM

    Your burgers look good, what are you using for 'bread'?

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JLITT62 3/16/2011 5:41AM

    I've actually been waking up too early since the time change & finally slept in a bit today . . . I needed that! Maybe you just need a little extra rest, too, you've been working out hard.

Been thinking about some salmon patties myself . .

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KNITTABLES 3/16/2011 2:51AM

    mmm looks pretty tasty. Sleep well.

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/16/2011 12:58AM

    Oh salmon burgers, did you make them from scratch? are they oven baked?
and what does hubby think of your new ripped body...?

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/16/2011 12:41AM

    Dinner looks yummy there!

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SHRINKINRUNNER 3/15/2011 11:32PM

    How in the world do you make a salmon burger? Is it good?
You rocked it girl..GREAT JOB!

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CHERWHOAH 3/15/2011 11:30PM

    That's how i felt today too. But oh well. Rest day it is! :)

your dinner looks delish and so healthy! :) I hope you get great reviews on your cookies!

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APIRLRAIN888 3/15/2011 10:51PM

    I wonder what hubby thinks about you taking pics of all his food ;p

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/15/2011 10:41PM

    Dinner looks great, I've never tried a salmon burger before. Good job not hitting your head on the sumo squat tricep extensions!! ;)

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LEN_VERSION32 3/15/2011 10:35PM

    Looks very healthy!! Too healthy... emoticon

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C25K W5D1 & ChaLEAN Extreme Day 16

Monday, March 14, 2011

It was a rest day for ChaLEAN, but I started week 5 of C25K. The first interval seemed kind of hard but I was fine after that. May have just been because it was so freaking early. I even added an extra 1.5 minutes at the end of the last interval to make sure I was getting 1.5 miles of running in.
My knees have felt great all day. Weird.
Busy day at work.
When I got home I did 2 loads of laundry. Then I made some roast turkey breast dal (the recipe actually called for roast chicken but we picked up a roasted turkey breast at the grocery store on Saturday so that's what I used.

and low carb coconut cookies ( my husband is trying to cut down on the sugar)

I finally caught up with all of the Spark emails. There was something going on today. I didn't get any after midnight until about noon today.
Have a great night. Hopefully everyone has started easing into the new time.

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THEHONESTME 3/15/2011 8:23PM

    I'm glad your knee is doing better -- think it might be weather-related? Maybe you could start predicting the weather better than some of the weathermen around here! LOL

As for the time change... I'm not there yet. I had a horrible time falling asleep last night and then, of course, I didn't want to get up this morning! SIGH emoticon Tonight might be the night, though, cuz I'm pretty tired! Maybe I'll get the internal clock re-set now. emoticon

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LARIESHA 3/15/2011 12:54PM

    Great to hear that your knees are feeling good. Good job to adding the extra time to your work out. You rock! Your baked goods always look good.

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 3/15/2011 12:30PM

    Your baking always looks delish.

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/15/2011 12:12PM

    So glad your knees are holding up! I did W5D2 this morning.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/15/2011 11:16AM

    The cookies look FABULOUS! Great job on the workout. What a healthy dinner, YUM!

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STRINGS58 3/15/2011 10:20AM

    That's an interesting dovetailing of the workouts -- I came to the computer to do some other business, find myself sparking -- and where's that workout??? Gotta go find it and make it happen!

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REEKU731 3/15/2011 9:49AM

    Those cookies look fabulous my friend! I am glad your knees are doing well! Keep up the great work!!!


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    Low carb coconut cookies...I LOVE coconut!!! How do they taste? Where did you get the recipe? What supplement are you taking for your knees? Well aren't I just full of questions this morning LOL. Have a great day!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/15/2011 8:37AM

    I hope it's the supplements you've been taking are doing the trick with your knees. Hope it lasts!

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MISSMITSY 3/15/2011 7:16AM

    mmm coconut cookies yummy! Glad your knees are playing nice, that's awesome news!

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SBATES63 3/15/2011 6:18AM

    So I guess we're on for Day 2 tomorrow, eh friend? I have to find some healthy muffin recipes with fruit for DH's lunch. He's a carpenter working outside and needs a lot more calories than me during the day. I have some peaches in the freezer that aren't really all that tasty but which would be great in muffins. Maybe tomorrow night will be baking.

What's your dinner tonight? We're having baked haddock, orzo pasta with parmesan and basil and a s**tload of broccoli. Crowns were on sale dirt cheap and I forgot there is only 2 of us eating them. Love the stuff, though.

Have a great day. Talk soon.

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JLITT62 3/15/2011 5:31AM

    Hmm, I'm still having some email problems but I think it's my iPad, not SP.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/15/2011 3:26AM

    Those look good. I'm always looking for low or no sugar sweet recipes. YUM!

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VYVIENN 3/15/2011 2:49AM

    Mmmmh, dal... I love lentils!

I noticed the issue with email, too. At least they finally all came in! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/15/2011 1:42AM

    So happy your runs are going well for you - no knee probs, yay!

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APIRLRAIN888 3/15/2011 1:27AM

    wooohooo where do you get all your recipes! and woohoo for knees

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/15/2011 12:27AM

    Yummy looking food, as always! I was having email issues, too! I'm glad your knees have felt good all day...hoping that continues!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 3/14/2011 11:22PM

    I'm glad your knees feel good!! I am looking forward to getting back to chaLEAN soon, but dr. says i have to wait a bit. Keep up the good work!

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CHERWHOAH 3/14/2011 11:10PM

    you and your baked goods! They always look so delicious.

Good for you for adding an extra 1.5min! :)

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LEN_VERSION32 3/14/2011 11:04PM

    I had the same problem with emails too!

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KAMAPERRY 3/14/2011 11:04PM

    Way to go!!! I survived Jillian tonite!! Did you know your blogs make me hungry, lol?

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ChaLEAN Extreme Day 15 and Sexy Low Fat Vanilla Cupcakes (Vegan)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Today was day 15 of CLX.
Burn Circuit 1
Sumo Squat with Hip Lift - W 17.5 R 11
Lunge with Posterior Fly - - W 10 R 12
Push Up with Leg Lift - 12 (on toes)
Dead Lift with Posterior Fly - - W 7.5 R 12
Lunge with Core Rotation - - W 20 R 12
Bench Press and Leg Lower - - W 12.5 R 12
Squat with Side Bend - - W 17.5 R 12
Forward Lean Lunge with DBL Arm Posterior Fly - - W 10R 12 (6 each leg)
Chest Fly with Hip Lift - - W 10 R 12
I decided to do some cardio after and hit the elliptical for 4 miles.
I had some cottage cheese and a lentil bolani for breakfast....very tasty.
My brother came over and we went for Mexican food for lunch. He got a chile verde chimichanga, my husband got shrimp fajitas and I got some chile colorado. Everybody enjoyed their meals and my husband will be eating my leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
When we got back, I made some lemon flavored 7 minute frosting for the cupcakes.
Here they are unfrosted (in case you didn't see yesterday's blog):

Here they are frosted:

They were very tasty and super moist. A little more dense than I was expecting but not unpleasantly so. I did not use vanilla soy yogurt because all I could find was plain so I added a little extra vanilla extract. The recipe called for soy milk but I already had unsweetened almond milk and used that instead. Unfrosted, these cupcakes are vegan. Because I used 7 minute frosting they are not because it's made with egg whites.
I also think the oven is off because the centers were sunken. That could also account for the texture. I'll have to find my oven thermometer and check next time I use it.
Not sure what else is planned for today other than I need to cook some lentils for dinner tomorrow.
Have a great night. I hope everyone gets up for work on time!

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KNITTABLES 3/14/2011 9:09PM

    When's tea time, Yum emoticonThey look good from here.

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BREW99 3/14/2011 9:05PM

    mmmm emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/14/2011 7:37PM

What is a lentil bolani?

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APIRLRAIN888 3/14/2011 1:28PM

    woohoo on CLX

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MIRWYN 3/14/2011 1:19PM

    Whoa, cupcakes look awesome but I shouldn't be surprised! Hehe!

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JKSOCAL 3/14/2011 11:50AM

    You go girl! Rocking the workouts and the baking. Woo hoo! Keep it up!

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MISSMITSY 3/14/2011 7:56AM

    What pretty cupcakes, I hope your friend likes the recipe!

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/14/2011 5:58AM

    They sure do look yummy-
Your workouts sound awesome, I can't wait till you post your end result measurements.

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JLITT62 3/14/2011 5:09AM

    I eat soy, but try not to eat too much of it, so I've switched from soy milk to almond milk. Doesn't make any difference in baking that I can tell.

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SARAHFAILLA 3/13/2011 11:30PM

    I would love ur recipe for the muffins! My man loves lemon and he and my youngest son can't do dairy so soy milk is good for us in a recipe. You are doing SO well with CLX! I just love it and how fun she makes it!

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LEN_VERSION32 3/13/2011 11:25PM

    The cupcakes looks delicious!! Now I am feeling for a cupcake!

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YAMINOKODOMO 3/13/2011 11:01PM

    Wow thats a nice workout you did there!

I had mexican food the last two nights in a row! I just love mexican food! Glad you got to enjoy yours!

Cupcakes look great and thats awesome that they are vegan. I have never tried vegan anything. There is a place by my place that makes vegan cupcakes I have been wanting to try.

I should be heading to bed now.. I hate losing an hour lol Only good thing about it is the day will be lighter longer but still.. today went by SO fast!

Hope you had a wonderful sunday!

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CHERWHOAH 3/13/2011 10:09PM

    Oops i figured you might've posted the frosted cupcakes today after i posted my comment (sorry i open a new tab for blogs i want to read and today my in laws came by so I read it now).

You're doing awesome with CLX! :)

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/13/2011 8:51PM

    Awesome workout! Cupcakes look delish!

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LARIESHA 3/13/2011 8:25PM

    Good job on the workouts. The cupcakes look awesome.

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THEHONESTME 3/13/2011 8:25PM

    You work out hard -- you eat unique food -- you obviously have a good relationship with your husband and your brother -- WAY TO GO! You have a pretty cool life!
And, yes, let's hope I can get up on time for work tomorrow morning - I can already feel that my body is going to have a hard time adjusting... emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 3/13/2011 7:54PM

    You eat the coolest things!!!!! Way to go on the workout, trying begginner Jillian in the morning!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 3/13/2011 7:46PM

    I love lentils!! and your cupcakes look delicious.

Are you enjoying the exercise DVD's? I've been toying with the idea of getting something to tone up more efficiently when this weight is gone.

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    How are you liking the new weights? Cupcakes look great!

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Chalean Extreme Day 14

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Today was actually a rest day but I was feeling like I needed some cardio so I did the elliptical for 55 minutes. Felt great!!
I was starving afterward and made an egg white, chicken breast and broccoli scramble for breakfast. That really hit the spot.
Later we went grocery shopping but first had lunch at Panda Express. More broccoli. YAY!
We ended up going to both Safeway and Whole Foods because I couldn't find everything I needed at Safeway. That took up way too much of the day.
When we got home, I tried out the Sexy Low Fat Vanilla Cupcakes recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I promised my friend, CREATINGAMANDA, that I would send her a low fat vegan cupcake recipe when she got to a certain weight. I wanted to test it out first. What if if was yucky. Anyway, this is what they look like without any icing. Kind of sunken in the center but that's okay...there will be icing covering them.

We ended up at an Indian buffet for dinner. I always eat too much at the Indian buffet. Oh well, I'm still in calorie range. Just closer to the top end.
Have a great night. Don't forget to set your clocks back.

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CHERWHOAH 3/13/2011 10:06PM

    good job with exercising on your rest day! Today was my CLX rest day but i plan on doing TF on all the second rest days. :)

Are you going to post pictures of the finished cupcakes?

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KAMAPERRY 3/13/2011 8:16PM

    What a good day!! Those cupcakes look great and I bet they smell awesome! Wish me luck, I am gonna try beginner Jillian in the morning.

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JOAN_HEO 3/13/2011 7:02PM

    Ooooooohhh, cupcakes!!! Yum!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/13/2011 1:26PM

    Oh I am coming over for a cupcake, those look great! Sounds likea great day! Great job on the workout! I LOVE Panda Express!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/13/2011 12:20PM

    I wish I liked broccoli. I wish I didn't like sexy cupcakes.
I hope you're having a lovely Sunday!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 3/13/2011 11:54AM

    Did you try the cupcakes? I'm curious how they turned out.

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KATRINAKRAUT 3/13/2011 9:51AM

    You are the baking queen!Have a good weekend!

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MISSMITSY 3/13/2011 8:15AM

    That omelette sounds yummy! You seem to be missing the point of the rest day though...

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/13/2011 7:41AM

    did they taste good?? glad you had a nice day :) :) :)

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SBATES63 3/13/2011 7:38AM

    I went for a walk with hubby and my dog after doing the housework. The rest of the day was for us. My son is up from college so I like to visit with him while he is hear. Not likely to exercise on Sunday but time to start Week 5 of the C25K on Monday. I am excited!

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JLITT62 3/13/2011 5:09AM

    Haven't tried that particular recipe, but all the others I've made from that cookbook have been yummy.

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/13/2011 3:55AM

    I am glad you had a good day

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/13/2011 1:10AM

    The cupcakes look really good. Have you tried them yet?

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CARIBBEANLOVER 3/13/2011 12:28AM

    I like the name of your cupcakes! I hope they taste good and they will look wonderful with the frosting on top!
55 minutes as a rest day? You go girl! I wanted an elliptical but we don't have room. (We seriously considered it)

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KNITTABLES 3/13/2011 12:28AM

    Muffins looks good, let us know how good they are. I love Indian food and I agree you always eat too much at one of them. Have a great night.

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C25K W4D3 & ChaLEAN Extreme Day 13

Friday, March 11, 2011

Yes, crazy Natalie got up at 2:30 and finished week 4 of C25K. Boy that felt great.
Work was okay. My coworker enjoyed her cookies :-), I climbed many stairs and did some dancing.
When I got home, it was Burn it off and Recharge. I felt a couple of the jumps in my cranky knee but never for more than one jump. Feels fine now.
I am very glad it's Friday. Maybe it's from getting up early all week. I don't know if I'll be able to swing it next week with the time change. I guess I'll find out.
Trying to decide what to have for dinner. I'm craving some protein. We always go out on Friday's, so it's just a matter of deciding on a place to go. We're having Mexican on Sunday with my brother for lunch, so we will not have Mexican tonight. Hmmm.
My husband should be home soon. Hopefully he knows where he wants to it.
Have a great Friday night and a wonderful weekend!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/14/2011 11:28AM

    I finished w4 Friday too! Got w5d1 done Sunday.

nice cupcakes on the other blog..

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KAMAPERRY 3/12/2011 9:11PM

    You rock!

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HALFFAST 3/12/2011 7:11PM

    2:30am?! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/12/2011 1:23PM

    Can you bottle up up some of your fab energy and send it my way? Better yet, mass produce it for sale. Guaranteed to make you rich!!!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/12/2011 1:07PM

    Sounds like a good day.

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VYVIENN 3/12/2011 12:39PM

    Oh boy, you're secretly producing your own energy somewhere, aren't you... good for you!! Have a fab weekend! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/12/2011 12:03PM

    I hope dinner was delicious! Have a great weekend too!

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MISSMITSY 3/12/2011 8:00AM

    Happy weekend! Hope you have a great one too!

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SBATES63 3/12/2011 6:43AM

    I am glad I am not the only person who gets up 3 hours early for work in order to work out! Hope you have a wonderful Saturday.

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JLITT62 3/12/2011 4:56AM

    I always figure there's 24 hours in a day no matter what the clock says, so I never really think we're gaining or losing time. But that's me!

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CARIBBEANLOVER 3/12/2011 12:46AM

    I hope you get some good sleep tomorrow since we have to loose an hour Sunday morning! You are such an inspiration getting up so early in the morning to get your workout in! I admire you!
Have a great weekend.

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CHERWHOAH 3/12/2011 12:43AM

    I'm kinda wondering how i'm going to hang with the time change too. I'm glad your coworker enjoyed the cookies you made!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 3/11/2011 10:30PM

    Enjoy dinner out, you've earned it!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 3/11/2011 10:07PM

    Whoo hoo on that workout! 2:30 am is early, but finishing week 4 is worth it. Great job. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 3/11/2011 9:50PM

    Enjoy your dinner and congrats on getting in a great workout in. Have a great weekend.

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THEHONESTME 3/11/2011 9:50PM

    Oh yeah, the time change will mean an adjustment period... ugh! But I AM looking forward to it being light out later -- maybe DH and I can start going for walks again instead of always going to the gym! Congrats on your workouts -- they sound amazing! Hope your dinner was a good one! We went out, too -- I ordered grilled shrimp skewers and passed on the baked potato, asked them to make my side salad a little larger instead. Yummy!

Have a good weekend, Nat!

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APIRLRAIN888 3/11/2011 9:09PM

    thought it was austrian food, it all protien, one of the tour guide mention just that!

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LEN_VERSION32 3/11/2011 8:35PM

    Have a great weekend!

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