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Saturday, July 30, 2011

My allergies really started acting up on Thursday (and are still being a bother). I woke up with a sore throat on Friday...I hate that. My brain must have known it would happen because I forgot to set the alarm on Thursday night so I slept in until 3:30 on Friday. Needless to say, I did my workout in the afternoon.
I started CLX Lean Phase.
Lean Circuit 1
Single-Calf Raise, Bicep Curl - W 10 R 12 (will try 12.5 pounds next time)
Tricep Push-Ups - R 10 toes (side of chest felt sore so I didn't want to push it)
Split Lunge with Biceps - W 10 R 12 (will try 12.5 pounds next time)
Stationary Runner's Lunge, Double Triceps - W 10 R 12 (will try 12.5 pounds next time)
Bicep Curl with Hamstring Curl (right and left) - W 12.5 R 6 (then 4 reps w/10 pounds--use
10 pounds next time)
Plank with Single-Tricep Extension - W 10 R 10
Reverse Lung, Double-Arm Bicep Curl - W 10 R 12 barely
Supine Tricep - W 15 R 10
Sumo Squat Calf Raise with Bicep Curl - W 10 R 10
Boy, am I sore today.
This morning I did CLX Recharge (sort of yoga). It good to get some stretching in. I'm surprised I could do the downward dogs with my arms being as sore as they are.
Just a relaxed day today. Laundry and groceries. We walked over to Chavez for lunch today so I got in 2 miles.
Tomorrow there is another magic mile scheduled. I shall see if I can beat my 9:56.
I hope everybody is enjoying their weekend.

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JULESRULES78 8/1/2011 11:00AM

    Yeah for starting the Lean Phase!

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WONDERWOMAN 7/31/2011 7:59PM

    How did the MM go? I did my 9.25 today. Felt pretty good. Will try to write a short blog about it.

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KATRINAKRAUT 7/31/2011 12:34PM

    That sounds pretty hardcore.Ouch!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/31/2011 11:55AM

    I hope you are feeling better and that you beat you magic mile time! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/31/2011 4:44AM

    Sore throats are the pits. Can't tell when its worse having them in the cold winter or hot summer. Feel better.
Have a great Sunday! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/31/2011 2:36AM

    I hate when the allergies start up, yuck! I get all cranky about it. I hope you're able to fix that up soon.

Enjoy the magical mile! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/30/2011 11:36PM

    Good luck on the magic mile.
Stupid allergies! Glad you got to have a day of chilling.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 7/30/2011 11:20PM

    Awesome workout, sounds like a much needed rest for today. Good luck tomorrow.

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CARIBBEANLOVER 7/30/2011 10:32PM

    I think I will add ReCharge tomorrow. My arms are super sore....actually alot of me is sore! :)

Hope your allergies go away. I am fortunate not to have them but have been around people who have and it doesn't look fun.

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/30/2011 9:32PM

    you are crazy....sleeping in to 3:30.... Love ya!

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MARCHEM 7/30/2011 8:12PM

    Hope you get over the sore throat soon. I hate those.

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    The allergies are killer this year. I can sympathize with you...I finally gave in this morning and took Allegra-D. Hope you're feeling better now!!

Enjoy your relaxing day and the rest of the weekend!

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THEWINNER33 7/30/2011 6:31PM

    DH has allergies also but his haven't hit as yet. Fall is worse than Spring for him. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Marcia

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JLITT62 7/30/2011 6:19PM

    Good luck beating your time tomorrow! Relaxed days are good. Didn't do a whole lot today, but since Simba did throw uo several hrs ago can't say as it's been relaxed. A bit worried about tomorrow being Sunday, but we'll get thru it.

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LEN_VERSION32 7/30/2011 5:50PM

    Hope your allergies are not bothering you any more.

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KAMAPERRY 7/30/2011 5:32PM

    Hey, I did yoga today too! Hope you feel better, allergies suck. Sounds like a nice day for you, I however, am facing cleaning a dirty house. Enjoy your day! And good luck with the run! emoticon

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Tired Thursday

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yesterday I decided to take it easy and I just did some dancing. I had planned to walk with Leslie after I got back from the Chiropractor and actually started the 2 mile walk. About 10 minutes in, my husband came home so no more walking for me...time to make dinner. That's okay.
I definitely didn't get to bed early enough to be getting up at 2:30 this morning but I did get up anyway. I was a little slower than usual getting on the treadmill, though. Just before I started I heard a car screeching to a halt and a smash. I don't know where this accident happened but it was pretty close to home. I got in 3.2 miles...pretty good considering how tired I was. When I finished I noticed my husband was awake and making tea. The accident woke him up emoticon
My boss is back from his vacation today but he has a clinic at another VA hospital so he's not around. He did call me at 6:30 to ask me to bring his stethoscope and notebook to the front of the hospital so he could pick them up on his way. Yes, it's a good thing I come in to work so early :-)
I'm definitely going to do my best to head to bed early tonight. I need some sleep. My husband is going out for dinner with the model club guys so I can eat as early as I want.
Happy Thursday!!

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STRINGS58 7/29/2011 11:42AM

    I still can't fathom getting up to exercise at 2:30 am, though I was awake much of last night. I'm glad you pulled a rest day! You will get back to it, I have no doubt.
My daughter, sister and I went for pedicures yesterday -- my second ever. The foot massage was soooo worth it!!!!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 7/29/2011 10:03AM

    Hope you got some sleep last night. Sounds like a decent workout! Good job!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/29/2011 1:26AM

    I hope you dream of hplc machines that never break, if you dream at all. Nice job on the running and clx!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/29/2011 12:56AM

    I hope that you were able to catch up on your sleep. I get all cranky when I'm sleeping and with the heat whoa I'm not a happy camper.

How did things go with the Chiropractor? And your back?

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LEN_VERSION32 7/29/2011 12:14AM

    hope you get some rest!

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CHERWHOAH 7/28/2011 11:07PM

    happy Thursday to you too! i hope you get lots of rest tonight. Tomorrow is friday! WOOOHOO!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/28/2011 9:29PM

    I hope you get lots of great sleep tonight ;) I am headed to bed asap, too. Tomorrow I'm getting up at 5:30 am to do some elliptical and deadlifts .

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    Hope you have a nice relaxing evening and get lots of sleep tonight!! emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 7/28/2011 4:44PM

    Get your rest tonight! What's for dinner?

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TRILLIUM22 7/28/2011 3:53PM

    Car crashes sound scary. Hopefully no one was hurt.

Great job getting up early. I think your right that the secret is in getting to bed early too. So head to bed early tonight.

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JLITT62 7/28/2011 3:13PM

    I could definitely see how a car crash would wake you up!

Good job on getting the run in even while tired. Here's to a good night's sleep tonight.

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/28/2011 3:03PM

    do you go to bed at 6? oy vey. emoticon you make me tired just reading your blogs!

Hope you get some emoticon

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JULESRULES78 7/28/2011 2:44PM

    Who has ever heard of a doctor without a stethoscope! Good thing you were there to save the day! Good job getting your miles in even if you were tired. I was pretty lame today myself. Did less time on the treddy and could not pump out the leg presses I had planned. I think I over did it on the bike yesterday. Sleep rules! I wish you sweet dreams, and I hope you rise tomorrow refreshed and ready to rock. emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 7/28/2011 2:44PM

    Wow, so little sleep would have had me skipping the run, way to go. I hope the day goes fast for you, I hate being that tired. emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/28/2011 2:28PM

    OMG I can't believe you got your run in after little sleep. You are amazing!
and that crash sounds scary, hate when that happens.
Enjoy your schluff!

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Just Tuesday

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

For a change, I was able to get up this morning and do my run. 3.2 miles down.
My butt and hamstrings are really sore. Probably a combination of the run on Sunday along with Push yesterday. I'm thinking I'll do the elliptical tomorrow and hold off on Lean until Friday.
Work was okay. A little dancing, lots of walking up and down the stairs. The HPLC was leaking so I had to tighten things up. I'll see tomorrow if it decided to leak some more.
I made some hazelnut muffins for my husband to take for breakfast when I got home.

We had some lox and bagels for dinner tonight. It was nice to have something that didn't need any prep.

Have a good night and a wonderful Wednesday.

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STRINGS58 7/28/2011 9:49AM

    Hazelnut -- cool!!! I'll bet nutritious too. I like lox and bagel, but with tomato (a natural, but) I get uncomfortable about an hour later. Hope the rest of your week is great!

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MISSMITSY 7/28/2011 9:05AM

    Hazelnut muffins sound interesting, are they good?
Glad you've decided when to start your lean...

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KNITTABLES 7/27/2011 4:48PM

    My mouth is watering.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/27/2011 2:15PM

    ooooooooooh, my weakness. Lox and bagels.

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/27/2011 1:58PM

    emoticongetting the run in! Muffins look delice!

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HALFFAST 7/27/2011 1:15PM

    Those muffins look yummy! I tried out a new vegan muffin recipe the other day (Carob/Banana) but made it in a loaf pan instead - super moist and yummy!

PS. You don't really see this comment - I'm working ;)

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JULESRULES78 7/27/2011 9:38AM

    Good job getting the morning run in! The lox and muffins look scrumptious!

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REEKU731 7/27/2011 9:32AM

    Love that amazing looking food!! I might have to go pick up some salmon so I can make some lox & bagels! YUM! Definitely take it easy, enjoy the elliptical today and you're going to ROCK the next workout phase starting Friday! Can't wait to hear all about it! Happy Wednesday my friend!

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MRKTGCHICK 7/27/2011 9:05AM

    Mmmm. The muffins look good but the bagels and lox look amazing! Very colourful!

Good job getting up to do your run. Considering how early you get up usually, that's a feat in and of itself. (I'm more of a night time exerciser myself!)

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    YUM hazelnut muffins! Sounds like a nice & productive Tuesday :)

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FIREFLYBRIDE 7/27/2011 6:29AM

    Wow, that looks good!

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/27/2011 5:50AM

    Oh lox and bagels, what a great idea. Especially with the nine days coming up, I won't be able to eat my usual chicken and rice with salad for lunch.
I miss making my carrot mufs, will be so happy to find a place that has a decent oven.

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JLITT62 7/27/2011 5:21AM

    Oy vey! Now I'm corrupting a vegetarian thru you!

I haven't run in the mornings all summer long . . . I just have been waking up tired, don't know why (most days, anyway). Oddly enough, I wish i'd put out running clothes for this morning - despite being really tired, I know how good it would feel to run the stress off.

I'll get it in today, tho.

I'm sure your long run caused the soreness. They say ice baths are good for that - not sure I could bring myself to do it, tho!

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LARIESHA 7/27/2011 1:29AM

    Oh Muffins, How I am missing my sweets, but I know it will pass. Those look so good. Good job on the workout and being able to get up. Not I, I slept right through it. I did go tonight so, it was okay.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/27/2011 12:39AM

    The muffins look delish! I'm salivating.

Sometimes it's hard getting up early to workout, but that's when I like doing it too. A little quiet time to myself.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/27/2011 12:29AM

    I hope you are less sore tomorrow. Ahh, it has been ages since I had bagels and lox, which looks AMAZING. I might have to break with the vegetarian vegan experiment juuuust once this week and get my bagel /lox fix. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/26/2011 11:36PM

    A little dancing at work? Trying to guess what you do for a living. (smiling) Yummy pics, as usual.

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WONDERWOMAN 7/26/2011 10:52PM

    Amazing! You got up and did your exercise on a Tuesday morning. emoticon
Good idea to take a little break until Friday.

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LINDAGRAVEL 7/26/2011 10:48PM

    Sounds like you enjoyed today

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KAMAPERRY 7/26/2011 10:44PM

    Never had lox! What is it like? Sounds like you had a great day!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/26/2011 10:18PM

    The lox and bagels are beautiful! Sounds like a pretty good Tuesday!

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CLX Push Phase Done!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Normally I would say that I got up and did CLX but I was tired so I slept in.
The first day back at work was weird as it always is. I ended up using our other HPLC to run my samples. It was easier than taking apart the new fluorescence detector to get the lamp out and put it in the old one. I'll just order a new lamp but in the mean time at least my samples are running and I'll have data to look at tomorrow.
I did CLX when I got home. No weights over 20 pounds as promised.
Push Circuit 3
Sumo Squat - W 20 R 8
Single-Arm Row - W 20 R 8
Chest Fly - W 10 R 8
Bowler Lunge - W 20 R 8
Double-Arm Bent-Over Row - W 17.5 R 8
Bench Press - W 12.5 R 8
Single-Leg Sumo Squat - W 17.5 R 8
Reverse-Grip Bent-Over Row - W 17.5 R 8
Long-Arm Pullover - W 15 R 8
Now it's on to Lean phase. I'm deciding whether to start on Wednesday or Friday. On the calendar it has scheduled a cardio workout after Push 3 (that would be my run tomorrow) then a rest day then another cardio workout (run on Thursday) then another rest day. I don't want to start on Saturday because I like a rest (yoga) day before my long run. Hmmm. I guess I'll decide on Wednesday.
For dinner tonight I made chicken chili in the slow cooker (2 cans of beans, 1 lb chicken breast, 2 cans fire roasted tomatoes, 1 onion chopped, 1 bell pepper chopped, cumin, coriander, cayenne, garlic to taste). I also made some corn muffins using a Spark recipe:

A very tasty and satisfying dinner.
Have a great night!

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JULESRULES78 7/27/2011 9:41AM

    Way to go completing the push phase! Yeah! The chili looks delicious and sounds simple. I'm have to give it a try.

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WONDERWOMAN 7/26/2011 3:38PM

    Dinner looks very yummy! Great workout. YOu are really sticking to your plan(s) - Yay Nat! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/26/2011 1:07PM

    emoticonjob on the work out!! dinner looks good! Your stuff always does emoticon

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REEKU731 7/26/2011 9:44AM

    Nice job on the workout and the food!!! It looks fabulous!!! I think I'm going to have to make some of that chili! It looks super yummy!! Hope you're having a good day today! Mondays are always hard for me too!


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MISSMITSY 7/26/2011 9:41AM

    Chicken chili yum! That looks really good... Way to go working your way to a new phase on CLX, you're such an inspiration getting through it after all your setbacks!

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REDEMILY 7/26/2011 8:33AM

    Way to go finishing that phase of your plan! I don't know too too much about CLX, outside of the fact that it is supposed to be tough, so hooray for you!

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    Way to go on finishing Push! Good luck with Lean!! I just can't seem to get through Burn :( maybe one of these days lol. Dinner looks yummy.

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JLITT62 7/26/2011 5:09AM

    So what is the difference between the phases?

Yesterday would've actually been cool enough for chili here, but it's going to warm up again!

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/26/2011 3:38AM

    I think I am going to have to invest in a slow cooker. Your dinners always look so yummy and inviting. I have also been thinking about a blender for yogurt/fruit smoothies. I get so lazy at night after a long day of work and gym.

I guess your back is feeling good. Glad your 1st day back went well!

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VYVIENN 7/26/2011 1:11AM

    It's been so chilly here that slowcooker recipes sound very appealing right now... and that chili looks yummy!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/26/2011 1:04AM

    Oh yum! That looks so good. It's so good that I'm thinking of pulling out the slow cooker tomorrow.

Good luck with your next phase, I know you'll rock it!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/26/2011 12:25AM

    that looks yummy as usual! thanks for posting the recipe!

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LARIESHA 7/26/2011 12:21AM

    Awesome job on the workout. I may borrow the recipe for the chicken chili, that looks so good.

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LEN_VERSION32 7/25/2011 11:52PM

    Great job on your final push routine!!

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KAMAPERRY 7/25/2011 10:39PM

    That looks wonderful, I saved the cornbread recipe to my cookbook! Good job at work with the samples too, your work sounds very exacting. Rockin' workout as always!

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CHERWHOAH 7/25/2011 10:37PM

    You've got some mad crazy lower body strength there! Congrats on completing the Push Phase!

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8 Mile

Sunday, July 24, 2011

...cue Eninem ;-)
Today we did our 8 mile long run. Actually we ended up going 8.89 miles total with the warm up and cool down and running past the homeless encampment. I started to feel it in my right shin toward the end but otherwise it felt great! Now, I'm a little sore but that is to be expected. Some may be from the yoga yesterday.
We did have a nice time at lunch today. I admit I did not keep it to one plate at the buffet, but only got a tiny bit more on the second plate. The chili chicken was just too yummy and I only took a tiny bit the first time around.
I got the makings for some chicken chili in the slow cooker insert. I'll just have to take it out of the fridge in the morning and get it going. I love when dinner can be prepped well in advance.
Not really looking forward to work tomorrow but the HPLC does need to get fixed and nobody else can do it.
Have a great night and a fabulous week!!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/25/2011 10:00PM

    8.89 miles awwhh YEAH! That is so awesome! Delicious buffets are not one plate affairs. I had some vegetarian (nope, not vegan) curry delivered to me from my favorite Indian buffet. I can't go to that buffet an only have one plate. It just would not happen.

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/25/2011 2:49PM

    emoticon so cool you did well on your 8 miler!!! I lost a whole week of running due to that heat wave or thunderstorms. I decided that I'll run 3 times this week, then run my 8 miler on Monday and just go with it instead of redoing the week I missed.

all the pic's in your prior blogs were great! Glad you are back! emoticon

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REDEMILY 7/25/2011 2:31PM

    8 miles... I need to get there myself. here's to trying soon!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/25/2011 2:25PM

    Congrats on the 8 mile run! You are a running inspiration!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 7/25/2011 10:10AM

    Wow great job on the run!! emoticon emoticon I think you earned a little extra chili chicken. I love slow cooker chili - especially in the winter.

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YAMINOKODOMO 7/25/2011 10:06AM

    His palms are sweaty
knees weak, arms are heavey
theres vomit on his sweater already
moms spaghetti hes nervous!
But on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs but he keeps on forgetting
what he wrote the whole crow oh so loud
he opens his mouth but the words wont come out
Hes choking now
everyone is jokin now.... *ahem* Oh um sorry...

8 mile run thats awesome! You go girl! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/25/2011 5:21AM

    May the awesome training continue well and easily till your HM.

When I read about your (tiny) seconds, I sang to myself - Nat went back for seconds, lalalalalalah... emoticon

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JLITT62 7/25/2011 4:59AM

    Great job! Yup, it can be real comforting knowing that dinner is taken care of.

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VYVIENN 7/25/2011 1:47AM

    That is just amazing!! As Tony the Tiger would say: grrrrrrrrreat!!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/25/2011 12:56AM

    Congrats on the run, AMAZING!!! Work it girl!

I so love it when you can get dinner done early and all you have to do is to the slow cooker on.

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CHERWHOAH 7/24/2011 11:26PM

    you're doing great with the running! i've been slacking. I totally thought of the eminem song when i saw the title of your blog entry! hahah

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KAMAPERRY 7/24/2011 10:55PM

    8 MILES????!!!?? OMG!! How incredible!!! I would say you earned that extra bit of food!! You rock!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/24/2011 10:45PM

    sounds like a great run! and great meal too.
i actually ran tonight. raced a bunch of 6 year olds at church. i won. haha. i was wearing my crocs sandles. i'll probably pay for it tomorrow, but it was fun.

well, as much fun as it will be to go to work tomorrow, dont let the boss know! it is nice to be needed though, huh.

Have a GREAT week! emoticon

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ROBYN168 7/24/2011 10:07PM

    Way to rock those miles!!!!! 8.89 is AMAZING! Way to go. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/24/2011 8:56PM

    That movie was messed up! But what a nice way to end your vacay.
I've been thinking about checking out some crock pot action, but I have to get my own because the one we have is my sister's man's, and he doesn't want anything healthy going into it;)
Well I hope work isn't too dreadful. Maybe dancing will help you and the HPLC.

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LARIESHA 7/24/2011 8:51PM

    8.89 miles that is awesome. You go girl!. The soreness can be from either one, the running and the yoga. You have a right to be sore after all that. Ooh Chicken Chili sounds so good right now.

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LINDAGRAVEL 7/24/2011 8:44PM

    emoticonHave a wonderful week my friend.

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