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Can I Keep on Track? Working on it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I got up at 6:00 this morning and then spent most of the day at school prepping my classroom and getting materials organized. I have my stability ball chair at my 'desk' if you can call it that. My desk is a semi-circle table I use for teaching small groups of children in a quiet setting. I don't have a 'teacher desk' and don't want one. My stability ball chair has a name, Chairy... emoticon... original, I know, but cozy. Chairy is very comfortable for sitting, yet bouncy and active. When I stand up, I just about launch out of it. I think I am really going to enjoy having Chairy in my classroom.

I wrote and sent off all of my letters welcoming the children back to school and into my class. Sitting at my 'desk' writing their letters and preparing materials helps get my focus around the new school year.

I got out all of the ukuleles and tuned each one. They will need several tunings before they will hold their tuning so they need only adjustments, not major tuning.

They look so cheerful!

I will ask if any parents want to adopt the job of restringing and doing the preliminary tuning of the guitars. I believe there will be a couple of parents who will enjoy doing that and it will free up more of my prep time.

I brought Stella to work with me today, all decked out in her 'back to school' bandana.

She was so happy to be able to hang out in the classroom with me. It was her nursery, as a puppy. She had her little X-Pen in the classroom and children took turns sitting in there with her while they worked on their classwork. I am certain that Stella remembers her first year in the classroom.

This evening, I went to Zumba after dinner. What fun that is!!! I had wanted to try it before, but when my hip and back were in such pain and in need of healing, the chiropractor, the physical therapist, and my D.O. all said to avoid it. Now that I have recuperated, I can shake and shimmy with the best of them. It is quite a workout, but the time goes quickly with lively music and dance. Love it!

All in all, it was a good day. I am trying on being back at work and staying in the groove of getting the exercise I need. It would be a shame to launch back into the school year and lose the momentum I have gained over the summer. I hope that structuring my days in this way will help transition back and keep my exercise schedule in tact.

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MEOWMAMA3 8/17/2011 7:15PM

    You blog is just bursting with the joy of a new school year! Enthusiastic, new beginnings, optimism! Stella looks adorable in her school uniform and I can just picture you and "Chairy"!

Glad you are enjoying Zumba. I bought the dvd set last week and am working on learning the steps that my knee can handle and huffing and puffing along to the beginning of the Cardio Party until my legs are give out....then continuing with the upper body from a chair. I've been trying to clear a space in the basement for exercising (inspired by your special space organization!), but it's slow work with all the dust I've raised and still a little too hot down there to exercise anyway. Every day I go down and rearrange, clean or clear out something until I start to wheeze.... the floor is finally emerging! I also bought a big screen laptop to bring down there for the dvds.

The plan is to go straight downstairs when I come in from the shop everyday, grab my water bottle, usually at 6pm, change out of my uniform and into workout gear and exercise to Richard or Zumba until 7pm . If I can make this consistent maybe this time next year I'll be ready to shake with real people! I LOVE the music and only the salsa steps and pace seem too tricky. (And forget that Quebredita jumping...) The super fast beats mess me up. My little plan is also a sneaky way to keep the laundry caught up and also avoid the morning kitty littler scoopage! Multitasking!

I found out today that I'm back in 5th grade with last year's partner...the more enthusiastic of the 2...and was given the option for self-contained or cycling with her. We talked today and decided on cycling, I get Literacy and Social Studies and she's got Math and Science. I HATE teaching Science because we never have materials and the curriculum is dismally boring. On the other hand, I LOVE Social Studies. With only 2 classes there won't be that much movement back and forth. I was really looking forward to 4th, but, c'est la vie.

As Beto sez "no worries". "ZZZUUUUMMMMMBAAAAAAAAAA! " (I'm still at "ZZZZ.." but should be at "ZZZUUUU...." real soon! LOL!

Here's to keeping the "ZUM" in our "ZUMBA"!
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TRULYVISIBLE 8/17/2011 3:01PM

  I like the story of Stella in her pen as a puppy and children taking turns with her in there. Good memories for both Stella and the kids.

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IUHRYTR 8/17/2011 12:01AM

    We emoticon Stella and admire your creativity and dedication. Hoping you have a pleasant and inspired school year. emoticon -- Lou

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NANHBH 8/16/2011 11:45PM

    Those are some lucky kids who get you as their teacher! Happy back-to-school!
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DELAPIS 8/16/2011 11:16PM

    Looks like you're all ready for the year! Stella looks beautiful in her back to school bandana. Where did you get all the colorful ukes? I have a Harmony uke from my childhood that I used to play. I also have a tenor guitar.

I look forward to reading your blogs.

Dee and Zoey

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MARY1313 8/16/2011 9:44PM

    You go girl! I got a mental image of you shaking and shimmying!!!!

Love that Stella!


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Wedding Party and Singing

Sunday, August 14, 2011

We had a FANTASTIC time at my best friend's wedding party. We pulled our camper up so we could stay the night and help out with cleaning up the aftermath without being actual house guests and adding to the work.

My friend will be moving 2 hours away to this beautiful home built in the 1800's located on 70 acres of land that her new husband has lovingly landscaped and gardened. It makes me feel all melty inside to see how happy they both are - I am so happy that they found each other!

This picture shows her new home, some of the spread, and where we camped for the night. Can you see our Durango and camper way back by the barn on the other side of the tree? The weather was picture perfect for the party, and then we had three booming thunderstorms over night. As long as there is no high wind, I love sleeping in the camper through a thunderstorm.

Remember when I posted that I was nervous about singing at the wedding party? Well, I focused on not being nervous and it was a wonderful performance. Everyone loved it, and I had a lot of fun. Believe it or not, Mike hasn't heard us sing before, so he was surprised. He took this photo with his phone. I forgot to give him my camera.

Mike, on the other hand, loves to perform. He had fun serenading the bride's 92 year old mother, and she was smitten.

I HAD to take this photo this morning. It looked like all of the flowers had a bit too much bourbon after the party and got hung over.

A great time was had by all. Here's to a wonderful life for the happy couple!

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MEOWMAMA3 8/17/2011 7:24PM

    Mazel tov! The table pic and comments are a hoot!

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NANHBH 8/16/2011 4:37PM

    Sweet! How'd they meet?

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ALLEGROVIVO 8/15/2011 6:49PM

    I think ANYWHERE that you are is lovely and your blogs continue to be wonderful!
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MARY1313 8/15/2011 10:08AM

    Awwww I knew you would love it! Great pictures. I love that Mike serenaded the 92 year old LOL!!!!

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics. what a beautiful home!!!


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MCGS62 8/15/2011 8:39AM

    Good job I knew it would go well!!!

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    I love the house. It should have nice to memories to add to it's history.

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DELAPIS 8/15/2011 12:09AM

    I just knew it was going to be a GREAT event and that you were going to sing beautifully!

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IUHRYTR 8/14/2011 9:23PM

    It must have been satisfying to be able to offer such personal contributions to your friend's wedding and to help in so special a way to create lifetime memories for them. emoticon -- Lou

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WHENDERFUL 8/14/2011 7:17PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time....and it sounds like the two of you are lucky to have each other for best friends....a lot of love in that post!

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    LOVELY!!! Thank you for sharing it! Too bad you didn't have a video blog made of your singing! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/14/2011 6:13PM

    What a wonderful time!!

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My Day Went Swimmingly, and Some Cute Kitty Pics ~

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I scheduled a meeting with prospective parents for early this morning so I would have time to get to my water aerobics class. The one I love is in the mornings, so I will only be able to attend a couple more before the school year begins.

I got there early and worked on setting my classroom back up. It is beginning to look so bright and cheerful, even without the bulletin boards up and the wonderful personalization the children do with their study carrels. I brought in my stability ball chair to check out how it will feel at the table where I teach small groups of children. I LOVE it! And I don't think the children will be able to stay away from it. I'll have to plan in some special times when a child may use it.

The parents arrived right on time, but had a lot of questions. Great! I love a lot of questions; it helps me focus on the things that are important for them to learn about my class and our school. The thing is, they stayed longer than I had planned, so I did not have enough time to get to my aerobics class in a timely manner. I decided that late was better than not at all. Fortunately, I had my suit on under my clothes, so once I got to the Y, I just shed my clothes, showered, and jumped in the pool.


The class was all wrong. It was not the same teacher (or participants) and it was very slow moving. Since I was already wet and in the water, I said, "Sorry, I thought this was June's class" Well, I had it written wrong on my calendar, June's class is an hour later.

So I had a fabulous water aerobics day today! I stayed the rest of the class, which was water aerobics for arthritis (fine, I have plenty of that, so not really inappropriate to be there) and then stayed on for June's class. I want to soak up as much of June as I can before heading back to work. If I ever feel like age is slowing me down, I'll just imagine spritely, beautiful, energetic, 86 year old June and get over myself. After June's class, I stayed for lap swimming. So I had:

emoticon 45 minutes of water aerobic for arthritis

emoticon 60 minutes of vigorous water aerobics with strength training

emoticon 20 minutes of lap swimming.

I've been eating well, too. Tonight for dinner: fresh tuna steaks marinated in lime juice and served with cilantro, an ear of fresh corn, and a cucumber/onion salad. Then off to a school board meeting.

Just for fun, a couple of kitty picks:

Vash, the stinker, likes to sleep in the fairy house. I had to take everything out of it because Luna, the stinker, likes to decapitate the fairies and run off with their accessories.

Vash also thinks he owns my guitar case and protests loudly when I insist that it is mine and my guitar belongs in there, not him.

Luna prefers to be naughty when I'm not looking so she can look like she's the little angel and everything bad must have been done by Vash - or Stella. Little Miss Innocent.

Hmmm - I think not!

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PAPERCLIPSUE 8/21/2011 10:14PM

    I enjoyed your blog.

My mother-in-law used to teach water aerobics. I'm sure she had a few "drop-ins". LOL

Sounds like you keep busy. When I was teaching the last thing I wanted to do was get up early and go somewhere else to exercise! I miss those days of preparing for the new year.

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MEOWMAMA3 8/17/2011 7:21PM

    I can't even begin to imagine swimming before school.....I'm amazed at you!
The kitties are so cute! That Vash must be related to my Sparky....he is SOOO BAD! but absolutely adorable and gets over every time. Decapitation of fairies sounds like something he commandeered....You sure that's your cat?????

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CITYZOZO 8/13/2011 2:04PM

    so fun

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MARY1313 8/11/2011 4:33PM

    Wow great workouts! you will be loose as a goose tonight after dinner!

Love the kitties!!


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OLDERDANDRT 8/11/2011 2:54PM

    Remember Disney's "Aristocats"? The Siamese were always getting into trouble but blaming others, and quite successfully most of the time! emoticon
Sounds like you're just about ready for the kiddies to start back to school!! I hope my Grandshildren have as good of teachers ( and dedicated) as you! My elder DGD will be in first grade this year and the younger is only going to be 2 on Saturday! (Have a little repreive with her!)
Great getting all that exercise, gilrfriend! I think water workouts are the best! I miss them.
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MCGS62 8/11/2011 8:56AM


I thoght it would become a multi purpose fairy house.

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SUNRIZING 8/11/2011 12:36AM

    your cats are soooo cute!!! i love them! And you can tell they realy have their own personalities!
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IUHRYTR 8/10/2011 11:27PM

    Such cuties. And what a busy day you had. Good going staying with the first water aerobics class. Great determination. -- Lou

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2011 10:27PM

    What a fun blog! You do seem totally refreshed and reinvigorated from your break. And: love those kitty pics!!

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BADASSBLONDIE 8/10/2011 7:39PM

    Love all of this! Especially the kitty pictures!!!!!!! My cats are equally naught LOL.

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LMB-ESQ 8/10/2011 6:22PM

    LOL... your cats are so funny! And Luna looks exactly the type to decapitate a fairy too...

My, you sure are rocking that pool time... And I thought I was doing good with an hour at a time!

Good luck getting your school year started... may it be a great one!

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ETWOLIE 8/10/2011 5:56PM

    What a great workout you ended up having, great for you!

Your students are so lucky to have such a caring and thoughtful teacher. I wish they were all like you.

I've been thinking about getting a stability-ball chair, I'm just not sure I could roll away from my desk fast enough for all of the getting up and down that goes on at work. I think they're great though.

Loved the kitty pics. Sorry you had to empty out the fairy house.

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PENNYAN45 8/10/2011 5:44PM

    It sounds like a great day...
First, a positive beginning to the school year, with a cheerful classroom
and involved parents.
Then, LOTS of water exercises that sound inviting! (I might join something local for that myself.)
And your kitties are so cute....

Have fun!

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JENN03275 8/10/2011 5:25PM

    Wonderful workouts today and adorable cats!!

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JAZZMINE 8/10/2011 5:22PM

    Wow! Sounds like you had a great day! Love the kitty pics!


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    Oh, I SO love your cats and their poses and your narration! Thank you so much for the big smile you gave me! emoticon

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Singing Gig

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

My best friend (and singing partner) got married in March, but it was a tiny ceremony with her and her husband at the courthouse. They are having their party for family and friends this coming weekend, and she wants us to sing. I'm a bit nervous ~ I love to sing with my friends, but performing in public is a bit intimidating to me. It will be all about fun, so it should be just that.

What's the worse that can happen? I can make mistakes? Well, I make them all of the time, so at least it will be nothing new. emoticon

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PAPERCLIPSUE 8/21/2011 10:03PM

    Well, I am sure the singing gig is way past. How did it go? I sing in a praise band and quartet. The more you sing in public the easier it gets. (Although I don't do solos--way too scary!


Congratulations for a job well-done I'm sure

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IMEATINGWELL 8/13/2011 3:19PM

    Probably by now, you're done with the singing, and did great! Maybe it helps to focus on who you're doing it for, rather than on your own fears and worries. What a great gift for a friend~

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INSH8P 8/12/2011 11:07PM

    It's great that you have this opportunity, among friends. Enjoy!

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MCGS62 8/11/2011 8:53AM

    I'm sure you will do fine. If you are nervous carry the music with you or an object that is relevant to the lyrics -- it will act as a security blanket..

my guitar is nothing more than a big teddy bear that I can get away with hugging in public.

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BADASSBLONDIE 8/10/2011 5:26PM

    You are gonna ROCK it!!!! :D

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SOON2BEFITSLP 8/10/2011 1:41PM

    You can do it! Don't be nervous about the crowd! If you are enjoying the music and being with friends on a special day then it will all be worth while! Have fun!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/10/2011 11:29AM

    You'll do just fine!!! WHen you think about it, everyday you are in front of a classroom, even if not singing, you are in front of an audience, so.......there you go!! You are more praticed than most!! It'll be great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Chris, you're going to do emoticon!!! I can't wait to hear how it all went down! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 8/10/2011 7:58AM

    Wow Chris... you rock! You sing too???? That sounds like fun! Although the "in public" part would make me nervous too. Good luck and have a great time!

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DOR2BFIT 8/10/2011 7:50AM

    Have fun, maybe if you like it you will find new possibilities in your future! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2011 7:32AM

    What's the best that can happen? Your friends have chosen you to help them celebrate this very important milestone in their lives: oh yeah, that's already happened!!

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    No worries, you'll be great! You can practice by singing to Stella -- she'd love it! Dogs & cats love music.

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IUHRYTR 8/10/2011 3:09AM

    Sounds like fun. I'm sure you will wow everyone there. -- Lou

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APLUSGURL 8/10/2011 1:30AM

    You will do great and have so much fun! i love to sing.I was asked to sing at my friends wedding and had a cold. I did not sing and now I wish that I would have. emoticon

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MARY1313 8/10/2011 1:16AM

    You will have a great time I just know it! Besides, I've heard you sign and I like it!


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DELAPIS 8/10/2011 1:07AM

    Just enjoy yourself. She wouldn't ask you to sing if she didn't think you had a beautiful voice! I know you'll have a GREAT time!!

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SUNRIZING 8/10/2011 12:43AM

    Its true every1 makes mistakes- your mistake is being too hard on yourself
Relax and have fun~ its a wedding! emoticon

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I Don't Wanna!!!!!!!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Do you think I WANT to go to Body Pump? Usually the thought of barbells is daunting before i go. I know I'm in for an hour of grueling work, profuse sweating, muscle burn, and REALLY loud music.

I resist the idea of going, I want to procrastinate, to slack off.

But ~

I know that the time will actually pass quickly, I'll have fun once I get there, and I'll feel great when I'm done. Plus, I can see the positive effects weight lifting is having on my entire body. I think the latter is the most motivating to get over myself and get to the gym.

Do cute workout clothes help?

I feel a little shallow admitting it, but yes, they do. Putting on cute workout clothes helps put me in the mood.

Some days, I really, really have to drag myself kicking and screaming to the gym. And every time, I am so glad I did.

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MEOWMAMA3 8/17/2011 7:22PM

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IUHRYTR 8/10/2011 3:11AM

    Interesting how good an endorphin high can make us feel, isn't it? emoticon -- Lou

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MARY1313 8/10/2011 1:15AM

    Yep cute clothes do the trick for me too! I always don't wanna. but after I do, I feel good about myself and about everything that day! You go teacher girl!!!


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B2B2BA 8/9/2011 9:47PM

    It's funny how something we resist so much before feels so good after.

The class sounds awesome! Yay for more muscle!!!

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    THIS blog got me to get my butt out of bed this morning and go for a run. THANK YOU!!!!!

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NANHBH 8/9/2011 12:43AM

    Oh, yeah, Nancy. New workout clothes - definitely help you get a better workout!

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KLASSIE 8/8/2011 10:19PM

    Great blog. Glad you like weight training. Good luck on your journey.

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BILLTMAN 8/8/2011 7:58PM

    I know what you mean by kicking and screaming. Some days I have to force myself to do my cardio and strength training but I'm always happy I did when it's all over. Oh, and I just love my cute new outfit too.


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DOR2BFIT 8/8/2011 7:27PM

    Good for you, going anyway! Now I better get myself in gear (and some cute workout clothes!) emoticon

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THEWINNER33 8/8/2011 7:27PM

    Liv your workout outfit. Keep pumping. Hugs, Marcia

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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2011 6:41PM

    Very cute!! And yeah, of course it helps!! (I NEVER feel much like working out: all after-acquired motivation . . . )

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    I love that purple workout outfit! I don't usually care what I wear to work out in as long as it's comfortable, but I ought to care more! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 8/8/2011 6:00PM

    Yes, cute work out clothes help. And I never cared before either. But what REALLY helps is knowing how much better I look in those cute work out clothes than I did before I lost the weight!

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MCGS62 8/8/2011 4:25PM

    cute work out clothes do help ---- they are the main reason I want to go back to the gym.

and skimpy is better from my perspective !!
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