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Monday, January 18, 2010

Today I didn't make great food choices and had limited exercise.

Today Ray was scheduled for a Colonoscopy and we were out quite a bit longer than anticipated - hence the less than optimum food choices and limited exercise.

Ray is in great condition! That is what is important!!

Everything else can wait until tomorrow!

Oh yeah! Why the title of this blog?! Well, I heard from yet another member about my video problem and her suggestion was to download the free RealPlayer and let it download the Spark Videos to my computer - then play them whenever I want to! Works like a charm!!

I just hit the pause button before the video starts and then run the cursor around just a bit and a box pops up asking if you want to download. I said yes and the average download was 16mb. From what I have learned, these videos when "streaming" really play havoc with satellite internet limits. With luck, this will be my solution! And once downloaded - I will have them on my computer *forever*


**edit: RealPlayer works great!

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    So glad to hear Ray's in good condition!

I have unlimited internet (I thought everyone did!) but appreciate learning alot from you about this technical stuff.

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SHUCG1004 1/19/2010 2:41PM

    That's ok as far as the food choices and ltd exercise. Life isn't perfect and neither are we. If I know you, you'll be bouncing back in no time. Glad your DH is alright! And thanks for the tip about the RealPlayer. I'll have to dl that when I get home and am on my personal lappy!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/19/2010 12:36PM

    So pleased that Ray is OK. Food and activity choices for one day won't make much difference given your usual dedication and commitment to healthy living. Glad that you're finding solutions to the technical problems.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/19/2010 7:37AM

    That's great news, Linda! I'm so glad Ray's colonoscopy turned out well! And I'm delighted to hear you've found a solution for the problem you were having with videos. There are so many of them on the web now that I couldn't do without a way to view them...and I'm glad you found one, too :) Enjoy! - Susan

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MSLZZY 1/19/2010 7:20AM

    emoticon Good for you! Isn't technology great?

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CATHEITE 1/18/2010 11:52PM

    What a great solution! So glad it's working for you. And, of course, I'm happy that Ray is a-ok. One day cannot throw someone as strong and dedicated as you off track.

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KNITTABLES 1/18/2010 9:30PM

    I am doing the same, downloading them to realplayer and then my BF is going to burn them for me so I can play them on my DVD player, the screen is bigger. So glad you found the solution.

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GRALLEN 1/18/2010 9:13PM

    Glad you found a solution.

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SMB19191405 1/18/2010 9:01PM

    Glad everything is good. You can make good food choices the rest of the week. What you did today was more important.

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EMMABE1 1/18/2010 8:48PM

    I'm glad Ray is OK - as you say - first things first - the rest can wait!!
Thank you for details on the download process - it works on U Tube videos too!!

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STEELERFAN71 1/18/2010 8:34PM

    That is a great idea for getting the videos. Also, I agree with you on tomorrow. If someone you love got a clean bill on their colonoscopy, that is great and everything CAN wait until tomorrow.

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WATERMELLEN 1/18/2010 8:33PM

    Colonoscopy: not a lot of fun -- so I'm glad everything is okay and as you say, other stuff can wait!!

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Really not worth the extra pain.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I just got through reading LASHERTHECAT's daily blog and I must concur with her - the BootCamp is just not worth the extra pain in my legs.

I found that my leg pains were getting much worse after almost 2 weeks of BootCamp. I missed Thurs and Friday due to my dad having complications and today because I know Saturday's workout is just too painful for me. Today I did notice that just missing a couple of days has lessened the pain in my legs; I do still have stiffness but that is normal.

I applaud Coach_Nicole for her flexibility but until *something* gives, I cannot even sit back on my feet (kneeling on floor) - my butt just will not touch my feet! So something has been hurt and it will take time to loosen it up again.

I do understand the need for harder videos for those in better shape than me - but it would be nice if they had simple videos for us beginners in addition to the harder ones for those more toned and in condition. Alas, I will just go back to the Strength Training I had been using rather successfully and I will continue using my Stability Ball and the videos I am able to do.

**edit: The flip-side to this is my internet is back down to 70% today! It would seem that the videos are quite a bit larger than I would have thought - so by not doing the boot-camp videos, I am also saving my internet connection!
I mentioned U-Tube to my sister who is also on satellite internet and she told me the downloads are a lot bigger than anyone would think. Hmmm.

I believe I am going to stick with my DVDs - I do have one for the balance ball and I think all the exercises in the bootcamp are also listed individually in the ST exercises. So all I need is a written run-down of what to do!

Someone was blogging this - if anyone reading my blog knows who it is, please comment and share the persons ID.

**edited: I just received a reply to my request and days 2-7 are posted at the BootCamp forum here:

Day One is done with a 'mark' on the floor and you spend the time hopping & jumping over the line in various ways.
I was unable to do that amount of hopping & jumping though.

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BMARYGIRL 1/19/2010 10:29AM

  I checked out the videos that went with the boot camp and knew they were not meant for me, with significant weight and age....way to much jumping.

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CATHEITE 1/18/2010 11:59PM

    How smart you are to have a backup fitness plan. Enjoy your dvds and stability ball!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/18/2010 3:09PM

    I never started boot camp because I did not need any more work outs to do between my running training, my Personal Trainer, and my elliptical training I think I am covered. I have heard from a lot of people that they are too hard.

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GRALLEN 1/17/2010 6:22PM

    I'm on the verge of quitting the boot camp. I don't do them on the weekends (forget to do them) and I don't think they are doing any better than the exercises I'm already doing. I walk with Leslie then do bicycle crunches, some modified push ups and 20 to 30 minutes on the stat bike everyday plus the exercises I do from my Quick Fire team. So I feel like I'm getting a lot of exercise done. Some of this will go away once I start a job; I'll probably do 3o to 45 minutes of exercise and do the crunches & pushups during commercials in the evening. Aw but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2010 1:29PM

    I haven't done a boot camp either -- I'd rather trust my own sense of what to do and the pace at which to do it.

Your self-discipline is awesome and you can trust yourself to listen to your body and get back to a more vigorous programme when you are really able to do it . . .

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WALKINGANNIE 1/17/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this Linda. I suppose we all have to remember that the SP community is so diverse that there is no one-size-fits-all exercise programme. You've done very well to do what you have done. I know that I couldn't have got so far. One of my friends who is fairly new to SP (BAGGYPANTS5) was also suggesting having some exercises that were less demanding - and demonstrated by people who are not quite so young and fit looking!

Boot Camp is obviously great for some people. I suppose it's like everything else on SP and we have to pick and mix from the resources.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Hope your Dad's doing a bit better and that you are able to slot back into exercise that suits you better.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/17/2010 11:43AM

    I gave up on bootcamp quite early, when I discovered that my "touch of arthritis" in my hips couldn't tolerate even the first video. Over the past ten years my body and I have come to an uneasy truce over what I want it to do and what it can do. I used to be able to run, pump iron, and even got a black belt in taekwondo, but now I've acccommodated to 3 miles of walking a day, a brief pilates routine to keep my joints loose, pushups, and weight training. Works for me!

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MRS.DOYLE 1/17/2010 5:19AM

    In my Pilates class we call sitting back on the heels "the child pose". I keep telling my tutor I couldn't do it when I was a child. I can't do it now either. This is my first Bootcamp and, although I agree with all the comments here, I'm sticking with it because I can see some good results.

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/16/2010 11:55PM


I am glad to see you are still around. I guess you didn't lose your internet after all!!!

I've signed up for three boot camps but not really followed through on any of them. I think I agree with you; maybe they are just geared for younger people. To each his/her own.

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BARNABABY1 1/16/2010 10:45PM

    Good for you! Just keep on doing something and you'll do okay. I know I have a hard time with almost half the days and aren't actually doing the exact thing she is but I do manage a few of the days...guess it's hard to take such a diverse group and have it fit everyone. But you are doing wonderfully so keep up what is working for you!
Mary Ann emoticon

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/16/2010 10:25PM

    I hope your dad's doing better. He's got a wonderful daughter, I know!

Our genes are probably the biggest determinant in the amount of flexibility we have. I inherited mine from my mother, which I found out some years ago when we were on the floor, doing exercises :) It has little to do with fitness level and all with those genes 'n' chromosomes. You're doing an excellent job of listening to your body, which is of prime importance emoticon emoticon - Susan

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/16/2010 8:09PM

    i thought i was the only one who could not make there butt touch there feet. sorry your with me. if i learned anything in my life it is not to overdue do only what you can that does not hurt.slow is the way to go. emoticon

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LOPEYP 1/16/2010 7:25PM

    Funny I felt like some of the bootcamp workouts were very easy and others very difficult - must be my strengths and weaknesses. You are smart to do what works for you and I think that they should have workouts rated for fitness levels like workout DVDs have.
I bailed out of the bootcamp and went back to my regular workouts. emoticon

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EMILYBEMENT 1/16/2010 7:25PM

    I think you are wise, our bodies tell us when something is wrong and who better to know than yourself.
I have tried jogging a few times and my knees and back can not take it so I will try again once I have dropped more weight. Sometimes we just can't do things. not because of lack just because of our bodies. I admire people who try and someone like you that is so active and doing better than most.
Blessings, Em

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MSLZZY 1/16/2010 7:06PM

    Part of the reason I have not started a boot camp is I feel I'm getting the activity I need and can handle. I have been tempted but after reading your blog and knowing the shape my knees are in now, I just stick with what works.
But you gave it a try and should be applauded for your effort.

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ANNIEONLI 1/16/2010 6:57PM

    You are the 6th person I've read that has complained about the bootcamps level of difficulty. I've never done any...I'm not really a video person either...I agree with not being able to do something while trying to watch a tv at the same time if your head is supposed to be in between your legs and your elbows reaching up to the sky all while balanceing on a thimble....I'm exaggerating, but it's just not for me.

Maybe it should be brought up the the couches...different levels of exercise of bootcamps, although they may just come back and say that you are only supposed to do up to your own speed. Unfortunately, most people do not do that and will kill themselves in order to be exactly like the person on the video or else proclaim themselves failures.

Oh well...thanks for letting me add my rant to the lineup...do what works for you.

and rememeber everyone...this is a journey, not a race...

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BITTYGIRL51 1/16/2010 6:40PM

    I did the bootcamp last year, but decided NADA this year. Just don't really like doing exercises while I am craning my neck to see what she is doing. May sound like an excuse, but I have no problem with the strength and resistance training that I do at the gym or in my workout room on my own. I also love to walk and run...so I'll stick with it.

More power to you, if you like the bootcamp and have found a way to incorporate it into your day. Just doesn't work for me.

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EMMABE1 1/16/2010 6:26PM

    You have no idea how glad I was to hear that someone of your fitness/weight is having problems with the BootCamp!!
I am sorry about your legs giving problems though!!
I have said this for a time - I realise there are "easier" options on the videos - but there would be a lot of people who cannot even do the easy options - YET it was supposed to be suitable for beginners!!
I have to wonder how new members to SP who joined the bootcamp full of enthusiasm, with weight, in some cases a lot of weight, to lose, feel now - I would guess they have either given up or decided that this is not for them - and lost interest in SP altogether!!
There are times that I believe the coaches lose sight of the fact we aren't all fit, healthy, thin, young people!!
I know there is NO chance I would try a bootcamp ever again!!

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Gonna be a little scare for a few days...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I am on satellite internet and am in danger of being FAP'ed. This means disconnected for up to a month!

So I am just going to be a little scarce until I can get my numbers down again.

I don't want anyone to be worried - I am not sick or ailing - just in danger of losing my internet connection emoticon almost a fate worse than death!

Hang tight my friends and I know you can stay on track!

Love y'all,
Linda emoticon

**edit: Getting better, 'nuther couple of days!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/16/2010 1:00PM

    Yikes! Hope not!

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MSLZZY 1/16/2010 12:17PM

    Hang in there! Hope it is just a bad rumor!

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GONE2BEACH101 1/15/2010 7:45PM

    LOL Give us their phone number and we'll call and tell 'em you need your internet!! WE need you!!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/15/2010 7:12PM

    Aw, Linda...I am late in finding this post of yours, but I'm so sorry! How frustrating internet problems can be. I'll be thinking of you, hoping you've escaped this torture of being "FAP'ed"! - Susan

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WALKINGANNIE 1/15/2010 4:04PM

    I'll really miss your positive contributions. We'll be thinking of you. Take care.

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SOPHIADARE 1/15/2010 12:06PM

    Take care of yourself!

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LAURAANN821 1/15/2010 10:09AM

    That just doesn't seem fair!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/15/2010 9:39AM

    You will be missed, take care of you!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/15/2010 7:43AM

    You'll be missed. Love your confidence. Yes, you will do fine. Hope you get your Internet issue resolved soon!

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/14/2010 10:42PM

    Thanks for letting us know. It would kill me!!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 1/14/2010 10:03PM

    Take care sweetie. we'll miss you! emoticon

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GRALLEN 1/14/2010 9:48PM

    Will miss ya till you get back.

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    Good night! Never heard of FAP'd!

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JUST-AMY 1/14/2010 9:04PM

    This is a tragedy, indeed. I'll miss ya....if it comes to it...


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ZELDAPLIFF 1/14/2010 8:35PM

    you will be missed, but I'm so glad you gave us the heads up... never heard of fap'd emoticon

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BARNABABY1 1/14/2010 8:31PM

    Thanks for the heads up.... you will be missed! emoticon
But we will still all be working together in spirit!
Mary Ann emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/14/2010 8:19PM

    Oh no! Hope you don't lose your connection.

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BETHMOMOF2 1/14/2010 7:58PM

    Good to know. I would worry if I didn't see you!

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EMILYBEMENT 1/14/2010 7:54PM

    OMGOSH, I will miss you so much :-( emoticon Hurray back as soon as you can.
Love and Hugs, Em

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KNITTABLES 1/14/2010 7:52PM

    Thanks for letting us know, take care. I hope you can find an alternative solution. We will miss you Sparkliness. hugs

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EMMABE1 1/14/2010 7:47PM

    Good grief - you need an arrangement where you either get unlimited time - OR - where you get your speed reduced for a time - cutting you off is crazy!!
Hope you survive - LOL!! but its a good excuse for more exercise.
See you back normally soon!!

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LOPEYP 1/14/2010 7:46PM

    Sorry to hear that you won't be around much. We will miss you!

I don't know what FAP'ed means. Does that mean you are over your monthly allotment of time?

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Day 11 and my butt don't touch my feet!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Well, another day is done but while Coach_Nicole can sit back on her feet - I sit but my butt doesn't come anywhere near my feet!

I know it used to! What happened? Did my feet move?

Speaking of moving - you have to roll out on the ball and then bring your knees up onto the ball! Scared the heck out of poor Ray when he can't see me but he hears me loudly say "whoa!" as the ball goes to the right and I go to the left!!

I think I am getting too old for these and Ray agrees emoticon but Day 11 is done!

I had Fruit Salad for supper and that has to be my salad for the bonus challenge because lettuce and I don't get along.

On the positive side, the weather was nice enough today for 2 walks so I managed 7.5 miles today! I even did some Core/Abs Strength Training. Go Me!!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/14/2010 5:52PM

    Your feet and your butt seem to be moving for most of the time in 2010 (lol)! Your energy is bouncing off the computer screen here! Well done, Bootcamper.

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DAYHIKER 1/14/2010 1:17PM

    emoticonI had to laugh about the ball going one way while you go the other! It's getting better but I've had that happen a couple of times! At least it makes us laugh and that burns more calories!! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/14/2010 12:53PM

    Woohooo. You are doing amazing even if your butt doesn't touch your feet. emoticon

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BARNABABY1 1/13/2010 11:25PM

    emoticonI think we have more fun and more war stories due to the exercise ball than with anything else to do with Bootcamp!!

Keep on rollin'!
Mary Ann emoticon

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CATHEITE 1/13/2010 11:16PM

    Too old? Never! You're looking so fine! emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 1/13/2010 9:47PM

    WTG on finishing it. You rock! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 1/13/2010 8:32PM

    Good for you, I couldn't even get my knees up on the ball, no way no how. Face plant anyone, I don't thinks. So glad this one is over, looing forward to day 12

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EMILYBEMENT 1/13/2010 8:12PM

    wow you are always on top of your game...well most of the time, you went left the ball went right;-)Be careful you may bounce away. I love it that your DH and mine are such a big part of our journeies here and with our health.
I have issues with lettuce too, but not fresh spinach and I eat the heck out of it. They have a strawberry salad here that I have tried and just love it.
Have fun on your challenges.
Hugs, Em

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EMMABE1 1/13/2010 8:00PM

    Yea!! Go you!!
At lest you got to the end of the workout, though whether with or without ball isn't obvious!!!!
Poor Ray!! I hope he's recovered!!

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Day 10 and still going strong!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Back to the video with the upper body on the balance ball! I still like it! And this time I was able to get back to sitting on the ball much easier!

Weather was not too bad this afternoon so I managed to get an hour walk in too!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/13/2010 12:02PM

    You're always on the ball when it comes to Sparking Linda!

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CATHEITE 1/12/2010 11:08PM

    I like working on the ball too, very multi-functional. Congratulations on your progress!

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BARNABABY1 1/12/2010 11:06PM

    You're so lucky to be able to walk outside... Our weather may improve by the end of the week so I have my fingers crossed!

I love the upper body video...I'm not looking forward to tomorrow's video...but at least my abs have stopped hurting just in time! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 1/12/2010 10:23PM

    Yes, the work out was great for me too, even though I did it yesturday, I did today as well. Keep it up.

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GRALLEN 1/12/2010 7:45PM

    I enjoyed today's workout.

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EMMABE1 1/12/2010 7:17PM

    Well done - still going strong!! Good to see as long as its you - not me!!LOL!!
Keep it up!!

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