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I Am Warrior Day 1...

Monday, May 03, 2010

emoticon was not too bad.

I have drank almost 10 glasses of water.
I wrote down in my WW tracker what I ate today. I guestimated where I was unsure. I'm actually under for the day.
I just finished 10 minutes of exercise.
I took several opportunities to walk outside of the office-although this was more for my mental status than for physical. I'm going crazy in my office!!!

I had a good talk with one of my Sparkfriends tonight who I hadn't talked to in a while. She isn't feeling well but hopefully she will listen and get some rest that her body is asking for!!!! emoticon

Well, I guess I don't have much excitement to share for right now. Now, I haven't forgotten about my picture. DH did not help me so I will have to try for tomorrow. Tonight I was attending a meeting after work and it was too late. So hopefully in the next couple of days. OH, Emma has her Mother's Day Program this Thursday. So I switched my day off from Wednesday to Thursday. If I can figure out how to do it, I will upload the video blog as I will be using my iPod Nano and the other cool camera I got from my boss for Christmas. Hopefully I'll be able to figure this stuff out!


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LESLIES537 5/6/2010 9:54AM

    I think your idea of a exercise program for new moms is GREAT!! Run with it girl! You can do anything you set your mind to! emoticon

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2ABETRLIFE 5/5/2010 9:09AM

    Congrats on a great emoticon ! Now on to the rest of your jouney.... emoticon

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JETSOX 5/4/2010 7:28PM

    Can't wait to see your picture/video blog, Simone!!! Really looking forward to it. You are really on track to change your life, my friend....keep on going. Great job with your goals so far. I have every confidence in you!!!

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LESLIES537 5/4/2010 5:46PM

    Great job on day one! emoticon

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    Great emoticon Battle On!!!


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    Way to go on Day1! I know that you can do it!!!

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DEVORA4 5/4/2010 6:23AM

  LOVE your picture of Zena. I saw her in person once and she is/was a female Arnold terminator S. I thought of using Zena too but procrastinated. Glad you didn't Interesting blog. I signed on for all of them

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    Good job on day 1 my friend. I'm cheering for you to win the war! Love, Dawn

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LOOZINITNOW 5/3/2010 10:17PM

    emoticon for day 1 you mighty warrior!!!

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NANC304 5/3/2010 10:16PM

    Great job! I hope you can figure out how to post the video blog. I'd love to see Emma's performance. Those things are so cute. I miss that part of my kids being young.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/3/2010 10:11PM

    Way to go, my Warrior friend!

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Let The Battle Of My Bulge Begin...

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Not to toot my own horn, but can I just tell you how much I love my new Xena picture?! She jumps out at me every time I visit my Sparkpage. I am glad I picked that picture. It will motivate me to do the right thing and keep me grounded!

Goal recap for today thus far:
1.Exercise 10 minutes a day-minimum. I will shoot for more on my off days! I actually am in a challenge on my new team for this. Something is better than nothing, right? And I did way too much "nothing" last month. I need daily exercise! DONE-danced for 10 minutes w/Emma!
2.Follow the Weight Watcher's plan. TRACKING will be most important. NOT DONE-I will officially start this tomorrow.
3.Drink 10-12 glasses of water. IN PROCESS-I've had 8 as of my typing this blog.
4.Focus on losing 5% (15lbs) at a time instead of looking at the total amount I have to lose. DONE!
5.Be more active throughout the day. If I'm not busy at work I will stand and walk in place instead of sitting. I will park even further from the car when I got the grocery store and walk the cart back to the store instead of choosing the lazy way out. DONE-walked in place when I was watching tv this afternoon. Small changes lead to big things!

I AM A WARRIOR! I know that I can accomplish absolutely anything I set my mind to. And I have set my mind to Battle On! With the help of DH I will make a drastic change for battle later tonight. I will try to post a picture later.

Here's to all of us on the weight loss battlefield! emoticon

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OTTAWABOUND 5/3/2010 1:53PM

    I love your Zena picture, too! Strength and beauty (plus some serious throwing skills).

I like your goal breakdown. I find tracking is probably the single biggest thing in keeping me on track (pardon the pun). If I'm entering it in my tracking journal, then I am conscious. Once a month, I pick a week and weight and measure all my portions, just so that I stay honest, as my 'eyeball' has a tendency to start increasing my portion sizes!

Best of luck.

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LESLIES537 5/3/2010 12:37PM

    GREAT goals! I'm trying to fit in atleast 10 minutes a day too. We can do this!! BATTLE ON! emoticon

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DARA52 5/3/2010 12:11AM

    Good for you!! Glad you are taking it on!! I will be checking your blog tomorrow!!

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LINDA25427 5/2/2010 11:25PM

    Great plan . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 5/2/2010 10:20PM

    Great goals & very practical! They will get you to where you want to go!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/2/2010 10:20PM

    I love your warrior picture, too! I am also waiting anxiously for the next blog with more info on DH and the battle.

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    I love the new picture too! NOW... make your warrior dreams come true my friend. Love, Dawn

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TRAVELNISTA 5/2/2010 8:17PM

    emoticon Now are you battling DH later or is DH going to help you do something for your battle. I can't wait till tomorrow's blog. emoticon emoticon

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    Woohoo! Yes you CAN do this! I love your goals, they are so do-able and I REALLY need to focus on that for this month. I will think about it and set some goals myself. Congrats on your GOOD start to May!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/2/2010 7:52PM

    I am really looking forward to showing May who is boss! I have definitely not forgotten about about our We Can Do This in 2010! We are on our way and we are going to be thin in 2010!
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    Baby steps my friend will help look forward to the big picture! Keep it up! It's going to be a great month!!!

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    Those are great goals! I have faith in you that you will accomplish them all! emoticon

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STEFFIIE 5/2/2010 7:06PM

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    Love your blog and love your pictures. Have a great week!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/2/2010 6:54PM

    I love it too, gorgeous. Xena rocks - period.

I love the goals too -they sound achievable and you will rock them for sure.

Go warrior! Woot!!


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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 5/2/2010 6:40PM

    Great goals!
I love the Xena picture.
I especially LOVE the boots emoticon

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TEMPERANCE88 5/2/2010 6:05PM

    Awesome! You can do it! Those are great, realistic goals that I'm sure you will follow through with. You go girl!

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The Month Of May And All It Brings...

Saturday, May 01, 2010

I'm so psyched about this month. I allowed myself not to make the best of April but that all changes here and now. I rejoined WW yesterday and am thrilled to back after 9 months(as I blogged). Today I joined a new and emoticon team called Fierce, Fabulous & Unstoppable Spark Warriors. I am extremely happy to be a part of this team and I'm so glad that TRAVELNISTA mentioned it in her blog earlier this week. After looking around the team page, I KNOW I've made the best decision by joining.

So this evening, I just had to redo my Sparkpage to match my spirit and show my preparation for battle!

This picture depicts so much about my weight loss journey: showing my body AND fat who's boss; how I want my body to look when I get to goal; and lastly that I'm taking no prisoners. I WANT THIS! I AM READY TO FIGHT THIS BATTLE WITH ALL I'VE GOT!

Here are my goals to arm myself in battle:

1.Exercise 10 minutes a day-minimum. I will shoot for more on my off days! I actually am in a challenge on my new team for this. Something is better than nothing, right? And I did way too much "nothing" last month. I need daily exercise!
2.Follow the Weight Watcher's plan. TRACKING will be most important.
3.Drink 10-12 glasses of water.
4.Focus on losing 5% (15lbs) at a time instead of looking at the total amount I have to lose.
5.Be more active throughout the day. If I'm not busy at work I will stand and walk in place instead of sitting. I will park even further from the car when I got the grocery store and walk the cart back to the store instead of choosing the lazy way out.

I'm excited for May and all it has to offer. The possibilities are endless everyone! Make the most of them and you will be so happy you did!

WE CAN DO THIS emoticon

Here's the link to the team if you are interested in learning more or joining:

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LESLIES537 5/3/2010 2:52PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with me! You know me too well...I'm soooo in girl!

~Fellow Warrior! RAWRR! emoticon

(Those goals are screaming my name! I love them all!)

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TRAVELNISTA 5/2/2010 4:35PM

    Love the new Spark page. Love that you joined the new team. I really think this team will empower us. It is a very positive team and it focuses on how we can strengthen ourselves to fight our "battle." emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Awesome May goals, I know you can do and we will be here for you through out the whole thing!

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NANC304 5/2/2010 12:23PM

    You hae some great May goals. I need to make my May goals. I'll work on that today.

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ALLIE_1969 5/2/2010 8:27AM

    Here's to a successful May, for both of us! This looks like a team I will have to check out...

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LOOZINITNOW 5/2/2010 12:06AM

    I joined the team earlier in the week and love it! emoticon

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    Good luck with the new team and the new attitude. Spark On Warrior Sister! Love, Dawn

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JETSOX 5/1/2010 10:57PM

    You rock, Xena!!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/1/2010 10:02PM

    I just joined, too! I love your picture ~ it is so appropriate!

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FITGRL124 5/1/2010 9:56PM

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2ABETRLIFE 5/1/2010 9:56PM

    Your enthusiasm is intoxicating. Thanks for getting me fired up and wanting to meet my goals!

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One Baby Step At A Time...

Friday, April 30, 2010

Today I took a big step actually. My boss & I talked this morning about following Weight Watchers (WW) as we both had done so separately in the past. We looked online and I started thinking about hitting a meeting this weekend. She found a location at noon today that wasn't too far from the hospital-where we work. So we left a bit before the scheduled meeting time with another mutual friend who drove. The leader had a great sense of humor and came across like a Lt. Colonel in the Army (says my boss). She was very tall and thin. We really enjoyed her and by the end of the meeting, I decided to rejoin and so did my boss. We are doing Monthly Pass so this will be pretty cool.

I am about 9 pounds more than when I left in July of last year. If you have followed my blogs in the past, I mentioned my special relationship with Mary Kay who was my former supportive leader. I actually called her this morning (before we decided to attend the meeting this afternoon) to get some info/advice from her. She said they had a member who had lost 145 lbs and she reminded her of me. We still have that special connection even though I haven't seen her since last July. I sent her a text to let her know I'd rejoined. Her response? "You go girl". Mary Kay is just an awesome person! She is a mentor for me on this journey!

So today I've taken a very big step to getting my life back and taking control of me and my eating habits emoticon

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JETSOX 5/1/2010 10:49PM

    So proud of you for doing this, S...WW is where you met with success in the past, and you are extra-determined now!! Just think of all you can accomplish...WOW.

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TRAVELNISTA 5/1/2010 9:22PM

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    I'm so glad you rejoined! WW works so well for me. I'd love to go to meetings with you again, but I can't go during work as my lunch time is never a set time but when we aren't busy. Best of luck!!

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NANC304 5/1/2010 6:11PM

    Congrats on making the decision to re-join Weight Watchers. Maybe they an help you find the balance you need.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/1/2010 3:01PM

    Good luck at WW, Simone! I hope this is the right fit for you.

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MRSSHANNONC1970 5/1/2010 11:21AM

    Ywah your back to WW too! We can check in each week with each other! Go you!!!!! Have a great weekend!

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/1/2010 11:20AM

    Hi. I am following ww too but I am online as there is no meeting near me that I can get to. Spark helps hold me together while I find my way arounf the new site. There are message boards but nothing like the wonderful people we have here. Good luck and I'll try to remember to encourage you to keep your journal. I hope you'll do the same for me, as I forget alot. LOL


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LOOZINITNOW 5/1/2010 10:30AM

    That is a great step towards the new you! emoticon

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LESLIES537 5/1/2010 9:23AM

    emoticon Good for you girl. I know you're gonna rock it this month!

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AIMEEM77 5/1/2010 8:45AM

    Good for you! Every step toward your goal is a step in the right direction. Love the quote at the bottom of your blog too!

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    emoticon I am proud of you for taking a BIG STEP toward getting yourself on track and staying there. Spark On my friend. Love, Dawn

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TAMNTN 5/1/2010 12:17AM

    Yayyy! You will get there! And being here on SparkPeople is awesome to. You can do it...we all can! Keep on Sparking! :)

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TUDI4480 5/1/2010 12:03AM

    What a great and special gift you gave yourself. Enjoy the journey!

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MNABOY 5/1/2010 12:01AM

    Big step!

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Finding The Right Balance For Me...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I have come to a few decisions. The first is that I'm finding that Eating Clean is not a good match for me. This does not mean that I'm going to go back to eating straight junk. It means I need to find the right balance for me and my lifestyle. I feel like I'm starving and according to what I've read, I should be feeling full. I definitely like the fact that I have brought from home. I think I will use this opportunity to start cooking more at home and eating out less. That's progress for me. I did not purchase anything from the eatery here at work either today or Tuesday. That's also progress for me.

My exercise has been non existent. Time to get that back in gear. I am to go with my friend to her gym again tomorrow after Em is asleep. I hope this will give me the jump start I need. I've had a crappy month but I am still aiming for bigger AND better things. Em needs to go back to being my drill instructor again. We have been out of practice.

So tell me, how do you find the right balance for YOUR nutrition and exercise?

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NANC304 5/1/2010 6:09PM

    Good luck finding that balance. I'm still struggling with that myself.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/1/2010 3:00PM

    Simone, I am still working on that balance myself. It is very difficult to do and live life at the same time! I think the main thing is to keep on trying.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/30/2010 11:19PM

    I make a commitment to myself and I keep it. Promises are meant to be kept. I have promised myself that I WILL stay on track and that I WILL succeed. I have left no room for failure. I make goals and I keep them. I am SERIOUS. You told me to "GET SERIOUS" and I committed to YOU that I would do it. I have done that. Spark On my friend. emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/30/2010 1:04PM

    I choose to eat healthy, plain and simple. I try to include a grain product, whole grain, a healthy protein and some healthy cardbs, fruit and veg with eat meal and snack. It is challenging and I don't always manage but that is what I ain for. I include lowfat dairy and legumes with moderate amounts of lean meat weekly and as many fruits and veggies as I can eat . Whole grains need to be monitered as a plate of whole grain spagetti isn't part of a healthy diet either. My strengthening program is just getting going. I am osteipedic and need weight bearing exercise so I walk. Right now I can only walk for 10 minutes at a time so I walk in place in the house but as I get stronger I will venure out carrying some small weightss for extra strength. Choosing the right food is easy. EATING the right food is HARD. LOL


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DESERTBLOOM21 4/29/2010 9:38PM

    I'll let you know as soon as I find it. emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 4/29/2010 8:35PM

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm You should be full if you are eating lean and eating your calorie allotment. What were you eating? I hope you were including some whole grains because those will fill you up.

I think I and sent you a while back an excellent steel cut oatmeal crockpot recipe. You can get the steel cut oats for I think like $1.39 a pound at Wegman's and Whole Foods in the bulk food section. You start it before bed and it has the steel cut oats, dried fruit, maybe fresh I can't remember, and nuts. I even think Emma would love it and it is so healthy and filling.

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TEMPERANCE88 4/29/2010 6:45PM

    Congrats on the progress. It's those little things that will add up!

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2ABETRLIFE 4/29/2010 6:45PM

    I'm doing a raw dive detox starting Saturday. I did one in December and it was ok. The first day or two is hard, but it got easier and this time I know what to expect. I know I won't go entirely raw, and I'm not sure what "clean" really is. I do think it is good to try these different approaches to find what you are comfortable with. Now you know something you didn't know before and you can still incorporate some of the ideas you've learned into how you eat from now on.

Good luck getting your little drill instructor going!
Maybe she needs one of these because I'm sure a little girl can't yell nearly loud enough!

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XFITSTRONG 4/29/2010 6:01PM

    Feeling like you are starving is not a good sign. Good for you for recognizing eating clean is not for you.

It is a struggle for me to find the right balance of eating and nutrition. To be honest, I am changing things up a bit more frequently now. That seems to help.... I don't like telling myself that it is "this way" forever... I need the flexibility.

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LOOZINITNOW 4/29/2010 5:56PM have to find the right balance for you. Everyone is individual. I have to have a lot of variety or I get bored easily. So, you have to get out there and really study food packages and find things that you like. Also, don't deprive yourself. I still eat out occasionally. I still have ice cream occasionally but only 1/2 cup.

I'm having issues also. My weight has been in the same 6lb range for almost 2 months, so I am getting ready to really change things up a bit. I also have let strength training slide. Time to get it back! Exercise, you just need to set up a time each day that you can get some in. Just know in your mind that it is crucial for your success.

I have no doubt that you are going to find your way. You have stuck around and been so positive and strong. You are a fighter! You can do this!

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SUCCESSFUL-GALE 4/29/2010 5:00PM

    Simone, I'm not really sure what all EC entails, but I know that I'm not interested, myself, in eating all natural, all organic, unprocessed, etc. I want to eat the type of foods I grew up with and I don't want to think about probiotics, antioxidents, etc. I try to eat thoughtfully and mindfully and stop when I'm full, and I count calories. I do try to make healthier choices, and I am working on routinely reading package labels. I've tried a lot of things over the years, and for me that works the best. I like the freedom of having anything I want, while balancing it with other things. As for exercise, I aim for something every night. Somtimes, it's not much, but it's more than I used to do. Now, I'm not saying I always eat within my calorie range or exercise. I just know that's what works best for me. I am saying that, like you, I make progress every day, and that's what counts.

I'm glad you are exploring what works best for you. Eventually, you'll hit on the ideal choices!

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GAYLE-G-63 4/29/2010 4:56PM


The way I balance things is easy; I don't deprive myself of the things I enjoy. I just eat smaller amounts of them. For instance, instead of a full-size Whopper, I have a Junior Whopper. Popcorn at the movies, half a small bag with no butter. Plus, I have one day I week I have these things, so I know I have that to look forward to. (Wednesday are my 'junk' day!)

Exercise, well, that's a bit more difficult. The only thing that as worked so for is adhering to a schedule. I'm a planner and again, knowing I have something specific on any given day helps me.

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