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Day 5 Results of 10 Day Turbo Jam Challenge

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Day 1 Measurements:
Weight: 274
Chest:49
Waist: 52
Hips: 53
Right Mid-Thigh: 31
Left Mid -Thigh: 30.5
Right Upper Arm: 17
Left upper Arm: 16

Day 5 Measurements:
Weight: 269.5
Chest:48
Waist: 51
Hips: 52
Right Mid-Thigh: 29
Left Mid -Thigh: 29.5
Right Upper Arm: 17
Left upper Arm: 17.5

I don't know if I measured my arms correctly or not, so I'll just stick with this until next time. I've noticed that recently I'm not being satsified with food, I'm continuously hungry. Like last night I ate 3 cups of cabbage and my tomato turkey patty, I had to eat a fiber one bar to level my hunger out. This morning I had to add 2 more cups of grapes just to ease the edge off. (Sounds like an addict, but then again I am a food addict so it fits well). Maybe I need more complex carbs. I've been trying to get all may carbs from fruits and veggies, I eat more brown/ wild rice. Or it could be the big girl calling out that she's starving and wants a hamburger or a hotdog...lol. What I know for sure is.... 5 days down and 5 more to go! WOO HOO!

  
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ROSEYONE 6/23/2013 12:27PM

  Fruit is the equivalent of sugar. It will spike your sugar, then when your sugar level drops you will be hungry. Have a few almonds. Make a protein shake when hungry. It takes time and effort which is good. I make one with milk or almond milk, yogurt, frozen fruit, and a scoop of hemp protein powder. It is very satisfying.
After I push myself out in the garden and I need replenishment, I make a protein shake.
Buy berries at this time of the year and freeze by laying on a cookie sheet. Then pop into a freezer bag. The berries are loose so easy to use a few in a shake.
Plus check the menu plans for a balanced diet and portion size.
I am losing now because I am outside gardening instead of inside eating.
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Mary

I just noticed the dates on these posts, LOL, you have likely figured all this out by now!!!!

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CBWALLES1 6/13/2012 11:58PM

    I agree about the fruit not sticking with you for a long time. I've been making steel cut oats at night so they are ready to heat up quickly in the morning. I am all about the quick and easy breakfast. I pre-measure a little brown sugar and some chopped almonds so I can mix it in without thinking about it. Mornings are not my favorite time of day. emoticon

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SUSIEQ911 6/13/2012 10:35AM

    Good job!

On the hunger thing, maybe try more whole grains. I don't think eating more fruit will stave off the hunger for long. You need something that's going to stick with you. Instant grits or Coco Wheats are two things I eat to help keep me feeling full.

Grits is my new go to because it's less calories than the Coco Wheats. One serving is only 130 calories and even if I add a little brown sugar it's not bad. I have it with some fruit and it keeps me full. Even oatmeal is a good choice. I'm moving away from the instant flavored packets or I will mix with plain instant oats. There is also a weight control kind that is more filling.

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10 Day Turbo Jam Challenge and Nutrition

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Turbo Jam has a 10 day 10 pound slim down challenge I guess you can say. I've been doing turbo jam, but I haven't been giving my all...lol. So, with starting today, I'm going to push myself for the next ten days doing my own Turbo Jam challenge. I'm also going to do my own food, but I'm going to follow Sparkpeople's recommended nutrition range for myself.

Recently, I went home (to Kentucky) for family reunion and was there for almost a week and gained almost half the weight back that I've recently lost... emoticon. On top of that I feel like I need to motivate myself into working out and I thought if I give myself my own little mini challenge, then I'll jump start my way back into a healthier lifestyle. So, I'm going to measure myself Day 1, Day 5 and Day 10. Hopefully, I can keep away from the scale in between those days...lol.

Day 1 Measurements:
Weight: 274
Chest:49
Waist: 52
Hips: 53
Right Mid-Thigh: 31
Left Mid -Thigh: 30.5
Right Upper Arm: 17
Left upper Arm: 16

My 10 Day Turbo Jam Challenge:
Day 1: Cardio Party
Day 2: Cardio Party
Day 3: Turbo Sculpt and Ab Jam
Day 4: Cardio Party and 20 Minute Jam
Day 5: Cardio Party
Day 6: Turbo Sculpt and Ab Jam
Day 7: Cardio Party and 20 Minute Jam
Day 8: Cardio Party
Day 9: Turbo Sculpt and Ab Jam
Day 10: Cardio Party and 20 Minute Jam

I designed this workout based on my work and sleep schedule. I work night shift and lately I've been so tired that I crash as soon as I get home. When I wake up that's when I have the most energy so that's when I workout. Hopefully, this will change I rather workout right after work. Of course, I'll track my nutrition. I'm finally getting the hang of actually eating enough calories. I'm not worried about my carb intake verses my sodium, protein and fiber intake. Watching my sodium intake sucks...lol. Now the first thing I look at when reading labels is the sodium intake and if it's over a certain amount, I automatically put it back (even if everything else is pretty good). I'm on the edge of having high blood pressure and I refuse to be 30 and taking hypertension medication (I think that's another blog...lol). I'm trying to find ways to increase my protein intake without protein powders (only because I can not stand the taste). If it taste bad, I can not and will not do it. Someone mentioned a soy protein powders taste better than whey, so I'll look into that soon.
I know I'll have a good outcome with this, it's just keeping the motivation and seeing the light at the end of a long tunnel is the main challenge. I have a date with the girls during this challenge and going to see the incredibly funny man Kevin Hart during this challenge. Any other time, I consider those free days... but I have to keep my eyes on the prize. It's only 10 days right?????? Fingers cross!!!!!

  
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RACHELLE52 4/28/2014 7:29AM

    I found TWO Turbo Jam DVDs while browsing at my local Goodwill Store! I have over 300 fitness DVDS in my library. I am going to start this week. I paid $2.91 each for the DVDs! Love a bargain! Check ur local Goodwill! I get a lot of mine from Amazon but what I noticed was that Amazon does the 3rd a Party thing and that some of the DVDs were coming from Goodwill Stores so I thought, why not check out my local store and save myself that 3.99 shipping rate!!! I also found Weight Watchers Punch DVD there for 2.91 as well.

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MARKSAT50 7/22/2012 6:19PM

  I am starting turbo jam tomorrow I am just trying to lose weight and be healthy I am taking cholestorl medicine and I am tired of taking it so it's now up to me what I am going to do strive my hardest to lose fifty lbs

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MARKSAT50 7/22/2012 6:15PM

  YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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SUSIEQ911 6/10/2012 10:28AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan. You can do it! We're all here if you need someone to talk you down from a bad choice.

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You Got To Be Kidding Me!?!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

When I started my journey on being more active about losing weight I was giving advice after advice after advice on what to do and what not to do. Some of it was taken in consideration but about a good 80% was in one ear and out the other.

What gets me is when people get offended when I don't appear interested with their suggestions. For instance:

Once upon a time a guy told me that I should go on the 4 day diet. Eat all protein on Sunday, Grains on Monday, Veggies on Tuesday, Fruits on Wednesday and continue the cycle. REALLY? YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?

The HCG diet: take drops or a shot and eat only 500 calories....500 calories? Maybe you didn't get what I was questioning about...FIVE HUNDRED CALORIES? I'm not 2 years old. That's why you lose weight, the drops doesn't do anything but MAYBE suppress your appetite and for a girl like me who has NEVER BEEN SKINNY, nothing but my mind can suppress my appetite.

Everything that has been suggested, I've thought about. But, it's all about eating right + exercising = losing weight. Some have made comments like...

"Well it doesn't seem like that's going well for you."
"Maybe you should rethink your strategy."
"Have you thought about "the surgery""

REALLY? YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDINg ME? RIGHT?

Usually it's those that haven't had a battle like mine. I didn't gain weight a couple of years ago or after I had a child. I've been a big kid since I was born. I was born this way. Can I change it? YES, but I'm tired of those who haven't had a long term struggle like I have telling me what I should do. I get caught up in conversations where people just want to lose 5, 10, 20 pounds and fit into a size 4, 6, 8. I NEED TO LOSE 100 POUNDS! Not 5, not 10, not freaking 20....100. Yes, that is a big number. It is not in my comfort zone in telling people that I need to do that. But, I have made it my comfort zone.

I have been comfortable with myself because I am a strong woman and I know that I am beautiful (conceded...at times yes, but blame that on my 6 brothers who told me I was beautiful every day). My father told me last year,"You are the most strongest person that I know; physically, mentally and emotionally." That will forever stick with me. I need to be as physically strong as I am mentally and sometimes emotionally (...lol).

Another thing is how can I take food out of my comfort zone when it's been there for so long? I am seriously working on it. I can work out every day like a BEAST, but if I eat Burger King, Whataburger, ribs, hotdogs and cookies I know I'm not going to get anywhere. But I AM FIGURING IT OUT. That's the important thing. "Let me figure it out and you just support me," is my new saying.....

My new motto: Just because I've Never Been Skinny, doesn't mean I will never live healthy....

That felt good to get off my chest...THANK YOU!

  
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MSMAKEOVER 6/16/2011 3:17PM

    emoticonI enjoyed your blog. So true! You have to figure out what works for YOU...everything is NOT for everyBODY....


Best wishes...

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BRILYNN79 6/7/2011 5:10AM

  Love it! Love the let me figure it out and you support me...awesome!

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LAURACS63 6/3/2011 10:22PM

    Hey there - I was doing a search on Sparkpeople for Shakeology and ran across your blog regarding the shake and then saw this one. You are awesome! Love your writing style and how well you express yourself in your writing! Thanks for posting this - it was like you were listening to a conversation in my head or something! Thanks again. Made me chuckle in an understanding way.

Laura

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GAIL317 6/1/2011 8:41PM

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LHACKING13 5/30/2011 2:05PM

    You are so on the right track! I get so tired of everyone I know going on "diets" that involve eating what they want, but spending tons of money on "diet" food. I admire your attitude and am so glad to find another person that wants to do it the right way and not the easy out. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADY_DRAGON 5/30/2011 10:37AM

    Its so hard to follow your dream with so many people telling you how to follow theirs. Keep doing what you can do to make yourself happy and healthy. your family seem very supportive of your emotional health that is so much more than what I have but I am not complaining. I have a longer journey than you right now as I need to lose 150 just to be able to say I weigh less than 200 lbs. It doesn't sound like you are conceited it sounds like you are doing a good job of being aware of yourself...keep it up!
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2KITTIES 5/30/2011 10:04AM

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If one thing worked for us all wouldn't we have all done it? Good for you, you're redefining your comfort zone as you go and doing a darn good job of it! You rock!

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SUGARBABY60 5/30/2011 3:37AM

    OOOO, You are one SASSY lady. the first thing we should have to do when we go to "DIET SCHOOL" is learn how to talk back to people. this is a LIFETIME journey and we are taking it one day at a time. There are NO short cuts. You will do just fine. How wonderful that you have such a supportive and encouraging family that means a lot congratulations on your journey so far and all the hard work that you have put in. emoticon

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HIKINGSD 5/30/2011 12:37AM

    You ARE figuring it out and I am here to support you :)

*hug*

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ANNIEMAC_98 5/29/2011 10:41PM

    Great attitude! I know what you're saying. I've been there and am still there. Keep taking care of yourself and keep using your common sense! emoticon

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JJSSTORY 5/29/2011 10:15PM

    Smack 'em in the head with a stalk of broccoli and keep doing your thing girl!

I can relate to the frustration it cause to hear ppl talk about how fat they are and how they need to lose 5 or 10 pounds. I mean Puh...leeese!!

Stay strong!

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DEGENNAN 5/29/2011 4:53PM

    Anyone who tells you to eat less than 1200 calories a day should be ARRESTED. That is crazy. You do your thing and keep ignoring all those crazy folks who can't mind their own business. You are a strong, beautiful woman, and you are on your own journey. Nobody else has to walk in your shoes and until they do, they can't be giving you advice like they know what's best. You sound like you know what you're doing and you know it's not going to happen overnight. So stay strong and stay beautiful!

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SANDYBRUNO 5/29/2011 3:27PM

    I have 105 pounds left to lose. I can identify with everything you are saying. I even read a blog that made it sound like if you can't stick to eating healthier on an every day basis you should give up. What???? Giving up is not in my vocabulary. I may take spells where I am struggling and sometimes eating things I shouldn't but I will not give up. I had a guy telling me about the HCG diet. I thought the same thing you did when I saw you could only eat 500 calories. That isn't even healthy for you. I can definitely identify with you. Some people will say you can never eat certain foods and others will say you should once in a while. To me the key is finding a healthy balance that works for you. I did not get this big overnight nor will I lose the weight overnight. I am happy taking my journey one day at a time. We will do it. We will take our time and do what works for us. By the way the guy who told me about the HCG diet has not lost a pound. Our kids attend the same school.

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What! We've been BAMBOOZLED!?!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yesterday, after my weekly refrigerator clean up, I went grocery shopping. Lately, I've been trying to concentrate on what will I be able to cook/eat/do for the week instead of 2 weeks (keep the process stuff out of my fridge). Since I've been cooking more often and my work days has moved from the weekend this week to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; I decided I can bring a pre-made meal to work on Wednesday. Now granted, I have been trying to stay away from the pre-made meals and soups (which I love!!!) because of the sodium intake. Also, even if they try to replace their sodium with potassium it gives the meal a "fake" taste (maybe it's just me) which I don't like. Still leaving the meal to have about 400 to 600 mg of sodium. When I do have one of these frozen dinners or soups I really have to think about what will my sodium intake will be for that day.

Now alot of people don't think about their sodium intake, especially at my age. But, I am a black woman with a history of eating alot of salt and one of the things I do not want and trying to stay clear from is hypertension. This is way I get really concern about my sodium intake and I usually allow myself about 2000 mg.

OK! Enough about me....ON TO THE BAMBOOZLING!!!!!!!!

Once upon a time I tried Lean Cuisines Chicken Parmesan and I actually like it, so I was looking for it again when I crossed paths with Stouffer's Farmers Harvest Chicken and Parmesan Pasta Bake. Hmmmm, this looks and sounds good. So I flipped it over to see what was in it....hmmm, this looks familiar.

12 oz
Calories 310
Total fat 8 grams
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 920mg (YIKES!)
Carbs 39g
Fiber 6g
Sugar 8g
Protein 21g.

So my usual question that I ask myself when I really want something is....CAN I WORK AROUND THIS?...SURE! But, let me see if I can find my alternative.

Lean Cuisine Chicken Parmesan:
10 1/2 oz
Calories 300
Total fat 8,
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 660mg
Potassium 790mg
Carbs 39g
Fiber 3g
Protein 18g.

So, with me standing in the middle of the aisle, with both boxes in my hand, I said (actually out loud) "What! I've been BAMBOOZLED!" An older lady next to me asked me what was wrong and I handed her the boxes and she said,"Wow, now look at that. They are almost the same thing. A little higher in sodium but that gives it flavor...you're right, we have been bamboozled." and we laughed like really old friends.

So, ladies and gents....what did I take home? AHHH Stouffers of course. I don't know about you, but for now on I will definitely look at what the differences are instead of taking their word for it. It might be a little higher in something, but my question will always be....CAN I WORK AROUND IT?

  
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SISTHOROUGHBRED 5/29/2011 1:14PM

    thank you

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LOTUSBURGER 5/28/2011 1:59PM

    haha BAMBOOZLERS!!
They can market us anything!
I would get the tastier one toO!!

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2KITTIES 5/25/2011 2:43PM

    Love your posts! I'm a label reader too, it takes me a while to get out of the store!



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BRILYNN79 5/25/2011 7:05AM

  Nurition labels are really a funny thing when you start comparing. Sodium is one of those things I have difficulty with. I just don't like the potassium substitutes and I LOVE salt!

I try to bamboozle myself by telling myself that my body is used to all the sodium so it knows how to filter it all out:) Delusional, I know!

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SUGARBABY60 5/25/2011 4:25AM

    Once we learn to read the labels first we will all live healthier lives. thanks for sharing!

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HIKINGSD 5/24/2011 9:23PM

    Cute :)

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REDRUDY5 5/24/2011 6:07PM

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BOBF15 5/24/2011 2:21PM

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I jokingly say, when I retire I am going to go up and down aisles of the supermarket and turn all the labels around so people read the ingredients rather than the advertising on the front.

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ELLYFINT 5/24/2011 9:25AM

    Nice! It's little nuggets like this one you shared that I hope will get me on track to be healthier! Thanks for sharing!

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My Sparks 50 Questions

Saturday, April 23, 2011

50 Questions

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Nope, mom said she new my name long before I was here...awwww

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
two days ago, when I figured out I have to retake college algebra...:(

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Kind of, it's weird...I write my f's backwards and I switch between curse and print AND I use nursing short hand...lol. So no one can ever read my writing...lol.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
turkey

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
THANK GOODNESS NO!.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
HELL YEAH! I'm awesome!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
Yes....alot alot alot

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
yep

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Yeppers

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Loved Spongebob cereal when it was out, but now it's coco pebbles and special K vanilla.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
nope, saves time

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
My father once said.."You're the strongest person I know..." Will never forget that...so yes I am.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
lactose intolerant

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their attitude

15. RED OR PINK?
Pink!

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I don't think before I talk, my belly...

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My little brother Lydell R.I.P. 2006

18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
???????????

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue and and white.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
triscuits

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Alarms from a tele monitor

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
two tone.... pink and green

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Clean linen, mint, my mama's biscuts.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My friend robert

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountain hideaway

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
college basketball GO UOFL CARDS!

27. HAIR COLOR?
black with brown highlights

28. EYE COLOR?
brown

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Nope, glasses type of girl

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
HOTDOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Pandora's BOX.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
White and pink

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Hugs

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
COOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Cardio.

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Computer.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Biology, PHilisophy

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Cookie monster

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
WHen my brothers say ..."I love you sissy"

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
ROlling stones

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Haiti

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I sing a lil bit

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
shhh kentucky

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
shhhhhhh They told me they'll kill me if I told

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
tan

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
maroon

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
its a time passer

  
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BRILYNN79 4/25/2011 2:55AM

  Fun:)

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JUSTJO66 4/24/2011 2:39AM

    Now we know you better. :o)

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HIKINGSD 4/23/2011 8:17PM

    I will be taking college algebra in the fall. I will be taking an assessment math test on Tuesday for that class. I am with you...math stinks!!

Pink and green- interesting!

Thanks for sharing!

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NURSEPIRT 4/23/2011 9:53AM

    What part of KY r u from. Did u go to UofL?

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