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Friday, July 03, 2009

Rowing today was FANTASTIC.

We had a chick boat, and a dude boat (although our female coach did row with the dudes... :P) And we raced. HAHAHAHAHA

Today was the first day EVER that several in my boat had rowed "all 8", which means all eight rowers are rowing simultaneously. Until this point the most I had ever done was 6 at a time. It was HARD! But verrrrrry fun. I got new blisters.

I also caught my first crab! It was a doozy!!! A crab is when your oar gets stuck in the water for some reason and the handle will either -

1) punch you in the gut, face, whatever
2) swing harmlessly and terrifyingly over your head

Luckily, I had a number 2 action going on -- it kinda came and I just laid back and let it go over my head, then it spun around and I finally got it under control... this is WHILE we're trying to race the guys. :P But at least I was the second one to crab cause the girl behind me did it first... hahaha but then she thanked me for doing it so she felt better! :D

We lost, but they had more experienced rowers and a couple of competitive (outside of competing within the club even) rowers in their boat. :P I'm just proud of how well we did and our coach and experienced rowers in my boat seemed impressed as well so I'm happy.

I also got in a 3 1/4 mile run in this morning -- I've burned 1400 calories today!!! I haven't tracked any food -- I'm eating healthy, and not too much. I've been busy and not eating when I'm full, so I'm not worried about it.

Tomorrow we will be going to TWO shindigs. :D Our upstairs neighbor invited us to something that will be going on earlier in the day, and then later on we're headed to the Rowing People one.

I'm planning to make a cucumber salad, hummus to go with some Food Should Taste Good THEWORKS chips, and some mini burgers for the "slider" buns I bought on sale. :) WOOT.

Now to go shower and pay attention to the hubby. :)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/7/2009 7:33PM

    I love that they call it a crab! That is so descriptive and paints the perfect picture! I'm glad you got option two thank goodness!

It sounds like you guys had fun holiday plans you probably caught me up on the next one :)

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    Glad you had a good time

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SLCOLMAN 7/5/2009 8:08PM

    Glad that the crab turned out ok!
Hope that your 4th was super fun :)

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BRE7482 7/5/2009 1:30PM

    I'm glad the rowing went okay and you weren't punched or ejected.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/4/2009 6:59PM

    Sounds like a great fourth. Enjoy it.


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SEPPIESUSAN 7/4/2009 12:17PM

    I'm glad that #1 and #3 didn't happen to you :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/4/2009 11:54AM

    hope you are having a good 4th.

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LASHERTHECAT 7/4/2009 9:18AM

    Have a GREAT holiday!!

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JNEUBS 7/4/2009 12:52AM

    A masterpiece of a day!

A little slice of heaven on earth!

Rock On!


Happy 4th of July!

ChiTown Jeff emoticon emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 7/3/2009 11:57PM

    woohoo! Sounds like a great day :)

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BRUIN2 7/3/2009 11:21PM

    So fun!!!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/3/2009 10:04PM

    congrats on the race, and for not getting ejected out of the boat haha. though i bet a dip in the water would be refreshing =P
btw what is it you have that tracks calories burned? i want one

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Pilates in the grass :)

Thursday, July 02, 2009


this morning I went rowing and I realized I needed to go grocery shopping, and couldn't go running in between because I left my running shoes at home so..... anyway by the time I was done shopping and putting away it was HOT HOT HOT outside and I realized - HEY! I'm off work tomorrow! :D I'll run then! WOOHOO.

But when I left rowing to go to Target to do my shopping I realized I'd have time to kill once I got there because Rowing got over at about 7:30 and Target opens at 8AM. After scouting the area I selected a piece of sunny grass in between the Target and Home Depot Parking Lots, laid out a towel I had in the car from my last trip to the aquatic center, and did Pilates! :D

I neglected to work out my core yesterday with all my squeezing it in at work (which went GREAT!!! A total of 3 sets of tricep dips, squats, and wall pushups, and walking lunges! WOOT!), so it was awesome to really work it out. Plus I was laying in the grass under the sun and congratulating myself on making the most of my time. When I got done I looked at the time and it was 8:00. PERFECT!

So tomorrow is running and then rowing in the evening, Saturday we're planning to cookout with the rowing club and possibly shoot some fireworks. :) I haven't decided if I'll row on Sunday yet or not, but I will get a run in to get my 3 that I'm aiming for for this week.


MUST share about my latest obsession -- Cottage Cheese Smoothies. :)

I got creative after I ran out of my tofu and was looking in the fridge... got yogurt, but that's good on it's own for snacks/lunches... anything else creamy? COTTAGE CHEESE. So I looked online to see if anyone else had tried this before (just wanted to make sure it wasn't a horribly gross idea) and I saw a few recipes so I was like - yay! I'll try it!

I like this mix:

3oz 2% Cottage Cheese
3/4 cup of Light Soymilk (plain or vanilla, I liked both)
1/2 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1 cup frozen fruit (One day was Strawberry Banana, today I ran out of Strawberry Banana at a little less than 1/2 a cup, so I added from another mix I bought of mango/boysenberry/rasberry/blackberry and VOILA!)


About 252 cal and 28g of protein -- and so delicious.

I love the slight taste of the cottage cheese in there... I bet if I were clever enough I could pawn it into some kind of "CHEESECAKE" smoothie. :) Not sure I want to call it that at this stage though, but it IS delicious.

Bought lean beef and mini buns to make burgers for Saturday and gonna make some kind of hummus dip and a cucumber salad... :)

HAPPY 4th to all my fellow USA PEOPLE! :)

(Belated Happy Canada Day to the Canadian folk... I think it's fun you have your day near our day.)

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TRECECOOKS 7/9/2009 10:00PM

    OMGoodness!! I don't think I had your energy when I was your age!! You are such an inspiration, Dana. I love you!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/7/2009 7:31PM

    I KNEW I HAD MISSED BLOGS!!!!!!!!! Stupid blog ferry! I am resubscribing!

Anyway, that is so awesome! You are badA lady!

I make cottage cheese smoothies a lot :)! I like to do a PB frozen blueberry and splenda. I also like cottage and banana with mixed berries and a little splenda. Nice ice cream substitute :)!

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BRE7482 7/5/2009 1:27PM

    Oh wow, talk about making the most of your time. I never would have thought of that. Great job!

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KROLES55 7/3/2009 12:56PM

    Luv how you practice time management in getting maximizing your time

Have a great 4th emoticon

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WHATAGRL42 7/3/2009 11:11AM

    Girl, you are the picture of efficiency! Awesome use of time! I enjoy doing yoga at home outside near the little waterfall and koi pond of our condo units. Sometimes people walk by, but rarely. I've been doing my yoga here out on the deck. I'm sure some people in the high-rises across from me can see me, but when it comes down to it, I don't think anyone cares, including me. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do1 ;)

re: cottage cheese smoothies... yum! I use cottage cheese in my smoothies sometimes,and i agree it gives it that cheesecakey flavor. I also use it in pancake batter to give my pancakes a protein boost.

Thanks again for checking in! I'm really loving it here: don't want to go home!
Enjoy the rowing club cookout!! Happy 4th emoticon


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LASHERTHECAT 7/3/2009 8:46AM

    Our Canada Day in town was rained out... no picnic, beach day or fireworks!! We are rescheduled for Sunday. I think I might go... Usually we don't get to the one in town because DH always has to cover the one in the next town (45 min. away).

Have a great weekend!!

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SKYFYRE 7/3/2009 3:45AM

    For real? You Rock! Pilates in the grass! That is great!

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KAYAKID 7/3/2009 12:55AM

    Dana, You are dedicated to the fitness for yourself. I do the same thing. Maybe not pilates, but try to figure my fitness around my schedule everyday. We are addicted to fitness and we see the results and want to do it more. Happy 4th and have agreat weekend.

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    Congrats on your PDF (Public Display of Fitness)!



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MDTWEETY 7/2/2009 8:00PM

    HAPPY FOURTH! Enjoy the holiday weekend!! :) :)

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TAKEONME48137 7/2/2009 7:52PM

    Oooo the pilates in the sun sounds awesome! Way to be creatively awesome! And I don't know if I like cottage cheese or not (I haven't had it in a really long time), but the smoothie idea sounds tasty. Mmmmm cheesecake. lol And Happy Independence Day to you too Dana! =)

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JESSIEW84 7/2/2009 6:50PM

    Way to go on getting your pilate on!

As for the smoothie...here's a Strawberry Cheesecake smoothie that was featured on Spark a month or so ago. I've been wanting to try it but fear my tummy's reaction.


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CATIATM 7/2/2009 5:50PM

    Haha - I understand Missy Magoo's trepidation, but I think your blog illustrates why you're so successful! You didn't say, "Oh this came up. I guess I can't exercise." No! You found a way to make it work. I love that about you.

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MISSY_MAGOO 7/2/2009 5:47PM

    Okay- I seriously need to get over my fear of public exercise. The other day one of my friends blogged about bingojogging (she jogged in place while playing bingo cuz it was the only time she had that day for fitness) and now you're doing parking lot pilates! You rock!
And the smoothies sound so good! Yum :)

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TELERIE 7/2/2009 5:00PM

    You're so creative with your workouts and time! That's why you're a ROCK STAR! I love it, and I love the smoothie idea. Will have to try something similar, but I don't think I can find whey powder or soy milk in my regular shop.

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    I bet you could get a recipe going, cheesecake smoothie with strawberries on top. Mmmm

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WOLFKITTY 7/2/2009 4:06PM

    Hmm! That sounds like an intriguing smoothie idea! I don't normally like cottage cheese... I might give this a try for a morning meal replacement. :D

Look at you, getting in some fitness and being adaptable! WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE! Oh Dana, you're so clever!!

Love ya girlie,

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AINTSKEERD 7/2/2009 4:01PM

    You ROCK, making the most of your time like that.
Thanks for sharing the smoothie idea, too!

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Running? Strength Training? What?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

You mean one set of Bicep Curls doesn't count as Full Body Strength Training?

And running back into my apartment because I forgot my lunch can't count toward my marathon training????


Today was... special. My left hip/butt/calf -- all a bit sore this morning and it was making me cranky and not wanting to do anything. I decided not to run since I'm just getting back into it this week and to aim for a minimum of 3 runs from Mon-Sun. DEFINITELY running tomorrow post-row. So I was still gonna do strength training, but vetoed doing lower body because of my aches... and then... ended up doing nothing really. :P

NOTHING is kind of harsh -- I DID wash some lunch containers that had been sitting around finally (the one downside of packing a lunch every day) and I DID tidy in the living room area AND part of my area in the Office AND get everything ready to run Roomba when I left AND cook some chicken breasts for lunches and stuff....

Just no real exercise to speak of. I'm thinking I will fit some in throughout the day. I'm talking some Walking Lunges (which I just realized yesterday I don't think I've ever done before!) around the office, squats and wall pushups when I go to the bathroom, some tricep dips off of my desk... Not the most intense workout ever, but at least I'm not neglecting my poor muscles.

I'm feeling... vacation fever because of the Holiday Weekend I think and the fact I have Friday off. :) hahaha.

EDITED TO ADD: Circuit one of "At work" strength training completed. I'm gonna do some more later -- Squats+Wall Pushups in the bathroom, Tricep dips off the counter in the break room and walking lunges in front of the vending machines in the break room. :) hhhahaa. It was secluded...

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    I'm a clean freak so I have to ask you if you love your Roomba or not. I want one. Shall I splurge? Also, I hope you use hand sanitizer after doing pushups on the bathroom wall.



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SKYEFYR 7/2/2009 10:22AM

  sounds like given the circumstances you did a great job of squeezing in exercise. Most people would have just skipped.

And I agree, the one downside of packing a lunch is having to clean out the containers afterwards.

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KATANA_X 7/2/2009 4:44AM

    We all have lazy days, and it sounds like your lazy days are at least still productive. ;)

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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/1/2009 11:11PM

    I want a roomba. Are they amazing?

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/1/2009 10:21PM

    I'm curious how your first go at walking lunges went. For the longest time I had to do to them close to a wall because I kept losing my balance and needed something I could grab just in case. Even now that I've been doing them for a long time I still sometimes lose my balance if I'm halfway through a second or third set and getting tired. And on top of that, sometimes I think they don't really hit the muslces as much as static lunges, though they seem good for cardio and balance! What did you think of 'em?

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ROYABOYA 7/1/2009 5:24PM

    I am laughing because I just got back from the bathroom where I go to do wall pushups in secret at work ;)

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BRUIN2 7/1/2009 4:37PM


Yes, I am evil laughing at the pain that those walking lunges are going to cause.


Also good are walking plies - so just start on one side and plie (or exagerated side shuffle) leading with that leg, and then turn around and come back leading with the other leg.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/1/2009 4:12PM

    What are you guys doing for the 4th?

Call it a rest day, you can make it later on in the week :).

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ELFITZPA 7/1/2009 4:04PM

    Hey, every little bit counts!! We all need some time "off" occasionally, anyway.

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    Okay - so you're taking a day off. You can HARDLY be considered a slacker, darlin. I know how hard you work. Your wall exercises and dips off your desk sound... creative. lol. Work with watcha got, right?

What do you store your lunches in? Just plastic containers? I've been wanting to replace my plastic containers with something more eco-friendly and body-friendly (something that's not leaching chemicals into my food). I'm looking for glass or metal I guess. I am pretty clueless about what's out there. Guess I should do some research...

Anyway, I'll stop randomly babbling - what I love about you is your focus. When you have a lazy day you are always thinking ahead to how to refocus the next day. Great job!

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JESSIEW84 7/1/2009 3:27PM

    My bf opened the dishwasher last night and was like wtf? The whole top shelf was lunch containers that from Sun-Tues, hahaha. Must be eco friendly and use reusable containers, right?!

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MSSUNBUG 7/1/2009 3:22PM

    Sounds like a great plan. It's okay that it's "not the most intense workout ever." As I know you know, sometimes it's good if it's less intense some days, more intense others, etc. And really, since it's all about making exercise work in your life in meaningful ways that stick, you get an A++++ for being resourceful and working your workout into your work (couldn't resist piling up all those "works." heh).

Have a great holiday weekend! I'm feeling the fever too!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I didn't track my food for today pre-dinner until I came to work and I can already tell it's gonna be a challenge to make it through today!!! :) haha

I forgot one of my snacks -- what's usually tuna or salmon so a big protein bang for the buck in there...

At least I brought a whole pita even though I only need a half for my lunch so I can eat half of that at some point as a snack to help me work it out. :P hahahaha

And I was all worried earlier about eating too much while I was at home and whatnot. At least I can pretty much do WHATEVER for dinner worry free as long as I get enough protein.

UPDATE: HALLELUJAH! :D One of my coworkers had a protein bar leftover from when they did their bariatric diet and it was perrrrrfect. 160cal, 15g protein, Cinnamon and delicious. I feel a lot better now. :)

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EMMY0891 6/30/2009 11:23PM

    I hadn't even thought about a protein bar. I was having a lil trouble when I reached my goal with everything but my protein and I didn't know what to eat to get the rest of it for the day. Great idea!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/30/2009 10:58PM

    Glad you found a snack =)

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SKYFYRE 6/30/2009 5:46PM

    Cinnamon protein bar?! Cool!

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LASHERTHECAT 6/30/2009 5:07PM

    Protein bars are awesome... just pick up and go. I had an Isoflex for lunch today... 30 g protein!! I was at court until 1 p.m. - usually eat at noon, so I was hungry!! Had half the bar, ran over to Curves for a half hour, ate the other half and ran back to court for the afternoon!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/30/2009 4:23PM

    Glad you got a snack, sister!

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JESSIEW84 6/30/2009 4:04PM

    I totally feel your pain, or shoud I say hunger!!! I was in a bit of a rush this morning packing lunch. When I got to work and tracked breakfast, lunch and my snacks I only had 21g of protein...WHAT?! So I had to modify my lunch (skip the left over veggie pizza) and buy a tuna sandwhich from Subway across the street. I'm in the high 80s now for protein...I guess that will do.

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ZAEZAE 6/30/2009 3:55PM

    Glad you have your spare pita on hand!! It's always a good feeling to know you've have a 'good' day and you can eat well knowing your well within your ranges.

Good work!

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900 cals burned before 9AM

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Had a GREAT row this morning and a nice return to running with a simple 2 miler. wooot.

Not much I can add to that so here are some pictures from this weekend! :)

Me and my hubby and JHUBKA84 and HER hubby. :) YAY! I'm also wearing my SparkConvention shirt but my hand is totally covering the logo. :P Oh and the fact that I'm standing like a WEIRDO. :) AHHAHAHA But aren't JHUBKA84 and her hubby TOO ADORABLE?!?! :)

The fabulous miss JHUBKA84 in front of a super cool water feature. :)


Also Lilies are my FAVORITES and they were ALL blooming like crazy.

Jedi Angel Face? Is that what Queen Amidala called her Ani? :)

I took a ton more, but I won't bore you with the millions, including rabbit statuettes and cacti. :) hahaha.

Also I like this picture of me and my brothers from the other weekend when I visited my family:

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SUPERPOSITIVE 7/1/2009 10:46AM

    Hey Dana...you look so great!! Thanks for posting the pics!

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EMMY0891 6/30/2009 11:32PM

    i love the pics and great job on the 900 cal!!!!! emoticon

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/30/2009 10:57PM

    Looks like it was very fun

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JESSIEW84 6/30/2009 4:01PM

    You're soooo rockin the Spark-T!

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LANC92 6/30/2009 2:08PM

    I sure wish I could get your calorie burns. My metabolism just won't do it. In fact when I first got my HRM, I was SHOCKED at how low my burns were. Oh well, I guess I just have to make the best of what I do get, right?

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ZAEZAE 6/30/2009 2:01PM

    Rock On for burning 900 calories before 9am! Woooo hooooooooo!!!!!

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MDTWEETY 6/30/2009 1:31PM

    Pretty pictures!! That is so cool that you got to meet so many Spark people! I hope to meet some Sparkers in person sometime. I don't believe I ever have. I almost met one when we went to Israel last year, but she ended up having to be out of the country for work during the time I was there. Bummer.
P.S. 900 cals before 9? WOW!!!! I've burned, um, about 300! LOL!

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TATTED_PINUP2BE 6/30/2009 1:22PM

    Love the pictures!! I wouldn't have minded seeing a rabbit statue though...haha, your so skinny and tall, continual inspiration.

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MARSGIRL23 6/30/2009 1:18PM

    WOW!! Way to go on 900 calories burned, especially doing that so early in the day!! Thanks for posting the beautiful pictures! I really like the "Jedi Angel Face" flower, and your joke. ;)

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MISSY_MAGOO 6/30/2009 1:08PM

    woohoo on the early burn!
Great photos! I love the one of you and your brothers :) lilies are my favorite flower, my faves are calla and stargazer... never have seen a jedi angel face, but the name does rock! I have those same orange day lilies in my back yard all in bloom right now :)

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CATIATM 6/30/2009 1:05PM

    Wow! Your family is so tall and good-looking ... and tall. Did I mention tall? I like my height and not envious of anyone else usually, but wow. Those are some gams you got there, girlie!


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DDOORN 6/30/2009 12:34PM

    Great pics! WTG on the early calorie burn! I'm a morning workout person too, I think we get more bang for the burn early on...revs our metabolism up for the rest of the day...woo hoo!


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SKYEFYR 6/30/2009 12:28PM

  900 calories before 9am???

You are a superstar! Way to go!!!

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TASHAELIZABETH 6/30/2009 11:57AM

    900 calories burnt before 9:00 AM..wow continue sharing that is really awesome.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/30/2009 11:41AM

    Look at you all dressed up, you look adorable!

Those gardens are lovely!

PS: the weight wave here has finally broken, what about there?

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TAKEONME48137 6/30/2009 11:30AM

    Yay! All the pictures are awesome! And woot for 900 calories burned! That's crazy awesome! =)

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RHALES199 6/30/2009 10:59AM

    Love the pictures! I've been to the place the last one was taken :).

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/30/2009 10:50AM

    what a great way to kick off your day.

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LAFTERSFREE 6/30/2009 10:47AM

    p.s., your hair is starting to get longer, i noticed in the bottom pic of u and ur brothers! how long are u hoping to let it grow to?

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LAFTERSFREE 6/30/2009 10:45AM

    great job on the burn, i know ur so thrilled to have ur HRM back im sure it will help u be more focused! thanks for sharing the pics, i like the one of u and ur brothers. lots of fun stuff this summer :)

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