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I love getting my BUTT KICKED!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I am seriously loving how much my butt is getting kicked by Runner's Yoga. Today we ran for about an hour. I mapped the distance and it was 5.33miles. WOOHOO!! :D My longest distance to date. And a 10K is 6.2 miles? I think I could totally hack it. Especially since it'd most likely not be in as hot a part of the day as this class is, and hopefully not on the kind of hills I had to do today.

Apparently our teacher decided a little over halfway through our run today that him and Speedy needed to be their OWN special class, and kicked the rest of the fast group down to run with the slow group. We were kinda miffed, me and marathon lady, because we keep an actual good steady pace and the slow group is so not for us. :P BOO! But the way we ended up going was actually a tougher run than the way they went -- so although it irritated me that we were supposed to go that way because it was "shorter and easier" (so insulting) it actually I THINK was both longer AND harder (definitely harder, didn't map the other distance yet...). Their way was a long steady incline, our way was two massive steep hills with some relatively level to slight declines in between. YEAH. :P So then I was like -- well, at least we're more awesome and got a better workout. SO THERE. It WAS however, more in the shade than the way they went, so that was nice.

But by the time everyone regrouped we had 15 minutes left, so we just did stretching. Then I did core and Upper Body ST on my own. I almost talked myself into going straight home, and I'm REALLY glad I didn't. :D I RULE! hahaha I felt great actually getting in that strength training -- what do I want? MUSCLES!!! MUSCLE DEFINITION!!!! So do I go for an hour long run and then SKIP the strength training? NO! That is NOT going to give me the results I want.

I've burned over 900 calories today, though. 937.8 to be exact. (Well, I guess it's not exact since it's an estimate, but that's my estimate!) So far this week I've already burned an estimated 2592 calories through excercise -- and I still have excercise planned for tomorrow AND Saturday. I was curious how this would pan out with me not taking an off day in the middle of the week like I did last week.


Last night did the Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wrap Recipe from The Food You Crave -- not much to it, but the combination of flavors was amazing!!! I did it a little differently -- made two large wraps out of the veggie ingredients for 4 wraps in her version. And I added a bit of feta cheese. It was SO AMAZING. I actually went over on my fat grams yesterday by 7g, BUT, I was below the day before, AND it was ALL HEALTHY FATS - nuts, natural peanut butter, olive oil.... so I'm veryvery ok with it.

Tonight I plan to have... HOT DOGS AND FRIES. :) The Garlic Fries from The Food You Crave, and Hebrew Nationals 97% Fat Free -- awesome awesome choice for low cal hot dogs. :D 45 calories each, and they taste GOOD.


Deficit Tracking:

6/18: (1940+451) - 1847 = 554

6/16-6/18 = 2367, Average/Day = 789

Today so far:

6/19: (1940+938) - 1177 = 1701

HOLY MOLY. Obviously I still have to eat dinner and I don't know exactly how many calories that will be yet, but I'm still looking at a massive deficit -- according to my Sparks ranges I can eat 713 more calories to my max, and that'll still give me nearly a 1000 cal deficit for today. Depending on how I feel I may choose to go a bit over my Sparks Range considering I've already surpassed my estimated cal/week burn that my ranges are based on -- I entered in 2300 average calories burned per week.

Well anyway!!!! I've already mentally allowed myself permission to eat as much as I feel I need to today due to all the running and whatnot. We'll see how it goes.

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MARLIE13 6/24/2008 6:49PM

    I always get hungry when I read your blogs for some reason. lol! I totally get the "so insulting" comment you made about a shorter and easier run. Like when my trainer threatened me by saying that I could do "girl" pushups if I wanted.

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/19/2008 8:49PM

    It is sooo tempting to cut back on the calories in order to see the deficit that I'm looking for. Dangerous, I know, especially on the days I burn 700 calories at the gym. So I'm glad you decided to allow yourself to eat. I need to remember that more often I think, . . . food is fuel. And if I need it, I need it. I might up my calories a bit next week actually since I've been feeling hungry a lot this week. Keep up the great work!!!

You are a RUNNER girl! Blow me away, . . . I too hope to be a runner some day.

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SKYFYRE 6/19/2008 7:54PM

    You are kicking butt, everyone elses! On those runs! Woo Hoo! Oh, and what a weird thing to do by your instructor, sounds like things worked out, but that was odd, I'd be a wee bit irritated as well.

Amazing commitment, especially the part where you got you bootie in the gym and did your ST! I want some of that... Starting up again after this Tri June 29th. Yay! Ahem, thanks for the comment on my blog, but.. I think that YOU ROCK!!!

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CAROL_HOORAH 6/19/2008 6:15PM

    i'm glad you're going to eat!!!! you deserve it!!! I worry about you not eating enough sometimes, so PIG OUT GIRLFRIEND!!! lol

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BRUIN2 6/19/2008 5:36PM

    WHOA!! Do you ever ROCK!!

Silly instructor making you go with the slow pokes - but yay for being more in the shade and actually getting a better workout in! WOOT WOOT!!!!

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LOBO1978_2000 6/19/2008 5:32PM

    Keep getting yout butt kicked girl!

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WOLFKITTY 6/19/2008 5:30PM

    Fuel that body! ;D
It's good that you're taking care of yourself.
Running sounds so awesome, you're my muscle-y hero... EHhehee.. I'm going to get my husband to try those hot dogs, we love Hebrew National!


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Feeling Strong! :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Oh yes, I will be a swimmer.

Today's swimming went really well!! I think I made some improvements to my kicking and my breathing felt a lot easier and more automatic. And I was slightly faster than this lady who kickboards back and forth when I'm there. That's not to say I'm fast AT ALL. But if she's only using her legs and I've got legs and arms in the equation, shouldn't I be faster than a kickboarder? You'd think so... but I was only JUST faster than her I think. :P But I'm a newbie! SO THERE.

Then I went to go bike and realized when I was changing that I LEFT MY SHOES AT HOME... so I wore my flip flops up to the cardio floor... and biked barefoot!!! I was so nervous the whole time that an employee was going to come and tell me to get off the bike. They kept walking by, too, but no one said anything. I felt it best to keep it to 15 minutes though -- not just to not get caught, but I don't want to get some weird blisters that would interfere with running tomorrow. But since the time was short, I tried to keep the intensity nice and HIGH!

So, I realized after someone was asking me a question about it today that I needed to recalculate my BMR stuff since I lost weight. *DOH* Luckily I only lost about 10cal from my daily pre-excercise exertion count. YAY. Hahaha. :D So I will be providing updated Deficit Tracking today.

Last night's dinner was SO GOOD. I want to find Ellie Krieger and just hug her and tell her how much I love her cookbook and I'm so glad I tried it. Mom's Turkey Meatloaf and Smashed Sour Cream and Chive Potatoes! WOOHOO!!! Delicious! I have leftovers for lunch today and I am SO excited. It was very filling - my calories for yesterday ended up much lower than I expected, and I was below on fat. Want to make sure I'm getting enough healthy fats, though!!!

Also this morning I FINALLY made myself a smoothie for the first time in..... a year probably??? I froze some bananas earlier this week and I made this amazing recipe from The Food You Crave (OF COURSE). Very simple and delicious. This is how it went with MY ingredients...

1 exsmall banana (frozen)
.25 cup of vanilla Dannon Light N Fit
.5 cup nonfat milk
2Tbsp of Naturally More PB

THAT'S IT. Blend and let your mind be blown! hahahaha. I don't have ice, so I'm enjoying the fact that I can use frozen fruit instead. I have a bunch of frozen fruit in the freezer, too, so I need to GET ON THIS. Her recipe calls for a medium size banana and onlt 1.5Tbsp of PB, but I love PB and I had extra small bananas, so I guess mine got more PB flavor and less banana. But still super excellent.

I want to try some of the Eat Clean ones, but they all call for things like protein powder and whatnot that I haven't had a chance to purchase yet. (oh and of course, ice... We've turned off our ice maker to give more room in the freezer, and I think we have ice trays somewhere.........but not sure where) I like that Ellie Kriegers cookbook does not call for unusual ingredients that are harder to find at the grocery store, or even call for a health food store, etc. Everything she uses is so simple and wonderful. :)


Deficit Tracking:

6/16: (1940+332) - 1691 = 581
6/17: (1940+871) - 1569 = 1242

6/16-6/17 = 1823, Average/Day = 911.5

WOW! Yesterday's Deficit was INSANE.

Tomorrow is Runner's Yoga *YAY* and Upper Body ST.

I would also like to add that this week has been the week of , "Oh Dana you're just trying to disappear on us!" and "You're just gonna blow away!!" and "Skinny Minny, chew a piece of gum!" (as I looked to see if some gum was sugar free or not...)


I'm strong and working to be more fit everyday!!! I appreciate the compliment behind the comment, but I'm not trying to disappear into nothing!! I'm too tough for that crap! :P ;) Ok I'm not that tough in general, but TOUGH when it comes to working out!!! YEAH!

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TINKERSPELL 6/19/2008 1:23PM

    Bananas... I'm so jealous! I've developed a very severe allergy to them. I eat them and have the sort of violent reaction some people get from eating shellfish or nuts. I miss them! But that smoothie sounds totally delicious! I wonder how it'd be with cashew or walnut butter and strawberries...

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THICKY_THICK 6/19/2008 1:04PM

    wow. i'd be afraid to lose a toe. lol. determination is a powerful thing. let me have some! haha.

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SKYFYRE 6/19/2008 3:09AM

    Dana! The Barefoot-stealth-cyclist!

ok at you! I had a similar episode of improper footware, grabbed my work tennies instead of my running tennies! Ack, they are a 9.5 and I wear an 11 to run in, owie!

Nice commitment on both our behalves!

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/18/2008 10:53PM

    You are A-MAZ-ING!! I love coming to your blogs for inspiration, a chuckle or two, and to be completely blown away by your athletic skills =) You won't blow away because you are STRONG and FIT and oh so FABULOUS!

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WOLFKITTY 6/18/2008 8:05PM

    You are the super strong triathelete! Wow... :D
You are making me SO HUNGRY, I think I need a snack, LOL!
AND I need that book. :D

You go!

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MARLIE13 6/18/2008 7:17PM

    I'm so glad you're trying all these recipes so I know which ones to try next. BUT, my girls won't eat much of what's in there...I keep trying to expand their pallets and will keep at it. I'm excited for when my sweetie will actually live here and I can try more that an adult would appreciate. Except he's the semi pro chef but I honestly think that I could dazzle him with my mad Ellie KriegerZircadia skills. lol!

Your deficits inspire jealousy. loL! You're a rockstar ohbarefootedlancearmstrong!

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SLCOLMAN 6/18/2008 6:43PM

    WTG with still biking!!!!

I totally think that I am going to have to find me that cookbook! :)

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STRILLO 6/18/2008 6:18PM

    Wow! Congratulations on your progress! You mentioned a recipe book? Could you give me the name/author of that book. I've been looking for a good recipe book for a long time.

Thanks and keep it up!


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JAYMATTER 6/18/2008 3:58PM

    Hm. I was about to make a smoothie when I read this. Good idea ('cept i have no yogurt). :)

edit: milk + banana + PB + whey = yum! That tastes like more!

Well done on the shoeless workout, by the way.

Comment edited on: 6/18/2008 4:13:40 PM

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Runner's Yoga kicked my BUTT today!!! The slower people weren't there, and one of the faster folks... basically it was "Speedy" and me. And our teacher. (AT FIRST) We headed out at a much faster pace than I'm used to and I kept up for a while but then I started dragging. The teacher kept talking about how we were going to do 6 miles, and we went farther than we did on the first day when we did 5 miles, but somehow when I mapped it it came to 4.82 or something, so either I mapped it wrong, or we went farther but didn't take as many twists and turns? I dunno, but we ran for 55minutes and I'm counting it as 4.82 miles to be conservative.

Still a big feat for me, who prior to running this class had run ONCE for 4.1 miles and that being the longest EVER.

I was SOOOOOO drained after the run -- taking that faster pace at the beginning really kicked my butt later on, but the teacher seemed excited for me because I did decently at keeping up most of the time, and he pointed out that I will be getting the most benefit because I have to push myself to keep up, so I will see the most improvement in my running. THAT IS FO' SHO'!

Then we did yoga and pilates again, and I did upper body ST, and went home and showered... and THEN my stomach started feeling all kinds of crazy, and it's feeling better now, but man. I dunno what was up. Water didn't help, food didn't help... but I feel better now so ok. :)

The Mango BBQ Chicken was a success, as if I didn't know it would be... :) BEST COOKBOOK EVER. Only 220 cal per serving of chicken, and you it gives 40 oz of chicken for 8 servings, so that's 5 oz of chicken per serving. I made half the chicken and have leftover sauce. Tonight I'm making a turkey meatloaf and some mashed potatoes. :) WOOHOO!

I would also like to state that my weigh-in this morning was ALMOST the same as yesterday, so yesterday was NOT a fluke, I really did lose weight. HAHAHA. :)

Now for Deficit Tracking:

6/16: (1950+332) - 1691 = 591


Today so far, well, I've only eaten (including an upcoming snack) about 1164 today, leaving a nice allowance for dinner. Today's workout burned 871 calories according to my various estimating tools!!! :D (One day I will have a HRM...) But WOOHOO!!! KICKBUTT!

I just hope I get enough rest and recuperation tonight that I feel strong tomorrow in my workout. Tomorrow is a Swim+Bike brick, and a rest day from Strength Training.


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CALICAVEGIRL 6/18/2008 12:47PM

    Runner's Yoga sounds insane!!! Glad you are enjoying it, though. Quick question, how much down time do you usually have in-between swimming and biking when you do the Swim+Bike brick?

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SKYFYRE 6/18/2008 4:06AM

    Oh my Goodness! you are a Monster! -in a good way like a crazy workout machine Woohoo! I love the runners yoga stuff! sounds like a blast, really motivating, and entertaining for blogs! You lost weight? Duh!! You have really amped up the workouts and kicked it up a notch! Yay! I want what your smoking, heehee just jkidding, but if you could bottle your enthusiasm and energy, I would purchase a bit!

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KACHAFFE82 6/17/2008 9:41PM

    Yay! Congrats on getting your butt kicked! :D

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SLCOLMAN 6/17/2008 9:22PM

    I have to know... What cookbook are you talking about? That chicken sounded YUMMY! Congrats on the awesome run!

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BRUIN2 6/17/2008 8:24PM


What a day!!

For what it's worth...my tummy does not like long runs. I need to find a potty immediately afterwards (I know, TMI, but my point is, sometimes our body's do strange things, so we just have to figure out how to make them happy!)

You WILL feel strong tomorrow - I can tell already!!

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**PRICELESS** 6/17/2008 8:20PM

    You are really amazing! I love reading about how you kick your own butt every single day! ! =P

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Monday, June 16, 2008

I.... have officially weighed in WITHIN my maintenance range! :D



I'm not going to change anything until I get to 165, but I am totally psyched. :D After finishing TOM and not feeling bloated and getting plenty of sleep, I weighed this morning to find that number staring at me. YES!!!! :D

To recap last week's Deficit Tracking:

6/9: (1950+302) - 1656 = 596
6/10: (1950+757) - 1776 = 931
6/11: (1950+0) - 1720 = 230
6/12: (1950+552) - 1700 = 802
6/13: (1950+329) - 1784 = 495
6/14: (1950+387) - 1888 = 449
6/15: (1950+0) - 1840 = 110

Total Week Deficit: 3613, Average/Day = 516.14

So really, I could have had a zero deficit day yesterday and met 3500, but I didn't eat just to eat. I had a good day, had a splurge day with some Taco Bell and whatnot, but kept it lighter the rest of the day.

:D I can't believe I'm in the 160's still. WOW!!!!! I'm still shocked. HAHAHA :D I've been working hard for it though.

Took some measurements today and I've lost .5" from my waist, 1" from my hips, and something or another from my thighs since last measuring. :D YAY! My arms and calves are the same, but I really think my arms are seeing some improvement in tone even though the measurement is staying the same.

You know what's killer? Pike Crunches. Everytime I do them I'm sore for at least 2 days afterward. HAHAHA. My abs are definitely still sore from Saturday.

This morning's workout was Lower Body and Swimming. I got a resistance band pack this weekend! WOOHOO! :D So I finally was able to try this excercise that's supposed to help with the booty. It's a like... sideways walk thing. with a resistance band around your feet. Either around your legs or under your feet and in each hand, either way. So that was great. I'm also very excited about what this means for me getting in some Strength Training when I'm travelling -- since they're so light I won't have the excuse of not having the equipment anymore. No more will I be limited to body resistance excercises only! :D hehehe. NO MORE EXCUSES basically.

Swimming also went well -- I feel like I'm actually getting better although the progress is small and slow, I can tell a difference. Like I'm actually able to breathe to the left now. :) haha.

I'm feeling very relaxed and happy today. Dinner is prepared for tonight -- I worked on it yesterday. The Chicken w/ Mango BBQ Sauce I've been talking about?? I finally made the sauce yesterday and the chicken is marinating in some of it AS WE SPEAK. So that will be tonight's dinner. The sauce tasted really great when I sampled it. :)

Tomorrow: Runner's Yoga + Upper Body ST (Runner's Yoga will also include Core ST, and if not, I'll do that afterward :P )

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THICKY_THICK 6/19/2008 1:06PM

    yay! keep up the fantastic work!!

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TINKERSPELL 6/18/2008 8:11AM

    Congrats! You must be thrilled!

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    congrats!! that is just SO exciting! and your deficit for the week is incredible!! u should be very proud!!!

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STEFIPOP 6/17/2008 2:29PM

    You are so very inspiring, Dana! Someone I can really look up to - and not just because you are a full foot taller than I am :) - rather because you have made some very wonderful changes in your life! Thanks for sharing!

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BRUIN2 6/17/2008 2:12PM

    Chicken with MANGO BBQ SAUCE????

Oh Dana, I'm going to have to stop reading your blogs. They just make me so dang hungry! hehehe.

Where's that recipe from??? Please share!!!!

Oh yeah, and did I mention that YOU ROCK!! Maintenance-ville is ready for you!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/17/2008 9:21AM

    I laughed a little when you said you could actually breath on your left now =) It's weird, for me it's easier to breath on my left then on my right (I'm right handed btw). I alternate breathing, but when I breath on my right I tend to take in a little water as well as air - lol. Breathing on my left feels so much more natural. Strange, . . . but glad you are becoming more proficient and you are improving. Congrats on the maintenance weight too!!! WHOO HOO is RIGHT!!!


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LANC92 6/17/2008 8:24AM

    Wow. I am so happy for you. And slightly jealous. I can't even tell you how badly I want to be at maintenance. But, it's not about me, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU - WAY TO GO.

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**PRICELESS** 6/17/2008 12:30AM

    WOOHOO!!!! Congratulations on the 160's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CJBAGGINS 6/17/2008 12:28AM

    Well done, Dana!! That is absolutely fantastic. I'm coming round the corner right after you I hope. About 6 more to go for me! Woo-hoo! cj

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PLATAS0827 6/16/2008 9:55PM

    CONGRATS!!!! That's awesome!!

I actually have a question for you... What are you adding and subtracting.... what is the deficit you are talking about??? I know that is probably a stupid question .. but if you could explain it or send me to a article that can or what not.. I would appreciate iot...


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SLCOLMAN 6/16/2008 9:25PM

    Congrats on getting to your goal!!! Your will power and success is just fantastic!

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MARLIE13 6/16/2008 6:46PM

    You're so awesome! I'm so totally jealous. I need to suck some of your willpower in the eating department out of your blog. Bleck. I got hit with TOM twice though, but still frustrated. But oh well and back at it.

I'm making that chicken from EK's book tonight...and hope to report back with success. Can't wait to hear how your mango chicken turns out!

Yay on the bands too...and maintaining...and wow!!! 168.2! WOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!

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    Wow!! Hooray for maintenance! That's got to be a fantastic feeling. One of these days...or years... emoticon

Well done on everything, my friend! emoticon

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Just a Quick Update...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

So, last night was kind of random, we had plans, but they fell through, and then made other plans, and food had to fit around everything in a different way than anticipated but! I ate at home, ate relatively healthy, so woohoo.

Deficit Tracking:

6/13: (1950+329) - 1784 = 495

6/9-6/13 = 3054, Average/Day = 610.8

WOOHOO!!! So I only need 446 cal of deficit to get my 3500 goal.

As soon as I get off of work I'm going to get my workout in.

I've been reading articles on the Figure Athlete website for more knowledge and ideas on strength training. I don't want to look like a Figure Athlete, but I figure from where I'm starting, with some of those tips and some work I can get more muscular and toned. :) Today is Upper Body, Core, and Swimming. :D YAY!

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MARLIE13 6/16/2008 2:03PM

    That butt article you posted was awesome. I hope you post more that you find interesting! Woohoo on your success this last week!

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LOBO1978_2000 6/16/2008 1:34PM

    Woo HOo.

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KACHAFFE82 6/16/2008 10:34AM

    Yay you!

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WOLFKITTY 6/16/2008 1:16AM

    Good job! :D

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SLCOLMAN 6/15/2008 11:39PM

    I'm going to have to go take a look at the figure athlete stuff... Great job with everything!

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SKYFYRE 6/15/2008 7:02AM

    i saw your article's from the figure athlete thingie, yikes those women could snap a walnut in half with a sqeeze of their buns! hahaha! i wouln't mind being at least half that toned! i was drooling over the shrimp cream broccoli recipie might have to do it with chicken though, i don't like to eat swimmers!

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