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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Just had to announce -- that apparently we can now have up to 50 photos. I just added a BUNCH of before photos, previously unseen on Sparks, and some new afters as well.

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CATIATM 8/3/2008 11:53PM

    Whoooo hoo! I'm going to have to check out your photos when I can get on the computer for more than five minutes at a time. Thanks for letting us know!

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SLCOLMAN 8/1/2008 10:51PM

    The pics are just fantastic!!

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    Ohmygosh - I barely recognize you in some of those before pix! You are one hotty now. And I LOVE finding the perfect dress. I have one I found this year too, I will have to take a pic in it next time I get dolled up.

Congrats foxy lady!

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MARLIE13 8/1/2008 5:17PM

    I got a new blouse that I'm wearing tonight and I thought of you because you all just NEED to see the back of it it's so cute! But...wahh....still without a camera. Suckie!

Your before pictures....there were quite a few that made me say, "Wow!" I'm so happy for you now!!

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LOBO1978_2000 8/1/2008 2:46PM

    wow they must have revamp their servers.

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    whoo hoo for 50! thats so awesome! ive been wanting that for awhile now! LOVE your before and after pic difference! you look AMAZING!

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    Nice! Thanks for the heads up!

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CECE0330 8/1/2008 9:23AM

    oooooooohh! 50! so luxurious!

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CAROL_HOORAH 8/1/2008 8:51AM

    I LOVE all of your pictures!!!!!! You're such a beautiful girl!!!!

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/1/2008 2:31AM

    Wow I thought I was doing bad with my two a day! Lol.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 7/31/2008 9:54PM


(((I'mma go make FOUR blogs now...)))



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P.S. -- About Sodium and Running

Thursday, July 31, 2008

So, BRUIN2 made an intersting comment on my last blog and I wanted to share what I read about it. She said that I need salt cause I'm a distance runner now!

HAHA. dunno about the "distance runner" part -- but I did read up and in a couple of articles on Runner's World I read that "most runners consume between 3000-5000" mg of sodium each day. (Although they really didn't mention if this was GOOD or not hahahaha) Another article answered the question of how much by stating that a runner should be fine with up to 3000mg of sodium per day.

Anyone have any other info on this? I think I'm gonna change my focus from between 1300-2300 and just worry about it if I'm consistently over 3000 (like this past week). If most days I'm between 2300-2500, and only occasionally higher, I think I'm gonna accept that as par for the course. :)

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LOBO1978_2000 8/1/2008 2:49PM

    Not a runner so I could not help you on that. I heard you need salts for electrolytes..is that the same thing.

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LANC92 8/1/2008 9:53AM

    Here's the scoop: some runners actually have to take salt tablets while running to avoid cramping. So, if you're an extra salty runner, i.e. your running clothes look white-ish after a long run, you can safely take in more salt and probably should. Otherwise, just stick with around 2-3000 and you'll be just fine!

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LILLIAN364 8/1/2008 9:42AM

    I think if you eat too much salt and you're exercise you excrete it in sweat. I recall having salt all over my body years ago when I exercised. I don't use as much salt now and I don't have as much salt in my sweat. I think the body does a good job regulating it. I don't watch my sodium intake. emoticon

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BRUIN2 7/31/2008 11:48PM

    BWAHAHAHHAA. One of my comments lead to research - I LOVE THAT!!

And I am soooo like Krissy. The amount of salt after a long run (and by that I mean anything more than 45 mins) is crazy. So keep doing what you're doing!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 7/31/2008 9:53PM

    I never worry much about sodium... I mean, I try to watch it a bit, but obviously I'm not worried if I'm sucking down some Gatorade every time I run lately - it's got it in it. So I do think that runners can handle a bit more than your average bear...


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SKYFYRE 7/31/2008 7:21PM

    I know I look like Frosty the Snowman after running from all the salt that I've sweated out and then it dry's on me, ick, I know! Double Ick: My dog always tries to lick it of for me :P

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Feeling fantastic! :)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

(That picture is the cute shirt I wore yesterday -- it doesn't do justice to the rich plum color but isn't it pretty?)

OK, maybe a liiiiittle tired since I woke up BEFORE 7AM this morning. YES. :D

I got up, made DH's lunch, and got myself ready to go RUN!!! WOOHOO!!

The fact that I did this at ALL this morning was enough to make me feel very proud and satisfied with myself. I've been feeling like a bit of a slacker for some reason lately -- I think it's cause I missed my long run last week and the other runs were so THUMBS DOWN but anyway...

Well not only did I get up and run early in the AM, but I did 5.15miles again. :D WOOHOO!!!!!!!!! And I knocked a couple minutes off of last time! :D YAY! And I even think I went the harder way (same loop, different direction for variety). :D

My muscles are feeling nice and sore, and I'm feeling that awesome sense of accomplishment. It's worth being a little tired.

Well anyway, I was looking at my nutrition tracker just a moment ago and I realized my sodium was over 3000 each day for the entire week. WHAT?!?!?! I know there are some things (like beef jerky) that are high in sodium, but I wasn't sure what else was going on. So I looked at my summaries for each day to identify the unknown culprits. Sadly -- The PORTOBELLO ROLLUPS are REALLY high in sodium, and the other day I had them for lunch AND dinner. So that's culprit number one.

Culprit #2 - COTTAGE CHEESE. OH MAN. This one surprised me but I guess I should have known -- it was too much of a healthy dream come true! 390mg per serving. UGH.

Culprit #3 - Pretzel Sticks. DUH. For some reason I thought I remembered looking at them and seeing some number in the 100-200 range... but no, 400 per serving (and actually since I'm using a different brand now and didn't change since the cal's are the same, the new brand I just found out is 580mg per serving. BLAST!)

Culprit #4 - Frozen Veggies - OK I knew that.

Culprit #5 - Sausages. Ok I knew that, too.

But I forgot that I didn't change my nutrition tracker last night -- I WAS going to have sausages and veggies last night, but instead it's on for tonight so that's two days in a row. Although last night I had some wraps with sandwich ham in them (high sodium known offender) and a side of .... guess what? PRETZEL STICKS. HAHAHAHAA.

So what will I do? Well -- now that I'm aware of them I'm going to try to enjoy them separately and not all on the same day. I don't think it's feasible to just cut certain items out of my diet -- like cottage cheese. It has so many GOOD things about it that outweigh the bad. And for an occasional sub for fresh veggies, I don't mind the extra sodium of the microwave veggies. Or the sodium from the sausages. But I definitely don't want to have such high sodium days all week long forever and ever. ;) hahaha.

As far as the pretzel sticks go -- I don't often eat them alone - I usually dip in PB or Laughing Cow cheese or something, and I'm not the biggest fan of the salt anyway. I'm going to look for lightly salted or unsalted pretzel options in the future. Also the bigger pretzel rods have less salt because there's less surface area -- so that's an option to consider as well.

Edited to Add: Now that I fixed yesterday, it's over 4000mg!!!

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SLCOLMAN 8/1/2008 10:53PM

    That shirt is super cute!!

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KMKMOM 8/1/2008 9:40PM

    Glad you're feeling great! You look great, too. What a cute top! I'm scared to see how much my sodium intake is, so I try not to look. I'm trying to stay away from processed foods, because I know that they're big culprits but sometimes convenience wins out over healthfulness.

Thanks for the fat suggestions in my blog. I'll give them all a try. I've never even tried avocado before. Isn't that pathetic? I'm also glad to hear about another deficit tracking success story. Something about it appeals to my scientific side. I hope you have a great weekend!


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SKYFYRE 8/1/2008 12:49AM

    Hahaha! You are SO ASTUTE!!! Look at you checking your sodium even! Your emoticonThanks you!

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WOLFKITTY 8/1/2008 12:19AM

    SUPER CUTE! I came over to look at your new before pics, and found this in your Album. I love it!

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4565S568SDS 7/31/2008 6:50PM

  My husband was cooking over the weekend and insisted on adding salt to whatever it was that he was making. It nearly made me gag. I haven't actually added salt to *anything* since May. (And I had cut back before that.) However, sodium has always been my downfall. I don't have high blood pressure so I figure as long as it's under 3500mg a day, I'm fine. That's not easy to do most of the time. EVERYTHING has massive quantities of sodium, especially if it's low fat. I've actually stopped buying a lot of nonfat stuff because of the crazy amounts of sodium in it.

Also, you are adorable. I cannot wait to wear a body-hugging shirt that's hugging for all the right reasons.

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MARLIE13 7/31/2008 5:36PM

    Cute cute top! Luvs it! About the sodium...I thought I'd heard that keeping it below 2000 mg a day is good....1500 is better. So your 3,000 in a week? I would think you're doing pretty good. Unless you dropped a zero accident?

Great job on the RUN! WHOOHOOO!

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JAYMATTER 7/31/2008 5:32PM

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ODETOLIFE 7/31/2008 4:55PM

    OMG. You are such a slacker.

t it girl. lol!!

I'll see you next week. You're doing great you know.

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/31/2008 4:44PM

    Frozen veggies shouldn't have that much sodium, not to make it a big deal. It's better than canned. But of course, fresh is the best. I say the frozen veggies can stay, but everything else use in limited quantity. BTW, you look great!

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    Look at that teensy waist! You're looking fabulous, and I LOVE the shirt!

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LYNNETH7 7/31/2008 3:46PM

    I love cottage cheese
I love cottage cheese
I love cottage cheese
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I love cottage cheese
I love cottage cheese
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BOTZZZ 7/31/2008 3:46PM

    I hope the day comes when I run 5.15 miles and feel like a slacker! lol Your new pic looks great! you have done a job on yourself let me tell ya :P You know what needs fixing and I know that You will fix it (sodium) otherwise great job as always.

As Ever

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CURVES_N_CURLS 7/31/2008 3:42PM

    Goodness, gracious! Look at that tiny waist!!! :)

(Funny how you're as slim-looking at 165 as I am at 135... I'm jealous of your height!)


S. Thanks for the SparkMail with the recipe - you rock!!!

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BRUIN2 7/31/2008 3:17PM

    YAY for your fabulous run!!!! Woot woot.

And you need salt - you're a distance runner now!

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I didn't let the curveball throw me.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Today did not really go as planned... my morning was totally thrown to pieces by me waking up about an hour and a half later than I thought I would... WHOOPS. :P

My DH usually gets up at 7AM on M-W, but this morning I woke up at about 8:30 and he was getting done with showering. I totally did not even hear his alarm or him getting going, even though it was obviously later than 7AM when that happened. I guess I really needed that sleep!

By the time we get going I've agreed to do a couple of errand type thingies for my DH and it's already 10 past 9 and HOT AND HUMID as all get out. :P BOO!

I had planned to run outside for my medium length run today and hadn't run since last Thursday so I REALLY NEEDED IT.

BUT! Rather than throw in the towel, I revamped my plan.

Instead of my medium run, I opted for speedwork. With my speed sessions I can hit the indoor track since the distance is not too long so turning all those loops is not unbearable. :D YAY!!!!!!!

So I did 2 miles PLUS a warmup/cooldown. My 2 miles only took 19:25. :D MY BEST PACE THUS FAR. WOOHOO!!! I didn't feel like I was killing myself either... I felt STRONG, capable and flat out powerful. WOOHOO!

Just gotta keep the revamped plan for the REST of the week in check and I'll be totally on track with my running. :D YAY!

Ate within my new higher range Monday. :) Made an AMAZING dinner last night. Of course, one of Ellie Krieger's recipes. Portobello Lasagna Rollups. SO GOOD. I actually had to revamp the portion division a bit since I only had 8 noodles to work with instead of 12, but I recalculated the nutrition facts using my ingredients in the Nutrition Calculator and my 2 rolls versus her 2 rolls is 530/500, same amount of fat. COOL! :D I had leftovers for lunch....... and that will be dinner as well. :D

I'm actually still full from lunch and usually I'd be getting hungry again by now. I estimated my calorie burn for the rest of the week and it will be around 2300, and if I'm short, I'll do something at home with the Netflix Player Box.

Have I blogged about this amazing creation yet?

It's a little box that will play things from Netflix Instant Viewing on your TV. :D I went to the computer, added a Jillian Michael's Cardio Kickboxing Video to the Instant Queue, went to the living room and DID IT. It was awesome. I have some other stuff added to the Queue already that I can try. :D YAY. I do love me some technology.

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MARLIE13 7/31/2008 5:38PM

    I did it again...somehow fell out of the loop that you were posting new blogs. Catching up now...lol! Netflix box, what is? Sounds very cool!

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ODETOLIFE 7/31/2008 8:30AM

    That box sounds really cool!!!
I'll have to investigate that.

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KIMCATUS 7/30/2008 8:27PM

    Oooh hey how's that Cardio Kickboxing DVD? I have it in my Blockbuster queue (but I told DH we could rest some "real" movies before I get any more exercise DVD's)...anywho 'grats on changing up your plan to suit your needs!! Always good to be flexible!

Oh and I got a little excited thinking your blog was about baseball....*sinff*

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LANC92 7/30/2008 3:26PM

    I am just amazed at how great you're doing! And, I'm a teensy bit jealous that you're at maintenance (well, actually, I'm probably jealous of the extra calories you get LOL) but I can't think of anyone who deserves it more.

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MDTWEETY 7/30/2008 2:21PM

    What are your favorite Ellie recipes? I've got her cookbook but haven't tried many of the recipes yet. I need to get on that... :)
I love her show.

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LOBO1978_2000 7/30/2008 1:19PM

    That's one cool box. I guess I have to wait for the streams from XBOX live later this year.

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MISSHOLLYDAE 7/30/2008 12:20PM

    That box sounds frickin awesome. We have netflix, but we wait for the mail. Their delivery system is fantastic as well, we usually get it 1-2 days after we order it/send back the other movie. But a box that lets you watch instantly!!! Want it! Maybe have my DH look into it, lol. One question, if you know, when you get movies do you still get the DVD extras? Like commentary, deleted scenes and stuff like that? That would be the deal breaker at my house, we love that stuff!

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SLCOLMAN 7/30/2008 12:03AM

    That Netflix box sounds cool! Glad to hear that you didn't "throw in the towel" but instead di the "revap"!! That is awesome!

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SMURFETTE0725 7/29/2008 9:49PM

    That's right Girl!! You made it happen!!! ROCK ON!!!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 7/29/2008 9:45PM

    Glad you liked my low-res belly pic - happy to oblige! :)

You sound so excited and full of life lately... Love your blogs; they make me smile! :)

The Hungry, Hungry Preggo is very curious about that recipe... Sounds DELICIOUS, girl!

And as for the Netflix box - that's cool, too! We have a DVR here, and me being from the hick-town sticks - well, it's like the best thing since sliced bread to me... Rewinding TV? Say it ain't so! LOL!

Have a wonderful night, girl. :)


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I AM -- a maintainer. :)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Based on the advice of the SparkPeople article "Your Nutrition Plan for Maintenance" I adjusted my "Weight Loss Goals" and came up with my nutrition plan for maintaining.


That's the link to that article, it's also in my favorites if that doesn't work.

So I left my calories burned per week at 2300, which I might adjust, but for now I'm going to leave it the same because I think I've been meeting or exceeding that pretty consistently.

SO! Wanna hear what it said I'm eating now???

Cal: 2000-2350
Fat: 50-88
Carbs: 256-366
Protein: 60-197


I think I'm definitely gonna be aiming to the bottom of that range especially at first to see how it works for me. It's going to definitely be a time of experimentation to see what works for me. I had some different excercise this weekend than I anticipated -- no long run, but I did a workout video from Jillian Michael's on my ROKU Netflix player box! IT WAS AWESOME. :D Some Cardio Kickboxing thingie. And then later I had to go to the gym to get my swimsuit for swimming in someone's pool that evening, so I decided to make it worthwhile and did some ArcTrainer and tried a NEW bike they have -- Expresso.net? It has a computer screen and it shows you tracks and trails and whatnot. You can also shift gears. I think I will be using it because it felt a LOT HARDER than the regular stationary bike -- oh and you steer, too. It's not one of the kind I've seen online that incorporate actual leaning, but you do turn the handlebars.

ANYWAY. And I also played in a pool for hours which was so much fun. :)

Then yesterday I was going to do my long run, but I was soooooo sore. So I decided I needed a day off. This morning I did part of the Project Mayhem Challenge -- I want to do it fully.

It's a countdown challenge -- starting at 20 reps working down to a circuit of 1 rep each -- Pushups, Squats, Dips, Flutter Kicks, Lunges. (I think that's it.) I did 3 circuits, so I only got down to sets of 18 before I had to start getting ready to leave -- but that was a time thing. I will spend more time on it next time I do it so I can see how far I can really go.

For those who are curious, my weight was up a little this morning, but I'm chalking it up to some bad food choices Friday and Saturday. Not so much overeating, just the types of food. It's a fluctuation. I've decided to leave my ticker as a monument to my achievement, and only adjust it if I start weighing consistently above my maintenance range of 165-170, at which point I will work on losing again. :)


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SKYFYRE 8/1/2008 12:52AM

    Holy Toledo! You have been blogging all this time and I haven't been getting any notices! Grrr! I will have to check everyone elses page to see if I am missing theirs too!

Anywho, Dana, YOU ROCK!!! I want to be a maintainer too, and I love checking in to your page for inspiration! AWESOME!!!

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MARLIE13 7/31/2008 5:40PM

    That bike sounds awesome! I want one at my gym now!

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OWLWHO 7/31/2008 10:51AM

    Way to go! Thanks for sharing your ideas and stories with us. I have been inspired!

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ODETOLIFE 7/31/2008 8:27AM

You're such an inspiration!
Thanks so much for all of your little comments, they are a big deal to me!

I am so proud of you. Where you've come from, where you are going, and how you have gotten where you are...its so amazing what we are capable of if we just give it some time, and a chance.
When I crawl all the way back, I am going to keep checking your old blogs on a daily basis. There's got to be so much to learn from you!
Thank you. I love the new you!
I'm aiming...my targets are set, but I'm going to let that bullet be as slow as it needs to be. I don't like crashing. I kinda crashed this summer, but I know it was for a reason. I am aware of it now, and I can walk forward again, and not give up. Thanks in part to you!

So, thanks again! YEY! This has to be so exciting for you. I'm so happy!



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LYNNETH7 7/29/2008 11:19PM

    2,000 calories, yummeh! Congrats again on entering MAINTENANCE MODE... I'll be joining you in a mere 2 years... lol

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CATIATM 7/29/2008 8:11PM

    I made poor choices the past three days and am paying dearly for it. I'm up 8 pounds! (Although, strangely, my total % of body fat has gone down.) So, it's back to basics to make sure I don't completely derail.

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CECE0330 7/29/2008 5:16PM


very time i feel like throwing in the towel, i think of you & others on Spark who have beat the odds, and changed your lives so dramatically. You know how it's easy to look at people and think "oh sure, they were probably BORN with good genes." lol. Nope, some people busted their humps to get to the place they want to be.

So WOO HOO! to you! Man, and I soooo was not thinking that once i get to goal, I can up my calories. Holy crap! It will feel so luxurious! So this mean little 1300-1400 calories a day isn't for life! That's motivation alone! ;D

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MISSHOLLYDAE 7/29/2008 4:30PM

    Absolutely fantastic stuff! I can't imagine what it must be like going back to a 2,000 calorie diet after extended periods eating 1,200-1,500 a day. I bet that will nice having more breathing room when planning your meals each day though. Ah things to look forward to someday, planning a 2,000 calorie day when you actually know what good stuff to eat as well!

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LILLIAN364 7/29/2008 7:39AM

    Great job. Over 2000 calories a day. Wow!

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AKASHA66 7/29/2008 3:53AM

    Yippee! Yeah for you, but that really does sound like a lot of food, doesn't it?!

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4565S568SDS 7/28/2008 10:18PM

  That's a lot of food. Dang.

Seriously, congratulations on making it. That's awesome.


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MDTWEETY 7/28/2008 10:15PM

    How exciting to be in the maintenance stage! YAY!!
You've got much cooler machines at your gym than my gym has. Last week I complained to the front desk about the fuzzy TV screens on EVERY treadmill downstairs. WTF??? I like the classes much better. Tomorrow morning I am going to try water aerobics. Never done it before, so we'll see how it goes. I hope there will be someone around my age in the class.
Have a nice evening!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 7/28/2008 7:08PM

    Ooh - welcome to 2,000+ calories per day!

Trust me, you'll get used to it. ;-)


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BRUIN2 7/28/2008 5:53PM



How freaking cool. And look at you burning 2300 cals a week - that's crazy impressive!!

The new bike at your gym sounds fabulous!!!

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