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Ready for the Weekend!

Friday, September 05, 2008

So I'm sitting here at work, wearing my FSU headband thingie -- like a Garnet Gold White and Black macrame design with feathers and beads on long tails that reach down to my booty. :D -- and waiting for work to be over.

My work decided that every Friday is "FRIDAY FOOTBALL FRENZY" or something like that... we're allowed to wear hats/shirts/jerseys supporting our favorite football team. So GO NOLES!

I did go and fartlek this morning -- just a bit. It was like a one mile warmup and second mile with a few bursts of speed. I was so sore -- still a bit sore. I've burned (according to all estimates) 1908 of my 2000 per week calorie burn goal, so I will definitely go over that, but I'm not sure what I want to do this weekend yet. I should run again to make it 3 a week, but I think I might want to wait and just run again starting Monday to get a better schedule going for next week and not be too tired/worn out to start on Monday. I will do SOMETHING tomorrow -- I'm thinking a video on the instant netflix viewer unless DH would like to go to the gym with me.

  
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SLCOLMAN 9/7/2008 10:52AM

    LOL I just have to say WAR EAGLE!!!! Go Auburn :)

Love ya!

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GRACEFULTURTLES 9/6/2008 11:58AM

    I'm love our sophomoric sense of humor! I giggle on the inside whrn I hear fartlek too! But I love it! Especially good tunes and running on a downhill. Everyone looks at you like your crazy (or you just stole a purse). Awesome for the endorphins. I usually get a runners high after fartlekking.

Here's one, when I was in Denmark, we were driving on a highway with road construction and they had a few lanes closed. The sign posted to warn everyone said 'Fart Kontrol'. We had to swing around and go by it again to get a picture! No one thinks it's funny here in Germany other than my British friends. (The again the German translation for have a good trip is 'Gute Fahrt'

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MAHHCHU 9/6/2008 10:03AM

    Fartlek. I have no idea what this is.

Curse my naivete!
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HOPERY 9/5/2008 10:35PM

    Yep-the word makes me giggle too! Way to go. Can you keep a straight face while you do this workout? emoticon

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SKYFYRE 9/5/2008 9:58PM

    Heehee... "fartlek"... :) OK, I'm officially in 4th grade! haahahahhahahah!

You are one commited lady thanks for all the ongoing inspiration, persperation, and sillyness you bring to my life here on SP!

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CAROL_HOORAH 9/5/2008 9:32PM

    heyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I just wanted to say, you are so awesome!!!! :) :)

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RUSSELLORAMA 9/5/2008 8:46PM

    I'm glad I'm not the only person giggling at the word "fartlek." Congrats on your progress!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 9/5/2008 6:15PM

    I want to see a picture of your headband thingie!

When I was in track, I thought that fartlek was the funniest word EVER. Yeah, I was super immature...but come on. It was funny! Good workout too...

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Rockin it!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

OK.. so I was thinking of what to write and this quote from SNL popped into my head so I had to look it up...

It's that hilarious Amy Poehler character with one leg?? when she's on ANTM??? :)

"OK, here's why I'm the bomb. I'm super-fine, I'm round-the-clock horny, I'm rocking one leg...and I got a case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome...That's IBS for short, so take a walk, b****es, 'cause I can't!"

HAHAHHA ok.

I'm rockin serious cramps, totally sore, AND I forgot my lunch. JEALOUS???

Today has been so awesome. *thumbs down* It's actually been ok.

I feel in a good mood, just cataloguing the day makes it seem bad. HAHAHAHA :D But the awesome thing is I did Day 2 workout from MTC today, 2 circuits of everything, and completed it better than I did the first time with one circuit through. :) So it wasn't a one day thing. I really am more capable this time of doing the demanding excercises. My lunges were not lacking much in form at the very end -- surprising becuase I did a total of... 95 on each leg? And a ton of stair running and other wonderful leg killers? :) And my inner thighs were still starting out sore this morning.

It feels really good to be able to do these things, though, because it's almost like an affirmation -- yes! You ARE in good shape and better shape than before and all that good stuff.

Tomorrow is FRIDAY! YES!!! Plan to go and fartlek it out somewhere.

  
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BOTZZZ 9/5/2008 11:44AM

    Funny quote! lol and as always you are on point with the exercise and I can honestly say that you are an inspiration with what you have done and I don't toss that word around much. but you already know this :P

do what you do

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SANLONDON 9/5/2008 7:23AM

    Wow, now thats dedication. I know I'm still steadily building myself up into this change of lifestyle but I hope to get the same determination as you do - even when the finishline has been reached. 95 lunges on top of everything else? ...great work.

(heh. Amy Poehler brings the funny)

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MAHHCHU 9/4/2008 8:10PM

    Zircadia, you inspire me. I hope that I get to your leve of fitness sometime in the next year. Seeing the progress that you have made is impressive in itself, but I dig how you have taken it to the next level.

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BRUIN2 9/4/2008 5:08PM

    Bwahahaha - I love that you are going to go fartlek tomorrow. LOVE. IT.

Ok, if you can do Day 2, so can I.

Going to go do what I can in the basement now and do the sprints at my MILs tonight.

Thanks again for being my inspiration from afar!

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Well, I am SORE.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Yesterday I was feeling really good after doing my MTC stuff, this morning when I woke up I felt a little stiff but the main thing was my inner thighs were SO SORE!!!!!! WOWIE!

Everything else that was sore was kinda background mild soreness, but my inner thighs were screaming. Then TOM kicks it into high gear and sends in the cramps.

JOY! And now it's time to run! :D Well. I DID IT. I went out and got running. Reminded myself that cardio helps the cramps and kicked my butt outside.

I only ran 2.6 miles, but that's longer than I've run since before I got sick, and it was my first run outdoors. I didn't get out there until just after 10AM, but it was nice out. Breezy and slightly overcast. I'm not sure if this is due to the seasons actually changing (I HOPE I HOPE), or if it's just the recent weather -- the hurricane and all. Either way, it was nice. My muscles were burning, but it helped a bit I think.

I was thinking as I was running about something MISSHOLLYDAE brought up jokingly in a comment on my last blog -- why am I pushing so hard now that I'm in maintenance??? Since I was thinking about it today and I answered her I figured I should also write about it here because I was asking myself the same question today.

Not that I was upset with myself like, UGH, THIS SUCKS or anything, just idly thinking as I ran past some chick going out to her car, or the girls walking to the pool... like... I could maybe run 1 mile a few times a week, do 2 full body ST sessions and maintain. I'd have to eat a bit less than I do now for sure, but it would definitely be manageable. Why am I pushing myself through MTC and pushing my running working toward that 10K?

Well! First thing -- I'm not done improving my fitness.

I have reached a weight goal, but not my fitness aspirations. I'd like to reduce my body fat % more (although I don't know what it currently is, I know I have some fat around that can leave thank you very much!), and I want my muscles stronger and more defined. That will not happen with just routine excercise -- I've got to push myself.

I do want to reach new goals in running -- I have speeds to increase, distances to lengthen... :D

And finally -- where would this glorious sense of accomplishment be if I was just farting around each week??? :D

HAHAHA. Eventually I'm sure I will need to reduce my workout efforts out of practicality. I'm sure when I have kids my priorities will be a little different. Right now it's DH, health/fitness, work, otherfunstuff.... And my time constraints will change. Not that I work out hours a day now or anything, but working out 5-6 days a week may be less feasible. I'm sure I will find other ways to challenge myself by finding new ways to excercise, etc.

But for now, I'm really actually enjoying putting hard work in toward reaching new fitness levels and seeing myself improve. I love how ably I completed my workout yesterday -- yes it was challenging but it wasn't murderous. :)

Anyway. I think that sums it up.

  
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MISSHOLLYDAE 9/4/2008 11:45AM

    Wow I made an appearance in your blog. O.O

/is honored

Lol. But seriously I'm glad you know that was a joke, I definitely didn't think you were doing anything wrong. I am glad you explained it too, because it reminds me that just hitting that number of my weight goal isn't the end for actual fitness. We can all be so obsessed with numbers that we sometimes forget that there can be more to it.That is something that you addressed nicely without even meaning to it seems, lol. But seriously keep up the good work, I would be horrified if my silly little comment made you second guess yourself or your goals.

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WHATAGRL42 9/3/2008 10:07PM

    Hey, enjoy the freedom to push yourself!

The kids come, and they do sports........and then your challenge is to actually do something other than sit in the bleachers and WATCH your kids being active. The only soreness I often get is bleacher butt.

I actually LOVE the doms! Makes me feel like things are working, growing, burning, toning!!! I think it's great you aren't feeling "done"!

Lisa
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LOBO1978_2000 9/3/2008 9:03PM

    Feel the Burn girl.

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MAHHCHU 9/3/2008 8:44PM

    Grats on the clarity. It's nice to get those glimpses into our own motivations!

All this talk of TOM... took me weeks to figure out what you women were talking about. Figured you all had a vendetta against that dude who is your automatic friend from MySpace!

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Keep that burn coming!

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SKYFYRE 9/3/2008 8:12PM

    Dana, I love what you wrote here. Our goals aren't just a number they are a lifestyle and about acheivment! You said this so well! You are a skinny gorgeous lady with a Triathlete somewhere inside her, if you don't push, she can't be let out!

Go Girl! You are and athlete now and that is why you push it to the limit!

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HOPERY 9/3/2008 6:45PM

    Great work! Can't wait until I can be in maintenance. You have so many more good choices you can make and new goals to set now. Never quit-and I agree with Breigh-You Rock!

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 9/3/2008 4:38PM

    Dana, Your blogs ARE SO motivational! And I think it was Sparkpeople where I read that one of the keys to long term success with maintenance is too continually set goals. Really sore inner thighs? That's awesome! One of my most troublesome spots. Keep up the good work, and spreading the spark to others through your blogs and posts! You rock.

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SANLONDON 9/3/2008 3:51PM

    One of the reasons that I check your blog regularly Dana is not only that you are quite a few steps ahead of me on the learning curve but also that you also done did it! You lost over a 100lbs and you still have a great mental attitude and haven't lapsed into complacency.

Keep up the great work maintaining your loss and your new fitness goals.

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MARLIE13 9/3/2008 3:37PM

    LOVE this blog! Thank you, because it really summed up for me a lot of why I'm still pushing myself so hard (or being so hard on myself when I'm not pushing...you know?) Anyway...just reading through the rest of your blogs that I got behind on for a bit there....

Have a kick butt day!

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BOTZZZ 9/3/2008 3:37PM

    I hear ya on the reaching a fitness goal thing, I myself can't wait until I can lift weight again, not that I can't lift now but losing the weight is the main goal and gaining muscle while losing large amounts of weight is kind of opposites so here I am :)

Keep doing your thing until you hit your goals and keep in mind that the Dana that gained all of the weight did not run all of the time, did not eat right and look where it got her. continuing exercise and smart diet is essential in keeping the weight off. keep doing what you are doing.

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MDTWEETY 9/3/2008 3:24PM

    I love your determination! I think I've told you that before though.
You go girl!!
Hey, were you the one who mentioned the JM radio show at one point? I don't remember where I heard about it, but I would like to check it out. Do you know where to find it? Thx. :)

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BRUIN2 9/3/2008 2:59PM

    Have I told you lately that YOU ROCK?!?

YOU DO!

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LYNNETH7 9/3/2008 2:50PM

    YES
I can't wait til I get to the point physically that you are now. I've resolved to take an entire year off from all forms of dating just to focus on myself and hopefully ingrain these habits into my lifestyle. STUPID MEN! they won't screw me up :P

I want to see exactly what my limits are and how much I can turn my life around in this year. Thank you for being a continual inspiration, and good luck with your goals!

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Still on the Maintain Train!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

So this week is TOM, and I somewhat reluctantly weighed today, but I was feeling good, and I've been a very good girl, and it showed. Nicely within the middle of my range so WOOHOO. :)

So I recall writing that today I was going to run and then do mMTC Day one...

Well... after waking up this morning I started getting all NERVOUS and ANXIOUS about Making the Cut day one!!! The first time I went through the program Day One ALLLMOSt had me in that pukysick place where you push yourself OVER your limit. And I had to take a break, cool down, and take the rest of it in less of a pushpushpush mode.

The workout consists of 5 Circuits, each one containing usually 3-4 ST moves and a minute of cardio. Well, the book suggests going through each circuit TWICE for a more intense workout. So back to me, months ago, Day One -- I only did the circuits once through and it was still the most intense workout I had ever done and I almost puked. HAHAHAHA

So fast forward to today and I'm like running and THEN mMTC??? WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I decided that in order to be able to give my all and really go through the circuits twice like I wanted to, it'd be better NOT to run beforehand. So I didn't. Running will take place tomorrow.

As for today's workout -- totally kicked my butt. But I have to say, the comparison to the first time through is really amazing. This time I was soaked in sweat, muscles burning... but feeling GOOD. I did not once feel like I was gettng dizzy/sick/vomity none of that. And that's doing every circuit twice. The workout took me almost exactly one hour. I've tracked it as "Circuit Training" on SP's Cardio Tracker, which gives me 672 calories burned for that. NICE! :D I would also like to say I LOVE the kickbutt feeling of going around the gym working myself out HARD. Yeah that's right, check me out, I rock. :P hahahaha Except when I'm doing Burpies or Squat Thrusts -- then I hide down a Stretching Hallway.

I brought food to eat afterward at work and got here a little early to eat and read before starting the grind. So now I'm worked out, feel fueled, and just waiting for the day to go by. :) HAHAHAHA. Can you tell I just LOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEE my job? *sarcasm*

I forgot my work shoes AGAIN. :P

P.S. - I'm not vegetarian, I just didn't buy meat yesterday (mentioned in the last blog) because I had stocked up the week before at Sam's Club. :) hehehe. I mostly eat poultry if anything (ground turkey and chicken breasts) some tilapia and shrimp... and occasionally some red meat.

  
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BOTZZZ 9/3/2008 10:23AM

    Keeping at it with the maintain mode :) I expected nothing less though so no surprise. I am glad to see that you can do it and not feel bad about it or like its too hard which is much too often the case, keep on keepin on (I know you will) and I hope to be maintaining with ya come some time next year ;).

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MISSHOLLYDAE 9/3/2008 10:01AM

    Wow that workout sounds insane! Great job completing it. Tell me again why you're working so hard while in maintenance? Lol. I know you are doing the right thing, but man you're making some of us look bad, haha. Just kidding, we love you!

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ORANGE-AVOCADO 9/2/2008 10:27PM

    Haha! Getting to buy new clothes for maintenance is a GREAT reward! Nice job, there! As for the HRM... maybe you can just splurge? Or if that makes you feel too guilty, you could set a "been consistent at maintenance for 3 months" goal or something. The 10K sounds good as well.
I'm usually terrible at rewarding myself, too, but in the opposite way - I'll just go buy/get the reward when I get impatient, or get pretty close! Definitely trying to break that bad habit this time!

PS- Your workouts sound INTENSE! Great work!!

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KMKMOM 9/2/2008 9:34PM

    Great job on that maintenance! I've heard that can be harder than the actual weight loss.

Good luck with MTC. It sounds like you're much stronger now and will be even stronger when it is over.

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MUSIQLUVER 9/2/2008 9:21PM

    Dude, that fact that it's TOM & you're still kickin' butt in workouts is totally enough to keep me motivated, for real! You go superwoman! All aboard!!! :-)

"All aboard the choo choo train. All about the choo choo train. All aboard the choo choo train. All aboard - All aboard. Choo Choo!!!" - Courtesy Choo Choo Soul - Disney Channel. hehehehe!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/2/2008 6:08PM

    choo choo!

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BRUIN2 9/2/2008 6:01PM

    Wooot wooot!!

You ROCK!

I forgot about some of the goofy moves - those squat thrusts? Not my favorite...

And now I'm getting all panicky because I'm going on a business trip next week, and had planned on doing MTC at the hotel gym, but I'm fearful that next week will have us doing crab walks and all that goofy stuff. AHHHH. Talk me out of this craziness Dana!!!!

Hope you have a great run tomorrow!!!!!

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LYNNETH7 9/2/2008 4:59PM

    sounds intsense!

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Thoughts on the weekend...

Monday, September 01, 2008

This weekend has been good!

Ate within calories, Worked out hard Saturday, got some more Bollywood style workout yesterday ( that thing kicks my butt... ugh. HAHAHA)...

I noticed yesterday at church in the morning that my upper arms/shoulders were REALLY sore!! I was like, what the crap? I haven't done any Strength Training since... I dunno, Thursday? Then later that day I did the Masala Bhangra workout DVD and I was like ow ow ow ow ow. I don't know if it's the cause, since I think I did it on WEDNESDAY, but wow. All the arm and shoulder bouncing was soooooooooooo painful. HAHAHA :D

My plan is to take today off, since it's a freaking Holiday and I have to be at work so I might as well take SOMETHING off, right? :D Then tomorrow start with the mMTC that's planned for September. :) I'm excited. Also want to run. I think it'll be pretty easy for me to get up early enough to run tomorrow since I've been getting up early all weekend. It's getting lighter later in the mornings, so I'm thinking I can get away with running not SUPERSUPER early either. Gonna make it my first regular run outside in a while. I'm not going for a long distance, just a nice easy run.

DID run indoors on Saturday -- got off work at 11AM, so running outdoors would have had to wait till evening and I knew if I put it off I'd be putting it off till another day. So I just did an easy 2 miles. Can't manage to run more than that indoors -- I just get so irritated and stir crazy running in that loop. :P

I finished the Twilight series on Friday. Now I'm trying to get back into the Dresden Files stuff, but it's taking me a while... my brain has not quite switched modes yet. :) But time for that today.

After grocery shopping! Hopefully this isn't too hard... Luckily I don't have to buy any meat. I'm concerned what with the hurricane. People around here freak out (although I'm sure we're only getting some rain in my area, we're way out of range of the main stuff)... but like I said, people freak out. That combined with those who aren't freaking out who are probably having BBQ's, I'm not sure what I'm gonna find at the store. :) But luckily I'm not going for too much stuff...

  
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CHASINGPAVEMENT 9/2/2008 11:11AM

    im so glad your weekend was a sucess!

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SANLONDON 9/2/2008 8:58AM

    Sounds like you did some pretty hardcore Bangra-ing (is that even a word??).

I'm currently doing the the no meat thing right now too and seeing if I can be a vegetarian ...we'll see how long that lasts!

I love The Twilight Zone (especially the really old episodes - that one with William Shatner on a plane is probably my fave one) Is the Dresden Files similar to The X-Files?

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SLCOLMAN 9/1/2008 7:43PM

    Sounds like a good weekend all in all. Sorry to hear about the sore shoulders and upper arms!

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ORANGE-AVOCADO 9/1/2008 6:13PM

    Hey, thanks for the "welcome back"! What's the bollywood style workout? It sounds intriguing... although if it's making *you* sore, I'm sure it would kick my butt! I hope you enjoyed your holiday, and have a good upcoming week!

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WOLFKITTY 9/1/2008 2:44PM

    I'm glad you're safe from the hurricane! Hope you have a great "day off"! :D

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SKYFYRE 9/1/2008 2:23PM

    Yea! What a great feeling, and then not at the same time! emoticon

I hope that you are hurricane free, that would be uber scary for me, I'll just stick to my earthquakes, Thank you!

Have a great day! You are doing so well!

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HEALTHYLIFE101 9/1/2008 12:22PM

    Congrats on the burn! Isn't it amazing how we can start to recognize the intricate power of our body once we put the muscle to good use? I listened to the audio version of Twilight and it was such a dramatic performance that I totally fell in love with the story. My graduate studies are too intense now for me to read the rest of the series, but I will in good time.

Lucy from Bento Buddies

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BRUIN2 9/1/2008 10:47AM

    Yay for the good burn!!

I'm so excited for MTC too!!!! I hope you'll post your daily thoughts about the workout - that was the BEST the last time we did this!!!

And is it still too hot for you to run during the day there? This morning it is close to freezing here - blech. Winter is coming....

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MAHHCHU 9/1/2008 10:05AM

    I finished up Twilight on Saturday. Read Breaking Dawn at one sitting... wasn't sure how I felt about the end.

It left me satisfied, but unsure that I WANTED to be satisfied. Weird.

Enjoy your holiday working, and really enjoy your day off. It is well deserved!
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HOPERY 9/1/2008 9:56AM

    No meat? Are you a vegetarian too? Good job on the workouts. Hope your arms feel better soon, but with MTC they may feel sore for a while. Have a great week!

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