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Monday, April 15, 2013

Hi friends! So I ended up joining the gym I was interested in - something I never thought I would do. I'm finally getting back into a routine, and I've been dragging my butt to the gym three nights a week after work. I'm proud of myself - my job moved me from the local store 4 miles away from my house (where the gym was on my way home) to the store located 30 miles away (where the gym is NOT on my way home), so I'm happy that I'm making myself go (and for the most part, I am enjoying it). For the first time last week, I met my goals and then some for fitness minutes (exceeded by 100 minutes or so), calories burned (exceeded it by 500 calories) and miles (exceeded by 7 miles). Woo!

I got new tats! In my last blog, I mentioned how I wanted to get a tattoo of Baby's paw print, and I got it on my birthday a few weeks ago! I also got lyrics to one of my favorite songs, "Swim" by Jack's Mannequin, in the same day. A few months ago, I saw the lead singer of JM live, and it was one of the greatest concert experiences of my life. (One thing you must know about me - I love concerts. A lot a lot a lot.) After the show, I met him and asked him to write out my favorite line of "Swim" so that I could get it tattooed in his handwriting. It's absolutely perfect, and it means so much to me. The fact that I got it the same day as I got my tattoo for Baby makes it extra special - the song is about getting through the rough times, and losing Baby was the hardest thing I've had to endure in YEARS, so it was all appropriate. Here's a picture of them.

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FITBECKSRN24 5/13/2013 7:41AM

    Love jm!! There first album is my favorite. Especially rescued. I am also a huge fan of something corporate when he was with them as we'll :)

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MRS.CARLY 5/11/2013 10:02PM

    Love the tats, and I love the idea for Baby...actually I have a 12 year old dog that I am VERY VERY VERY attached to, and her name is baby as well. I am totally going to do something special when she passes on. Just thinking about losing her makes me cry so my heart hurts for you!

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MRS.CARLY 5/11/2013 10:01PM

    Love the tats, and I love the idea for Baby...actually I have a 12 year old dog that I am VERY VERY VERY attached to, and her name is baby as well. I am totally going to do something special when she passes on. Just thinking about losing her makes me cry so my heart hurts for you!

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LISSASLOSINIT 5/6/2013 11:11AM

    the best tattoos are the ones full of personal meaning. I'm sorry you've had some hard times lately, Kristen, and I'm sorry I'm behind on my blog reading, but you are strong and I know you'll come out on top. I had my first cat for 18 years (we got him when I was 3 and he was just a kitten) and when we made the choice to euthanize (he also had cancer), it was the hardest thing. I don't think I've ever been so saddened by anything in my life. I still think of him often. I hope your tattoo will help keep him in your heart and ease some of the pain. I'm always around if you need a chat! Even though I do have a human child of my own, my pets have always been a huge part of my life- they really are my babies.

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KATHANN2 4/23/2013 12:34PM

    That is so awesome that you got yourself to go to the gym even though it was not easy! KUDDOS! I love the tats, they look great. Keep up the good work. I bet you feel awesome when you leave the gym!

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CLHENDY1 4/17/2013 8:23AM

    Good for you for staying motivated and going to the gym even if it's not convenient.

I love the meaning behind your tattoos. I got a tattoo for my dog that passed away. Means more to mean than any other tattoo I have.

Sorry for your loss.

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ELISELOVE1 4/16/2013 2:05PM

    emoticon on fitness . sorry for your loss .

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ALLIEALLIE2 4/16/2013 1:10PM

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MCFITZ2 4/15/2013 10:07PM

    Sorry for your loss of baby. They become such a part of our lives. emoticon

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