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1/28/15 9:48 P

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Yikes, I am sorry to hear you had to chase someone down and are not having much luck finding a daily driver.

Sorry for the slow response, I have spent the last 2 days in the hospital with my mum, she had her breast cancer removed yesterday, the entire left side, all tissue and first and second level lymph nodes in her armpit. She is home tonight, comfy in her own bed, so I might actually sleep a little bit tonight.

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1/23/15 9:49 P

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Ouch! I know my cashflow will start hurting once I move into my apartment..

The 1.4 Micra got sold, another one I looked at got sold, and so did a third one.
There's one 1.4 left but it's at a car dealership that's known for selling cars that have been crashed and badly repaired (they'll put a new bumper on and sell it, even if it's crooked underneath) so that's a no-go.

I'm currently out of cars to look at, unfortunately.

I also got in contact with the wrong side of a moving car yesterday.
I jumped but still got tapped by a car that didn't stop at a pedestrian crossing that I was walking on.. they didn't even stop after they hit me.
I literally chased the car down on foot and made them stop eventually.

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1/22/15 6:56 A

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oooh that would be a great little daily driver! I hope it works out for you.

We are going to work on budgeting better this year. Looks like the IRS doesn't like the new income and we came up short so we have to pay them $3,800 on April 15 this year :(

I already changed my tax documents for work so this shouldn't happen again, but now my paychecks are a bit over 200 less, that's 400 less a month :(

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1/21/15 6:52 P

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I have been so busy, I haven't topped those push-ups yet.. I'll get to that soon!
I did walk close to 13 miles last weekend, nice cardio. ;)

The search for a daily driver might come to an end this friday.
I'm going to look at a 2002 1.4 Nissan Micra.
Hopefully it's in good condition, if it is, my search is over!

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You better go top it then :)

Yeah I'm working on better hydration for sure!

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1/16/15 6:52 P

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Staying hydrated is very important for, all the reasons ever. ;)

I did a 4 mile walk today, took me an hour and five minutes.
I'm going to try and do 125 push-ups tomorrow. after doing 100 last saturday, a team member of my other sparkteam did 120.. I've got to top that!

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1/14/15 6:54 A

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I have been walking in the evenings, even with temps down into the 20s. The hubby says I'm crazy, but I'm determined to hit my 10k step goal daily. I've done it twice this week so far :) The goals is to hit it 5 out of the 7 days this week. I didn't make it on Monday...my back was really hurting so I took it easy for the evening.

I really need to work on hydration today. My walk last night resulted in a leg cramp so bad you could see the muscle deform on my leg. Usually that's a sign of dehydration and/or needing potassium from what I read.

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1/13/15 2:14 P

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there's only one way to do it, get into it!

Did a nearly 3 mile walk today to bring a little tupperware container back to my brothers house, his wife had left it at my parents' house after christmas dinner, and I decided that it was a good opportunity for a walk. :)
She called me crazy because wind speeds are insane and it had only just stopped raining, haha.

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1/11/15 11:22 P

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I need to get into beast mode. I want to be fit and healthy and strong.

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1/11/15 7:06 P

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My lower back still gets to me at times, luckily it's not affecting my push-ups too much. I did another 60 today. I'm going back to 'beastmode' with my exercise and diet.

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1/10/15 10:48 P

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That is pretty impressive...I should try that! I don't even know the last time I did a push up. It's hard to get down on the floor with the back pain. I really wish I could just snap my fingers and my back would be fixed. Lately it seems it just makes everything harder.

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I did 100 push-ups today. my arms are completely shot now! :)

I've been doing push-ups every single day for 574 days now. a minimum of 10 but I usually do about 35 daily. I decided to see if I could make it to 100, and I can. :D

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1/7/15 6:46 P

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I've had some lower back issues for years, that's why I've never done a workout video, they always include one or two things I just can't do.

I actually joined this website because it had a lot of fitness exercises that I could use to put my own routine together, and I'd know what muscle groups I'd be working on, and what exercises to add in order to make sure I get a good all-round exercise in.

As for cardio, that's all bike rides and a few walks, I've had two bike rides so far this week, adding up to a total of 45 minutes. When the weather gets better I will get back to 3 to 4 bike rides a week, 20 to 35 minutes on each of those rides. :)

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1/7/15 7:07 A

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A cheap daily is a great thing to have with a show car. Definitely try to garage her when you can, it will save you a lot of money on paint :)

My goals for this year, so far I'm trying to set fitbit goals, how many steps I can get in a day. I'm bringing my breakfast and lunch to work instead of eating out and trying to be more positive, with myself and to others. I want to start doing my workout videos again, but so far my back is not wanting that to happen.

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1/6/15 5:44 P

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My goals are to get back on track weight wise, I've actually been back on that wagon for 4 days now, I've had no snacks whatsoever and I've been drinking loads of water to start off with. My main form of cardio exercise is to do bike rides, and it's just too cold to get on my bike 3 to 4 times a week.. as soon as the weather allows it I'll be doing that again though.

Other goals.. get my Corolla showcar in a garage. The small damages from daily use aren't good for her, I'm getting a (partial warranty) respray near the end of February and I want to get my Corolla in a garage shortly after. I'll be getting a daily driver for everyday use.

I can't spend crazy amounts though, as my apartment will be finished around the summer, and I'll be spending a lot of money on getting the floors and walls done, and I need to buy all the furniture for it as well.

That's pretty much my goals/plans for this year.. How about you?

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1/3/15 10:15 A

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Yes indeed.
Do you have any goals for 2015?

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1/2/15 9:48 P

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Happy new year! :)
Let's make it a good one.

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i agree, if you mind is set on something, you will start it immediately and that's that, you shouldn't have to wait to a specific day to mak ea change, just start right then, when you know you are ready.

Well 2015 is upon us. Happy New Year!

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1/1/15 10:37 P

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Yup, and that really is the only way to get something done right.
Setting a goal, and instantly starting to work on it..

You can see the bad example all the time with smokers.. "I am going to stop smoking... after the weekend" or "I am going to stop smoking.. after I finish this pack". it just doesn't work.
Setting a goal and immediately working towards it will grant a much higher chance of actually succeeding. A friend of mine decided to stop smoking and threw his half-full pack of cigarettes right in the trash. That happened well over a year ago and he hasn't smoked since the moment he decided to quit. :)

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12/29/14 7:00 A

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You sound like me, when I'm ready to set a goal, I do it right then, not wait till a certain time to get started. If I wait, I am more likely not to start or be excited about that goal any more. These "resolutions" as they are called...I guess you could say I do them all year round, not just one day a year :)

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12/28/14 9:59 P

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I definitely cut my computer time down as well through this holiday, the things that happen outside of the computer screen are always more important than the things happening inside it. ;)

I don't do new years resolutions, if I decide to make a change then I don't need a certain date to start them, I think that forcing myself to start doing something new or making a major change on some predefined date will only result in failing to reach that goal.

The only way to stand a good chance at reaching a goal is saying "I'm going to make this change.... now!" and there's a huge chance that it'll be on a different day than Jan 1st. :)

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12/28/14 11:12 A

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I really tried to avoid my computer the week I was home in Arizona with my mum. I am on a computer all day every day for work and I just wanted to try and not rely on technology and spend time with family. That is why I was absent this week, sorry about that. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you are looking forward to 2015!

I don't really do resolutions, but are you making any resolutions for 2015?

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12/25/14 8:00 A

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Oh yeah once you get a routine in, it'll work quite well.

I just figured out my own schedule and got my routine in that way, which worked very well for me. there's more ways to reach a destination, and we all have a different one. :)

Hope you're having a nice Christmas!

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12/14/14 9:42 A

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Understood, it's not for everyone, but they seem to work for me. I just need to do them more often, that's for sure!
I'm working on planning my meals this week, see how I do eating wise by doing that. I will cook up a bunch of chicken later today.

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12/11/14 6:48 P

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I never really do videos and such because I like to do things my way.
I don't do cardio indoors, I do have a strength training routine that I can do in my room.

I just squeeze in bike rides whenever I can, it's not freezing at this moment and it might be dry on friday evening or saturday morning so maybe I'll be able to squeeze one in then.

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You could also do work out videos in your home, like any of the beach body series, Combat, etc? That way you could stay warm while you workout.

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12/4/14 6:11 P

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Oh the holiday season.. so easy to put weight on, so difficult to take it off!

Good luck with the routine, unfortunately I can't keep up with my bike riding routine at this time as it's just too cold to ride.. I switch to taking walks instead as that's more doable in the cold, but it takes up a lot more time to get the same results.

I am doing good on my push-up streak at least, I do 35+ push-ups every single day of the week, and have been doing them for well over 500 consecutive days. In fact today is day number 537. ;)

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I was going to wash the cars yesterday, but we ended up doing yard work instead.
It was 76 degrees here yesterday, and only 58 last night. I'm not sure when we will have another cold front come through.

I'm starting back on a routine today, so let's hope I can stick with it throughout December and get a few pounds off through the holidays!

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Yeah I've got my apartment that's under construction to my "toy money" isn't where it used to be either. That's why I got my airride before construction started! hehehe

I got my car in winter mode last saturday, just at the right timing because it's going to be freezing every single night from now on..

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hahaha, yeah it seems that wheels don't stick around long. I still have the BBS wheels in the garage that we need to clean and fix up and fit on the CT, we just haven't yet. They are a 3 part wheel so we are going to pull them apart and powder coat the inner piece blue, it should look pretty sweet when we get it done.
We are still saving up for the air ride for the CT, it just came out a few months ago and cheapest I've found it so far is 3k, with the hubby having surgery and helping my mom with cancer bills, toys are just not in the budget right now.

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I remember when my brother (the previous owner of my Corolla) ordered the Toyota Team Europe wheels brand new, Toyota Netherlands took several weeks to get a full set of four wheels together, they only had three brand new wheels in The Netherlands and had to import the fourth one out of a German Toyota dealership. that's how rare they were back in 2009.. hahaha

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Yeah I did what I could to try and help find one for him, I had no luck. I told them best bet is to call the manufacturer directly and see if maybe there is still one in the warehouse somewhere, and I sent him their website and phone number.

We had a couple cold weeks, then a lot of rain Friday and Saturday, then yesterday was gorgeous, it was like 70 degrees and sunny. It was nice to see all that sunshine when we hadn't for a couple weeks. I will definitely check out your pictures.

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It always hurts to hear about things like that, hopefully he can find a replacement wheel.. even our extremely rare Toyota Team Europe wheels still pop up from time to time. I know of a club member that smashed one wheel and he held on to the other three wheels, trying to find a fourth wheel to once again complete his set.. after about three years he finally managed to find one.

I put up another picture on the team wall, that's my current winter wheels (I give them a new design each year) but they're not actually on the car aside from that picture. as it's still too warm right now. This might be the last warm week of the year though.

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We had about a week where at night it was dropping to the 20s and the days were only in the 30s and 40s. It's warmed up some this week, 40s in the evening and 60s in the day. That is the kind of fall weather we are used to in Texas.

Because the weather here doesn't get very bad we don't swap out the wheels on the car. I did hear from the new owner of my old car, asking some questions. I was sad to hear he had rear ended someone in the car and now has curbed a wheel that it is cracked, the tire does not hold air and is not fixable. I've tried to help find a replacement for them, but it looks like the wheels is discontinued by XXR, and they might be SOL.

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The Corolla is all good to drive even through winter, though it'll be her last winter as I'm definitely getting a daily driver next year.

The weather is surprisingly warm, I'm still on my summer wheels right now, even last year (mildest winter so far) already had me driving on the winter set around this time..

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Awesome, sounds like you found a good shop.
Like I said we did all our work ourselves, so we do our own checkups. The weather here has been cold, high in 30s, which is unusual for TX, but a nice change to get to wear my cute sweaters and jackets. The xB though we don't drive it with freezing temps, the condensation in the air tank and such can freeze, so we have only been driving the Lexus this week.

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We're still having great weather here, I don't think it'll get cold until december comes around.

I took the Corolla to the custom shop that did my airride today. They gave the Corolla a free check-up to see if the system was still working right and hadn't rubbed on anything through the last six months. the check-up only took like ten minutes and everything was in great condition, I ended up hanging out at the shop for a good two hours before I actually went back home though.. hahaha

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It is a nice 70 today, but temps drop tonight as some cold front goes through, next few days will only have a high of 52. You will see the TX people pulling out coats like they live in Montana or something haha.

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Nice one! The total donation out of my company was just over 500 euros in the end, as the managers doubled the amount that got raised.

It's still in the 70's here during the daytime, we've got a "warm" week coming up.

I washed and waxed my car so it's ready for winter, now I just need to wait for it to get colder so I can put the winter wheels on.

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We are finally dropping to mid-high 40s at night here, but it's still in the 60-70s during the day. My mum is getting freezing temps at night in the mountains of AZ already though. I hope she is staying warm enough, I now the chemo she is getting makes your feel cold even more than normal.

I got my first donation for my 60 mile walk next year for breast cancer. I was happy about that!

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It's about 55 degrees at best now..

That's just about warm enough to do things outside,
but just about too cold to do them for too long!

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Yeah, I myself have never done an engine, it was actually quite interesting to watch. There are so many parts to it before you get to actual block.
My knowledge of things I do myself are things like an oil change, change the brakes or rotors, I've done axle replacement, hoses, battery...basically your general maintenance wear and tear type stuff.

We actually got a temp drop here in TX, been down in the 40s at night and staying in the 60s during the day. It's a nice change for 90 degrees a little over a week ago.

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nice! I'd love to work on an engine but I don't think it'd be running after I had my hands on it! that sort of stuff gets a bit too technical for me, even though I'm happy that I can do more things by myself compared to a few years ago.

I'm currently refurbishing my winter wheels. there's not a whole lot of work that'll happen aside from that as winter is starting to come in and it's getting colder and rainier outside..

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It's that low life...haha

We got the engine my hubby was helping his friend rebuild for his WRX back into the car today...only a few more things to do, then tow it off to be tuned to run again :)

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that's a great amount to collect for sure!

I'm getting some more work done on my car now, painting the "YOKOHAMA" and "W.DRIVE" letters on the tires white, and I'm probably going to put the stock lip back on the bumper because I've ripped through the paint on the splitter that's on the bumper now, oops.

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No that is a fantastic amount! I've set up the food drive at work, and so far we have raised $1,224.00 dollars and 312 food items for the food drive, and the food drive is going until November 14th, so I still have time to collect some more. The company I work for does have 84 people working for it though.

Yes it seems like a large goal, but I've done it before, I set up a lot of car washes and bake sales, etc to help raise money for the cause.

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I've got 15" 6-spoke alloys for winter ;) I put a picture of them on the team wall.

You've set quite a goal for yourself! Good luck!
My company is split in two facilities, and in total we've collected just under 250 euros for cancer research. I'm very happy with that amount especially since our CEO is doubling the amount. :)

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ooooh, are your winter wheels steelies like most people do?

I finally set up my breast cancer 3-day team and officially am collecting money to do my walk in November 2015. My goal is to raise the amount required to walk for myself and everyone who joins my team....so it will be a fun, inspiring, but no easy task. I have 2 of us on the team so far, but with the potent ion of 5 or 6 at $2300 a piece :)

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All of my weekends (and weeks!) have been stupidly busy once again.

I managed to collect a decent amount of money at work for charity. I'm happy about that.
And I was working on my car these last few days, figuring out if my winter wheels would fit on the car with the airride setup. turns out it fits but with millimeters to spare. I put a piece of paper on top of the tire and lowered my car. I managed to pull the piece of paper out between the tire and wheel arch so it's got enough clearance to be able to park with confidence in the middle of winter. Definitely happy about that.

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The car show Sunday was a good turn out. We took best club participation for the 4th year in a row! Another trophy to add to our collection :)

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Charities are good. :)

There's enough completely selfish people in the world, but luckily not everyone is that way.
the collection box came in last friday afternoon so I'm going to talk to my colleagues tomorrowmorning. and I'll have put some coins of my own in so they can hear it rattle. ;)

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That's great, getting your co-workers to donate as well.
Right now I am running our food drive at work, people can donate food or money to the North Texas Food Bank. So far we are doing great, we have raised over $1000 and 150 items of food in the boxes. The food drive is going till November 14, so we could still get a lot more in.

I'm also setting up to run the Toys 4 Tots drive around Christmas as well as an angel tree sponsor, which is picking an angel off a christmas tree at the mall and buying an underprivileged child Christmas presents that they need and want. :)

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Thanks :)

I hope that show goes well, it's a good cause to show up for.

The company that I work at joins a run against cancer ever year.
I'm a terrible runner so I don't join the run myself, but I do always donate towards it, in fact I'm going to try and convince my colleagues to put some money into the box as well tomorrow.

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That's awesome, congrats!

We have a breast cancer show coming up that I will attend.

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I've been stupidly busy as well but pretty much making time for these shows, the season is over now though.

I won another prize last sunday, four in total (out of 5) this season.
My car has officially hit 'show car' status I suppose. :)

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