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The Post Where I Whine

I’ve been having one of the worst weeks mood-wise that I can remember in a long time. Nothing bad has happened – I’m just grumpy, depressed, and have no motivation whatsoever. No motivation. I’ve been doing my workouts (mainly because they’ve already been scheduled), but I feel like I’m just going through the motions. I get a sort of reasonable amount of sleep, so I’m dog tired for no reason in particular. Or maybe I’m bunny tired?

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She is so cute.

Being tired means I’m starting to get lazy. At Crossfit on Monday, I was supposed to do six rounds and I quit at four. My trainer even told me at one point, “you’re miles away.”

Being tired and lazy means I’m eating more garbage. And while I know I shouldn’t, I’m not exactly stopping myself. I’m trying to care, but I don’t.

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So, I think this means I need a week or two to sit on the couch and do nothing. That means no workouts. I read about other people freaking out because they are forced to take a couple weeks off because of an injury and I think, “BFD you big baby” but I guess it’s a different story when you’re the one taking a break. It’s literally been years since I’ve taken more than a couple days off from working out, so this should be interesting, especially since I tend to eat worse when I’m not.

I’ll be scaling back next week and then taking the full week off after the Gasparilla Half next Sunday. That should recharge me, right? I’ll be back to working out my buns of steel after that.

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In the meantime, if you Northerners could send down some cold weather next weekend for my race, that’d be great.

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Three Things Thursday

I usually like talking about my workouts as I do them. I’m not a big fan of “workout dump” blog posts, but I haven’t been talking about mine this week and I really want to, so you’re gonna get one. 🙂

I’ll try, I’ll try. So hard to keep her happy.

Monday:  Chest and ab workout with Linda. We did torturous things like push-ups on an ab ball and more push-ups with a pike. My chest is still sore today.

Tuesday Morning:  Tempo run before work. I was scheduled to do a speed run, but I wasn’t sure my shin was feeling well enough after the 18 miles on Saturday to go all out. I’m glad I switched it up because my tempo run was awesome. So awesome that I added a mile to it.

Mile Pace Incline
1 10:00 .5
2 9:41 .5
3 9:31 .5
4 9:23 .5
5 9:14 .5
6 9:14/9:41 split .5

Total miles:  6 in 57 minutes.

Oh, and you know what else happened on that run?

Tuesday Night:  Martial arts cardio class. I can’t even tell you what we did in class, but my hamstrings are still extremely sore today. And the instructor, Sheila, has no sympathy.

Wednesday:  Another workout with Linda. This one had 4 half-mile runs with sets of squats holding a 40lb bag (holy not easy) and bicycles and sets of pull-ups and good mornings in between.

During the first 30 seconds of our first run, hubs rolled his ankle and was down for the count. Now he has a golf ball sized bump on his ankle and he can barely walk, so he’s using a broken broom stick as a cane until a friend brings in a crutch for him to borrow. 😦

Tonight is my speed workout on the treadmill. I’m hoping it goes as well as Tuesday. 🙂

Before I get to today’s three things, check out more of the free wardrobe I inherited from my newly skinny best friend.

What can I say? The girl likes patterns. You know, friends getting skinnier is the best.  You get new clothes at no cost. Well, except the cost of your best friend looking hotter than you.

Today’s three things are my recent food discoveries:

 Jumbo Marshmallows

I’ve always been looking for a marshmallow that takes 6 bites to eat. Now I’ve found it! I don’t know where the need for this ever arose, but I’m glad it did.

Frosted Animal Crackers

By the way, Frosted Animal Crackers are not the same as Iced Animal Crackers.

For a long time, I thought frosted and iced animal crackers were the same thing. I never understood why one had higher calories and fat, so I just picked the lower one. Well, they are not the same my friends.

They are SO good. Just when I’m getting over my Sunflower Seed Butter addiction, these frosted beauties reared their ugly head. Perfect timing too, because I was looking to gain some more weight. Ugh.

Extra Dessert Delights Sugarfree Gum
(Apple Pie Flavor)

After you’ve gained 10lbs from eating too many gigantic marshmallows and frosted animal crackers, you might need some of this instead of actual dessert.

I’m pretty sure I bitched in a blog post recently that there is no way a gum can substitute for a dessert when you want something sweet. Well, I might have to take that back. MY LORD this gum tastes just like apple pie. My only problem is that I want to chew it while eating an actual slice of apple pie. You know, for comparison purposes.

Have you discovered anything delicious recently?

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Thing Thursday

Tonight, I’m determined to get my tempo run in. I don’t even know what’s on the schedule for marathon training. I just know the schedule they put out is always different from what they email so I’m going to do whatever I want. I sent an email to the Marathonfest girl about it over a week ago and still haven’t heard back. But that seems to be a trend lately, but I’ll get to that in a second.

Last night’s workout with the personal trainer was a sweaty one.

  • 1 mile run (outside) with 20 lb weighted vest
  • 1 mile run with sprints (outside) with 20 lb weighted vest
  • 3 sets of 30 second fast rounds:  punching the punching bag (I got to wear my pink boxing gloves!), kicking the punching bag, mountain climbers, and jump rope.

Running and doing sprints with a weighted vest is tiring and man do you really use your ankles. We were beat after this workout.

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Usually I have Three Things Thursday, but today I have one thing that’s been on my mind. Therefore, I have the lazily titled “Thing Thursday.”

You may already know that the hubs and I have 2 personal trainers. One we’ve been going to for years (Linda). The other we’ve been going to for maybe 3 or 4 months (Michael).  We do mainly Crossfit with Michael and we really like the workouts. I think they’ve been an important part of the progress I’ve made as far as muscle gain and my decrease in body fat.

At the end of every month, the hubs and I schedule our workouts for the following month. We pay both trainers in advance. We show up on time for every workout. And we work our butts off and will do whatever workout is thrown at us.

For the past 3 of 4 workouts, Michael has pushed our schedule from 7pm to 7:30pm because of another client. The other session was canceled and rescheduled during a time I couldn’t make it.

That brings me to this quasi-timeline:

  • 7/25:  I sent Michael the workout schedule for August for approval.
  • 8/1:    I still haven’t heard from him and this day was a scheduled workout. I forward the 7/25 email, mention I haven’t heard from him, and check to see if the schedule is good and if we are definitely working out that night.
  • Michael texts the hubs to see if we can do 7:30 instead of 7:00, but he still hasn’t responded to either of my emails.
  • Hubs tells Michael we can’t do 7:30 because we have company in town and need to be back at the house by a certain time. Michael offers to reschedule our workout on a day that I can’t make it…again.
  • I write another email that mentions the text, that I haven’t heard back about the schedule, and asks if he’s unable to do 7pm workouts for the rest of the month, or if it’s just today.
  • I finally get a response from Michael that asks if 7:30 is too late (it is) and if we can do Tuesdays (we can’t).
  • I respond to Michael’s email and hear nothing back.
  • Hubs got frustrated and cancels all his sessions for the month.
  • The next day, I write another email saying that I’m going to assume all my sessions are cancelled as well since I haven’t heard from him.
  • He responds (promptly) though email (AND Facebook) saying that he’d like to work out a schedule and to let him know if there are any days this month that I would like to work out.
  • 8/2:  I send him a schedule. Again. And again I ask if those days and times are ok.
  • Again, I haven’t heard back from him and it’s been 2 days.

Hubs and I have been frustrated with the time slippage and cancellations. Not only because it pushes our nighttime schedule back, but also because we have a schedule that we set every month that he agreed to. I understand that things come up here and there, and that’s fine with us. But because he has a new client, he pushes our schedule back.

We know the client that took our time slot gives Michael free back alignments (he’s a Chiropractor). We feel like Michael is picking favorites and our schedule doesn’t matter. Instead of scheduling the new guy around our set schedule, Michael gives him priority. He could have at least stuck out our paid schedule for the month and then asked us to change it up the next month, but he didn’t. I just think that’s a shitty way to do business.

Now, because I wasn’t able to make one of the reschedules, I’m out the money for that workout because I don’t know that we’ll be going back to him. The thing that sucks the most about this is that Michael a freakin’ GREAT trainer. He’s attentive, he really makes sure you use the right form, and his workouts are killer. We love them! Now, out of nowhere, we feel like we don’t matter at all as clients.

So, that’s my Thursday Thing. It’s very possible that Michael could read this as my blog posts to my Facebook page. And if he does, then that’s ok. It’s how I feel and I got it off my chest.

Have you ever had a problem with someone not sticking to a schedule?

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The Post Where I Bitch about My Run

This week has sucked when it comes to workouts. Not because I’m not doing them or they aren’t good workouts, but because I don’t feel like doing them. I gotta say, I’m so tired of working out all the time.

I schedule my workouts for the month and I stick to them unless I’m on my death bed. I schedule one rest day a week, but even on those days I usually end up doing some type of activity. Now all the workouts have just worn me down. That leads me to last night’s crappy tempo run.

Mile Pace Incline
Walked 1/4 mile    
1 10:00 .5
2 9:30 .5
Bathroom break    
3 9:15 .5
4 9:05 .5
Walked 1/4 mile    
5 8:57/9:05 split .5
Walked 1/4 mile    
6 9:30  

Total miles: 6 running, .75 walking

I made myself stay and do the miles even though my stomach wasn’t at 100% for the first half of the run. The last two tempo or speed runs I did were meant to be 6 milers and I bailed at 4 or 5, so I was determined to get the miles in. My legs felt fine, but mentally I was checked out at mile 2, so I had to take walk breaks just to psych myself up to do more.

For the past week, my heart hasn’t really been in it and I’ve been eating more, which sucks. I can backtrack on progress easily so it sucks when I can see it coming but don’t have the energy to want to stop it.

 Tomorrow is the beach day I’ve been putting all this work in for. And as far as my goals went, I didn’t lose ANY of the 10lbs I intended to even though I made good progress in other ways. While I don’t think I necessarily need to lose weight, I want to fit in my work pants so I don’t have to buy new ones.

The rest of this month is lighter on strength training and I scheduled 2 rest days each week. Today is the first one and I’m pretty excited about it. After work, I plan carving out a nice ass-dent in the couch.

Do you ever feel guilty when you take a rest day? (I know I need them but when I don’t work out, I feel so guilty and lazy. Not sure how to get over that.)

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Speed Training

First, if you haven’t already, go check out the cute little interview I did over at Stefanie’s blog, Run On. You can find out the 3 things I’d bring to a deserted island. And no, I won’t share #2.

Second, from all the comments on the last post, I cannot believe how many of you hate birds. Blows. my. mind.

Alright, now on to yesterday’s marathon training. I got up yesterday at 5:00am and made it to the gym by 5:15am for a speed workout. What was on the paper schedule was different from the Marathonfest email I got later in the day, so of course I did the wrong work out.

Here’s what I did:

Mile Pace Incline
400 Walk .5  Warm up
800  (1/2 mile) 10:00 .5
800 9:05 .5
200  (.12 mile) 10:00 .5
800 8:49 .5
200 Walk .5
800 8:34 .5
200 Walk .5
800 8:20 .5
200 Walk .5
800 8:06 .5
200 Walk .5
800 7:54 .5
200 Walk .5
800 split 7:42 / 7:54 .5
200 Walk .5
800 10:00 2.0

Total: 5.5 miles (4.5 running, 1 walking)

None of the walk breaks were planned, but I was seriously winded after every half mile. Also, I really wanted to do one more half mile at a 7:30 pace but my body had enough for 5:00 am. I couldn’t even finish the last half mile at 7:42 without lowering the speed.

I really think I challenged my speed on this workout, so I feel good about it.

After work, I went to workout #2 – martial arts cardio class. Our instructor, Sheila, did not go easy on us. We did a lot of shoulder and bicep exercises until she decided to kill us with ab work. Then we ran a mile after class. I was seriously tired.

Today, the hubs and I have a workout with Linda (our personal trainer) after work. Saturday, I have a 16 mile run with my group that I’m kinda nervous about. That will be a distance PR for me. (Eek)

Oh, and Saturday is also beach day with our TaeKwonDo school. You know, the day I set all those goals for? I think 16 miles that morning will guarantee at least half a day of looking dehydrated and shriveled, and therefore skinny, in my bikini.

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Three Things Thursday

First up, last night’s workout with Michael: “The Filthy Fifty” crossfit workout for time.

  • 50 Box jumps
  • 50 Jumping pull-ups
  • 50 Kettlebell swings 
  • 50 Walking Lunges (50 each leg)
  • 50 Knees to elbows 
  • 50 Push press  (I did 35 lbs, hubs did 45 lbs)
  • 50 Back extensions  (Like sit ups for your back.)
  • 50 Wall ball shots
  • 50 Burpees   
  • 50 Double unders  (That’s jumping rope with the rope passing under your feet twice. I did 100 normal jump ropes because I’m not that talented.)

It took me an hour to do that workout and it was HARD. Tonight is a tempo run…if my body cooperates and isn’t in too much pain. And then Friday is more torture from Michael.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a three things Thursday, so let’s get to it. Today’s three things are random things I love about my husband. (Feel free to gag.)

 

Are you sick of this picture yet?    Well…TOO BAD cuz it’s my favorite.

1.  He loves my best friend as much as I do.

Let’s face it. Guys don’t always love their significant other’s friends. My best friend, Lisa, lives near me so she’s a constant presence in my life. If they didn’t like each other, it would make social activites so much harder because I always want both of them there. It does help having the most awesome best friend in the world that is impossible to dislike, however it’s one of the things I’m most grateful for.

+10 Husband Points: Hubs bought me Britney tickets for my birthday – and got an extra ticket so Lisa could go with us. Yep. Pretty awesome.

2.  He loves to do different and new things.

I have a lot of friends that have significant others that aren’t really into trying new things or would rather stay home. (*cough*Tom-go to Incubus with us*cough*) My hubs will pretty much do anything he thinks sounds like it has a remote chance of being fun. He’s definitely more open to new things than I am.

He loves to hoop and is really good at it.

 

He drinks Guinness. Ok, that’s not different or new. I just think he looks really cute in this picture.

 

He loves to dress up in costume.  (Rob Zombie, anyone?)

He doesn’t mind photo bombing drag queens.

Overall, he’s just about open to anything. Even if he really doesn’t want to do something in particular (like watching The Back-up Plan), he’ll most likely do it just because I want to. Or because I pout.

3. He’s responsible with money and pays bills on time.

His money is his and my money is mine. While we split the bills, we still have seperate accounts. He can do whatever he wants with his money. We both spend money on things we really like (movies, concerts) but then we will usually forego other things that don’t mean as much (dinners and drinking out, expensive vacations) to make up for it. And more importantly, we live within our means. We really want to go to Alaska this year, but we need a new A/C for the house. First things first.

This may seem silly, but I can’t tell you how many people I hear bitch about how their significant other is horrible with money and that every month is a struggle. Everytime I hear about this issue in relationships, I think how awesome it is that I don’t have to worry about it and that my hubs knows how to prioritize things in his life.

Ok, so that wasn’t too sappy, right?

What does your significant other do that you love?

Updated: If you are single, feel free to tell me what you love about me! 🙂

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How To Sit on the Couch and Avoid People

Let’s start with a little workout talk. On Monday, I swam for the first time. I’m talking about swimming as a workout, not for fun. Note the difference:

Hubs devised some crazy workout where one of us would swim laps while the other was doing lunges, push-ups, abdominal, and back exercises. Let’s just say neither of us could get through the whole workout because it was hard. But I did end up doing somewhere around 85 laps in the pool and 250 lunges (not in the pool).

That workout was harder than I gave it credit for. Basically, if I’m not sweating like Kirstie Alley in a buffet line, I don’t think I worked that hard. But I was sweating after I got out of the shower and that only happens after a hard run if I don’t cool down first.

Yesterday was a double workout. I was too tired from staying up late on Monday, so instead of breaking up the workouts in the morning and evening, I did them both in the evening. Martial arts cardio class first and then my first (ever!) incline run on the treadmill. It was 5 sets of this:

Mile Pace Incline
1/2 mile 10:00 .5
1/2 mile 10:00 5.0

After the first 2 incline runs, I had to walk for about a minute or two to catch my breath. I don’t even know if this is a correct hill training workout for the treadmill, but unless I want to run up a landfill, I’m not going to find any hills near me in Orlando.

Does anyone else do incline runs on the treadmill? Hook a sista up with the details if you do because I have no clue what I’m doing.

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So, I have a new addiction thanks to my friend, Ale. Everyone was telling me that True Blood episodes are On Demand and I thought, why would I pay for an On Demand HBO show when I already have HBO?

Oh no. This is no regular On Demand. This is HBO On Demand. It’s free when you have HBO.    

And it’s magnificent.

All of the movies and shows currently playing on HBO can be played at anytime just like regular On Demand.

It’s ok to be dumb when you’re pretty.

Just continue to look pretty.

It’s not like I don’t already have a regular TV addiction, so I can just add HBO On Demand to the pile of things I do that prevent me from interacting with people in real life.

After watching the second episode of True Blood, Hubs and I stayed up way too late watching this:

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The movie got decent reviews when it came out but I thought it was just ok. It’s a moral dilemma movie. Not scary, just weird in parts.

By the way, when you’re telling people about this movie on instant messenger, you don’t want to mistype and tell them that you and your husband watched “Spice” all night.

Totally different channel.

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And the Results Are In….

I had a lot of vacation-type dietary setbacks at the end of last year. I mean, a LOT. There was the week at Burning Man in September (in Nevada).

A week in the Carolinas in October.

A week in San Diego over New Years.

That doesn’t even factor in Thanksgiving and Christmas. I tore both of those holidays a new one. And I liked it.

For the past 2 months, I’ve increased my strength training with a lot of weights and Crossfit. I’ve been eating well and (sadly) been avoiding alcohol. I’ve had a few beers here and there and if you like the blog’s Facebook page, you know this happened on Thursday.

Ok, two of those happened. I don’t bother taking wrappers off. The wrappers still have a little cupcake on them, so that’s like throwing away food. There are starving people without cupcake wrappers out there.

Side Note: Lots of you have been asking about my nail color in the past few days. That’s Sally Hansen brand in Mint Sorbet.

I was starting to get discouraged because I’ve been putting in a lot of effort, but haven’t lost much weight. Just 3lbs according to my scale and I gained 1lb according to Linda’s scale. (She’s our personal trainer, if you’re new here.)

Well, that all changed today. Smile Body fat results are in.

  • I gained: 5 lbs of muscle
  • I lost: 8lbs of fat
  • Body fat percentage: Went from 22% to 17.5%

My body fat was 17% before the vacations/holidays happened. So, I’m back to where I was before I started eating like the zombie apocalypse was pending.

Oh, and I disagree with this pie chart. That orange area should take up most of the graph.

So, if you’re discouraged because you’re trying to lose weight and can’t, but are doing everything you can (exercising, changing up your exercise routine, eating well) to reach your goals, this is proof that the scale is only part of the whole picture. Keep working toward your goals, because you’ll get there. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

I’m heading out to Target to pick up a few things, and then I’m celebrating my new found herculean status at Ross by buying a new shirt. Smile

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The Motivation Post

Every now and then, I’ll get a comment from someone about how motivated I am when it comes to working out. But the thing is, I don’t necessarily feel motivated. I just feel like it’s part of my every day life – kinda like my addiction to TV, bad jokes, and thought bubbles.

Basically, I do it because it makes me feel good, so I don’t think about it much – until now. So, here are the things that keep me motivated enough that I don’t have to think about motivation.

1. Scheduling Workouts

At the end of each month, I schedule my workouts for the coming month with my personal trainer. I make sure to schedule them around my marathon training and around any plans I may already have set.

I pay for all the sessions up front, so they are set in stone unless there is some type of unforeseen circumstance. There are times when a scheduled work out rolls around and I don’t want to do it. But that’s why I have a schedule to begin with. So I’m kept accountable and I show up.

Oh, and I don’t view a last minute happy hour as an unforeseen circumstance. I schedule all my social activities that arise later on around my workouts.

2. Working Out with a Friend

There’s a reason I work out with personal trainers. There is NO WAY I would do weight training on my own. I could run all day long by myself, but when it comes to weights, if someone isn’t there making me do it…I won’t.

If you can’t afford a personal trainer, find a friend. They keep you accountable and more likely to stick to your schedule. I used to get frustrated by all the money I put toward personal training each month. But then I discovered it’s a big part of my motivation. It’s for my health and that’s never a bad thing. Plus, this money used to go to dive bars every weekend not so long ago. I’d rather that money go toward improving how I look and feel about myself than to a bunch of drinks that will make me gain weight.

3. Surrounding Yourself with Like-minded People

I like being around other people that are active. Working out with my hubs is 100 times better than working out by myself. Running a race with a friend is so much more fun than running a race without one. And meeting my running group at 5am on Saturday morning to run 15 miles is way better than running 15 miles by myself just so I can sleep in.

People who have the same interests keep you motivated.

4. I’ll Never Forget I Used to Look Like This

I won’t lie. It scares the crap out of me to ever look like this again. Mostly the hair. And that tank top. Oh yeah, the weight too.

Get a crappy picture of yourself and post it on the fridge for some motivation to pass up that late night ice cream. (Psst…Hi Lisa!)

5. Reading Success Stories

One thing I like to do is browse the Health page on MSN. They always have success stories. I love the before and after ones where someone has totally overhauled their life and lost a ton of weight. If that person can lose 100 lbs, I can get my ass off the couch and do something active for 30 minutes a day.

5. Getting Compliments and Seeing Results

When I first joined Weight Watchers and lost 26lbs, I couldn’t believe how many people complimented me. It made me want to keep doing what I was doing. It felt great. Once those compliments start coming in, be it for weight loss, or finally doing your first non-girly push-up, it keeps you going.

6. Keeping a Routine

The more I work out, the more I want to work out. Getting into a workout routine is amazing like that. Even on vacation, I try to plan workouts because I feel so much better when I do.

In the past, when I’ve taken a few weeks off from working out, I have no desire to get back into it. If any of you out there are in a workout rut where you just can’t get back on the wagon, set a workout schedule for 2 weeks. Make sure it’s one that works for you and your current schedule. If you don’t normally get up and work out in the morning, you’re not going to magically start loving it.

Set a schedule for whatever activity you like that you can stick to for two weeks, and after those two weeks, you will feel motivated to do more. It always works for me.

7. Buying Something New

Everyone has bad days. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think everything in my closet looks terrible on me and I feel like a cow. Some days you eat more than you want to and the scale isn’t where you want it to be. Well, that happens to everyone and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. When those days are at their worst for me, I do my hair like I’m going out on a Friday night – even if I’m staying in the house. Good hair always makes me feel better even if my muffin top is covering my belt that day.

Another thing that helps me is buying a new shirt. Wearing something new always makes me feel better. (Note: This does not work for pants. Get the SHIRT.)  For everyone that says they can’t afford new clothes, there’s a cute $4.99 shirt at Ross waiting for you.

Not that Ross.

8. Getting Off the Couch

Stop sitting on the couch and feeling sorry for yourself. Do something active. It’s not too late. Vacuum, stretch, walk around your neighborhood, go for a run, jog in place, do some jumping jacks, ride a bike, go to spin class, do sit ups during commercials,  see how many lunges you can do in a minute. Do something. If my 73 year old mom can walk around downtown San Diego with me for 8 hours, you can get off the couch.

(Oh, and isn’t my niece adorable? Yep. She is.)

What are your motivation tips?

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