Monday, December 31, 2012

Toodle-Loo 2012, Hellllllooo 2013!!

Good morning Beautiful,

I wanted to write a quick blog post before I start my day. What do I have planned?? Well I have to fit in this post, a 5km run, laundry, cleaning, packing, some studying, and a 2 hour drive to London, ON all before 5:30pm. I think I'm running a bit behind already, it was totally the Dawson's Creek episode I watched. I knew that wasn't a good idea.. anywho...

First off I wanted to kind of recap my year. A lot has happened this year, a lot more than I could have ever anticipated, that's for sure. Let's see what comes to mind...

1. I started running. I had never run before this year, especially not outside. Now I hate the treadmill and prefer to run outside.
2. I ran 6 races including my first half-marathon. What? A 10km race was so incredibly huge to me at this time last year, as if I ran 21.1km at one time.... it still boggles my mind.
3. I stopped eating grains/gluten/dairy/processed foods for the most part (I'm not perfect and so I would say that I eat a solid paleo diet about 75% of the time).
4. I lost a lot of body fat and became more toned than I have ever been.
5. I enrolled in a Holistic Nutritionist course through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Never thought I'd go back to school again!!
6. I started a savings plan to ensure I have a good financial future ahead of me.
7. I started a plan to get completely debt free with the assistance of my financial planner.
8. My bloggy turned 1!! :) It's also been really interesting to see how it's taken off and how people are responding to it so far, it's amazing!!

Those are the top 8 things that come to mind when I talk about 2012. That's kind of a big year! For me it is at least... Now to tell you what 2013 already has in store for me.

Last night I was speaking with Michelle from Push.Pump.Progress. and she convinced me to sign up for 13 in 2013. What is that? Well I've committed to 13 different races in 2013. I know... what the hell am I thinking? I did 6 this past year and now I'm more than doubling it? The good news is it doesn't have to be a certain kind of race, I could do 13 5km races if I wanted to... so no pressure to run another half-marathon (which I'm not doing this year). So that's a biggie... and I wanted to share. If you're interested in joining, registration closes tonight but you can click on the badge on the right hand side of my blog to see what it's all about and join in the all the fun! Ok so... Here is what I'm planning for 2013... I'm being realistic, I'm not setting myself up for failure, there's a lot I need to focus on this year.

1. Run 13 races in 2013.
2. Focus on school, map out a plan of what I want to get done by when and stick to it no matter what.
3. Start keeping my food journal again. I feel so much better when I'm tracking what I'm eating, so I actually started that last night.
4. Don't drink EVERY weekend. Seriously. I know, at my age (24) partying is pretty much the norm. I am actually feeling the need to party less and less which is good for my waistline and good for my wallet.
5. Save, save, save! Money that is. I have a plan with my financial planner and he knows what I'm saving for. But I'm also now wanting to save for a pretty pair of shoes by August and ya, I just want to have more $$ in the bank!
6. Exercise! My body has already changed so much for the better since this time last year, and I want to see how much further I can push it! Jenny and I are holding each other accountable at work on our lunch workouts, and I'm sure I'll be racing with Jenny sometimes, but I'm also going to be racing a lot with Michelle, which is good because she runs faster than me. :)
7. Oh yes, I will also be doing The Power of Movement with some fellow bloggers in March as well as the GoodLife Spin For Kids in March (the same weekend, two different days actually), but more on that later.

There you have it folks. That is what I plan on doing in 2013. Not too big, not too small, just right :).

Now because it's the end of the year and I've been doing this blog for now 1.5 years, but only really seriously since January last year I wanted to have a little "Semi-1 year Anniversary" giveaway! The lovely Suzanne over at Nutrition Snob on Etsy provided me with an amazing sweater that says "Strong Is The New Skinny", and it's awesome! Here is a picture of me wearing it!



She was so generous and jumped all over the opportunity to have a giveaway on my blog.... she's so adorable and her clothes are amazing. Check out the Rafflecopter below for how you can enter!!

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Just a little "thank you" for reading my blog and interacting and being awesome!

Ok, I'm off to get things done before I need to leave to go to London! Happy New Years everyone!! Make it safe and fun!! :)

xoxo S

154 comments:

  1. Now I have my word for 2013. Strong.
    thank you for your blog post!

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    1. That's great Phyllis!! I'm glad you left a comment - thank you so much for stopping by!!

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  2. I love your goals! I can understand the save, save, save goal. That is my plan for this year too. I am also doing 13 races in 2013. Plus, I am going to try to eat healthier and try not to drink so much soda.

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    1. Hey Jessica!! That is a GREAT goal (no soda)... good luck! I know you can do it! :) Do you know which races you're doing yet???

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  3. I wish everyone believed that skinny isn't healthy! Just found your blog and love it!!

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    1. Hi!! Thanks so much for dropping by! I'm so glad you like it :) I hope to see you around more! :)

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  4. Great post and congrats on the running! I ran my 1st half marathon when I was about your age. In 2012, I ran 21 races including 2 marathons and 8 1/2 marathons! I am 41 (now) so you have time to build up :) My resolution - less junk food and sugar and grow my blog audience. Stop by @ ericafinds.com :)

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    1. Erica!! Holy crap!! That's NUTS! I'm so envious of you, you're my new hero! :) I will be dropping by your blog as soon as I reply to all of my people here! :)

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  5. Just found your blog and love it! I wish everyone believed that skinny isn't synonomous with healthy. My goals this year are to run 13 races in 2013 and continue to eat healthy and be happy.

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    1. Hey! Do you know which races your doing yet?? And I agree, being strong and healthy doesn't mean your a rake!! Although, sometimes people who are rakes can't really help it either and may also be strong and healthy! Great things come in all shapes and sizes, or so I think :)

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  6. I'm a new follower! I'm also a fellow 13 in 2013 and am just starting my fitness journey. I can't wait to what 2013 brings :)

    Colletta

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    1. Hi Colletta! Thanks for stopping by!! I'm so excited for you!! Do you know which races you're doing yet?

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  7. Congrats on all your accomplishments this year.

    I did a 13 in 2013 goal post but don't think I was aware of the 13 in 2013 races. I don't run or participate in races (only one race in 2010, I walked a half marathon in Jamaica lol). Maybe we'll make it back for the 10k there.

    Here's to a fantastic 2013.

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    1. Hi Angie!! That would be totally cool to walk a half in JAMAICA!! Haha hellllooo, that's amazing!! Your NY goals don't have to be about running! Maybe you want to walk further than you have before, or maybe take up something new like kickboxing or yoga!! I'm interested to hear what you end up doing!

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  8. Great post! I would go for something with sleeves, maybe a hoodie, because I don't have enough of those!

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    1. Hey Kimmie! Haha, great choice, her sweaters are soooo soft on the inside, I never want to take mine off!

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  9. I would love to win the RUN eat sleep repeat Off the Shoulder Comfy Couture Raglan!

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  10. I really like the running tanks!

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  11. I love the Run, Eat, Sleep, Repeat off the shoulder ;)

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    1. My off shoulder is AMAZING... It's so cozy and cumfy....

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  12. I like the Stronger Everyday sweater.

    It had highs and lows this year and I am looking forward to a year of highs in 2013. Congrats on your successes and may they be continued next year.

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    1. I think that is a GREAT choice for you then!! I can't wait to see what 2013 brings you, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! :) xo

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  13. Great Post! Like the "Strong is the new skinny" top! I am a new follower and also participating in the 13in2013. I'm new to running and enjoying it very much!

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    1. Thanks Rachel!! Thanks for following as well :) Is there a blog I can find you at? Do you know which races you're doing yet?

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  14. Finish Strong Off the Shoulder Comfy Couture Eco Fleece Sweatshirt

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  15. I'm in love with lots of the clothes! The off the shoulder look is cute!

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  16. I love the Unstoppable sweatshirt and the Finish Strong one.

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  17. lOVE THE STRONG IS TH NEW SKINNY

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  18. Adorbs sweater and OUTSTANDING accomplishments this year! Way to go! Wave at K-W on your way to London! :)

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    1. Aww, thanks Danielle!! I will wave for sure! :)

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  19. I love the Fear<Less sweatshirt! It's so cute.

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  20. I would choose the THIRTEEN point freaking one-Racer Back Tank!

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  21. I LOVE the discipline off the shoulder SO cute!!!!

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  22. I would love STRONGER EVERY DAY as my word for 2013 is the Japanese word KAIZEN which translates to DAILY IMPROVEMENT.

    Have a fabulous and fun 2013!

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    1. Hi Elle! That is a GREAT word for 2013!! I hope you have a great year as well!

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  23. 13 in '13 - I have no excuse then to 1 in '13! LOL I am doing my first 5k this year! I loved your lists - I'll be thrilled to see you accomplish it all!

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    1. Wow! That's awesome Mary! Congrats on doing your first race, you'll have to let me know how it turns out!

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  24. I love the Discipline Off the Shoulder sweatshirt. Thank you and Happy new year!

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    1. Hi Jill! That seems to be a popular choice! Happy new year to you as well!

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  25. Happy Birthday Beautiful girl! Came across your blog and I'm loving it! Adorable sweater too!

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    1. Lol thanks Electra!! Thanks for dropping by! I hope you keep coming back - I love your comment!! :)

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  26. I would love to win a sweatshirt. I absolutely love this one - http://www.etsy.com/listing/114924772/be-your-own-kind-of-beautiful-off-the

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    1. Hi Daraya, that's a great choice! Thanks for commenting!

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  27. I'd love the Stronger Every Day off the shoulder sweatshirt. Happy New Year!

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    1. Awesome choice - thanks Christine!! :) Happy New Year to you as well!

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  28. I love the Strong is the new Skinny Racerback! Also I am digging her Air Force Wife tank... only if she could make me a NAVY wife one lol

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    1. Hi Alexis!! If you win we can definitely ask her if she's able to!!

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  29. Another great post Lovely.
    You've accomplished so much in 2012, 2013 is sure to be a success.

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    1. Hey Dee! Thanks so much for the comment :) I love hearing your feedback... I hope 2013 is a great year for both myself and YOU! :)

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  30. I love love the Stronger Everyday sweatshirt. This means a lot to me both physically and emotionally!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/115326101/stronger-everyday-off-the-shoulder-comfy

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Robyn!! It's definitely a powerful statement, great choice!

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  31. It seems that you are a good runner, Sarah. 1.5 years isn't a short time, and your blog is definitely longer than mine. Hopefully you are more successful in this year.

    Keep blogging, keep healthy, and Happy new year 2013, Sarah. :)

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well Laurent, and thank you for your kind words!! :)

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  32. Cute stuff!! I'd definitely want one of those sweatshirts -- they look so comfortable!

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    1. I think I've worn mine every single day since I got it... it's so perfect for lounging! :)

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  33. I love the sweatshirt that you have, because it's so true!! I love that women are beginning to realize that being strong is sexy AND healthy, and skinny is not necessarily what we want to aim for!

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    1. Exactly!! That's why I chose it! :) xo

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  34. Any of the cut off sweat shirts are great!! Especially the Running ones (:

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    1. Hehe you little runner you... ! Of course you'd love the running ones!! :)

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  35. That sweater you have on is SO cute!! Have blog semi-anniversary!
    I would LOVE to win the red tank that says "Strong is the new skinny".

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    1. Hey Karey!! Haha a blog semi-anniversary is so funny, I should have!!

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  36. I found your blog today through Twitter and I'm excited to take a look around! The sweater is amazing and has such a great message. I love it! I'm heading over to check out the video that you posted about the other day. I watched the intro clip and was immediately hooked.
    Thanks! -Sarah G.

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    1. Hey Sarah! Thanks for leaving a comment!! I hope to see you back more often now! :)

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  37. I love the 'Be - YOU - tiful' shirt!

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  38. they shirt you have on looks super comfy!! i would get that style for sure, not sure what phrase I would put on it.

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    1. It's so nice, it goes over my bum... so cozy :)

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  39. I would want the sweatshirt for sure!!!

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  40. Strong is the New Skinny racer back tank.

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  41. I like the "Let's Do This" and the "I've Got This" tanks.

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    1. They are both so badass - I love them!

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  42. Great blog. I love to run and am hoping to start participating in some races this year. I don't know about doing 13 races though! Lol

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    1. Hey Lori! Thanks for the compliment!! If you're new to running, even completing one is amazing!! Let me know how it goes :)

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  43. Just found your blog via Twitter. I am doing the 13 in 2013 also. So looking forward to that one. My other big goal this year is to kick my massive sugar habit to the curb. That one is a BIG, BIG scary one for me.
    Good luck with your goals for the year.

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    1. Hey Suzanne!! I think only the first few days will be hard for you in terms of the sugar kick... let me know how it goes! :) xo

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  44. I love the Fear-less sweatshirt!

    I'd also love to do 13 races this year. I'm not sure if I'll be able to fi 13 in but I am going to try!

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    1. I'm not sure I'll be able to fit 13 in either - good luck!!

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  45. I'd love the one that says "Strong is the New Skinny!"

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  46. Just found your blog! So fun! I started running this year too! So glad I did it! Happy for you!

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    1. Hey Leah!! Thanks so much! I'm happy for you too!

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  47. I like the finish strong off the shoulder shirt! It's really cute!

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  48. I love the strong is the new skinny off the shoulder shirt.

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  49. I Would want the run long. run hard. run fast. tank!

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  50. http://www.etsy.com/listing/115326101/stronger-everyday-off-the-shoulder-comfy
    I would love this in teal or purple. So cute and looks COMFY!!!

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  51. LOVE the 'Finish Strong' off the shoulder. OMG, I am in love with this Etsy shop!

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    1. Haha i am too - I can see myself buying lots in the future!

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  52. I like the message behind I'm not Strong for a Girls I'm Just Strong off the shoulder sweatshirt

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  53. Hi Just found your blog! Nice to meet you. love the shirt!

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    1. Hey Trish! Nice to meet you too, I hope to see you back often!

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  54. i like the i'm not strong for a girl, i'm just strong shirt

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  55. Love the blog and the shirts are too cute!

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  56. I like the 'I Got This' tank.
    lovinhugs36 at hotmail dot com

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  57. Love it! Will go good with my pink sneaks and sweat pink laces!!

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  58. Run long, run hard, run fast!!! I would love to win this!!!

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  59. LOVE this shirt!! Love Strong is the new Skinny!!

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  60. The Run Long, Hard, Fast tank top... LOVE IT!

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  61. As a recovering anorexic and fitness professional, I can definitely relate to the strong is the new skinny. I was as thin as ever (88 lbs) during my anorexia and depression hers--only 2 years ago. However, I was fat...all flab and bones. It was far from sexy. Being stronger than ever now and training with my bootcamp girls to do a marathon relay, I am finally coming back to the woman I was before...which is the strong, fit woman that sets the example for all and saving lives every damn day:)

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    1. Wow!! What an inspiring story - thank you for sharing! You're definitely an inspiration!!

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  62. This shop is so cute! I love everything, but especially the FearLess sweatshirt.

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    1. It's one of my fav shops on Etsy!! :)

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  63. This stuff is awesome! I'd want the "FearLess" off the shoulder sweatshirt

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  64. I love the "I'm not strong for a girl, I'm just strong" racerback tee.

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  65. I like the Live Life long sleeve shirt.

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  66. I would love a burnout sweater that says Strong is the new Skinny. I love that!

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  67. oh that sweater is amazing!! It wouldnt fit me right now.. but what a GOAL it would make!! :)

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  68. I love the Be your own kind of beautiful Off the Shoulder Comfy Couture Eco Fleece Sweatshirt.

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  69. New to your blog. Love it already!!

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  70. I love the 'run eat sleep repeat' tanks and sweatshirt and the twenty six point freakin two tank! So cute!

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  71. I like the strong is the new skinny sweatshirt.

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  72. Would love the RUN eat sleep repeat- Burnout Racer Back Tank

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  73. I love the Sweat is Fat Crying tank

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  74. Your blog is super cute! Glad I found it! :)

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  75. That sweater is adorable! Hello from a fellow GGSA!

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