Giveaway Time: My New Bible

by Christina @ The Athletarian on August 22, 2011

Lucky for all of you followers, it is giveaway time once again!
I am really excited about this one.
Heck, I get excited about all of them but this on is different.  This is a test of my (and your) strength, determination, and willpower.  I have always been a cardio junkie.  Give me a treadmill, an elliptical, or a bike.  Plain and simple.   I never used to see much need for strength training.  I always thought it was a girl’s job to be skinny.  No need to be strong.  Over the last few years my perspective has completely changed.  Strength is a necessity.  Strong women are beautiful.  I have taken up weight training a few times a week but there is still something that I haven’t mastered.
 The push up.
 I was given the opportunity to review the book 7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups by Steve Speirs.

 

 It was personalized, too :)
 My first impression of the book was “awesome…nice and small…I won’t have to read a gazillion pages to figure out how to do a push up”.  It is portable, so I can easily take it with me to the gym.  The book is well-written and everything is explained in very simple terms (for people like me).   I have read it cover to cover and was impressed with all of the background information provided before it actually went into the workout programs.  There are a variety of programs to follow, whether you are a beginner or an advanced push-up master.  I am considerably weak in my upper body so I decided to go with the beginner program.  I intended to start the program last week but my training schedule was off so I have re-started today and am really excited to see where this takes me.
This is an older picture…I have learned to keep my arms in closer to my body :)
I love that the program is gradual.  For example, today I only had to do seven push-ups.  The sequence went 1-2-1-1-2 and I got a one-minute rest after every set.  It may seem minuscule to some, but this is a great starting point for me.  Doing push-ups this way definitely makes them seem less daunting and I have a really GOOD feeling this program is going to work.
It was sent to me at the most perfect time.  I am running the Chicago Urbanathlon in October which requires a lot of upper body strength to complete the obstacles throughout the course.  I think that being able to do 100 consecutive push ups will definitely be an asset to me during this race.
Who is up for the push-up challenge??
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YOU have the opportunity to win one of these amazing books.  Here is how:
Mandatory:
“Follow” my blog and leave me a comment saying you do!
Bonus entries: 
Leave me a comment for each of the following so each entry gets counted!!
+1 Like my NEW Facebook page by clicking here.  I need friends.
+1 Like 7 Weeks to 100 Push-ups on Facebook by clicking here.
+1 Follow me on Twitter here.
+1 Tell me how many CONSECUTIVE push-ups you can do!
+1 Share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, and/or Twitter.
Contest closes August 29, 2011!  GOOD LUCK!

Disclaimer:  Steve Speirs sent me his book free of charge and my review and opinions are completely my own.


{ 113 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner August 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Don't count this an entry since I have a copy from a while ago ( it was my very first giveaway!) but how awesome that you're doing the challenge! You are going to be at 100 in no time!!!
:)

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2 Lisa August 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I am a follower! I can do 15-18 pushups. I liked your FB and 100 Push-up FB page :)

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3 Alyssa August 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

i'm a follower! what a great giveaway!

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4 Alyssa August 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I also follow you on twitter :)

@alyssap902

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5 Suz and Allan August 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Already following you!

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6 Suz and Allan August 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I'd say 15-20 push ups depending on how tired my arms already are at the time. 100 would be amazing!

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7 Jolene August 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm

One: Already following you.
Two: "Like" you on FB
Three: "Like" 7 PU in 10Wks on FB
Four: I can do roughly 10 real ones and 15-20 girles…(you know, from on the knees)

Sorry I don't tweet…

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8 Kate August 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm

at one point I could do 40 push-ups, now I'd be lucky if I did 10! Yikes. The more I run, the less I work on other things. Boo :(

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9 Lindsay August 23, 2011 at 12:44 am

I follow your blog!

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10 ashley (redonk runner) August 23, 2011 at 12:48 am

follower! :)

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11 ashley (redonk runner) August 23, 2011 at 12:49 am

follow you on twitter

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12 ashley (redonk runner) August 23, 2011 at 12:50 am

the most i've ever done in a row was 27 pushes. but right now i'm at a comfortable 18 :)

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13 Elle August 23, 2011 at 1:42 am

Hey, Of course I follow you!

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14 Elle August 23, 2011 at 1:43 am

In June I could do 20 and then stopped! Now I can only do 10 and started again today!

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15 Elle August 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

Linked your giveaway post to my blog sidebar.

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16 SbMac August 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

i follow your blog

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17 SbMac August 23, 2011 at 1:50 am

I think I max out at like 12 so I would so need this!

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18 RunFitMama August 23, 2011 at 1:56 am

I'm a follower!

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19 Elle August 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

Liked your new FB page.

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20 Elle August 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

Like 7 Weeks to 100 Pushups on FB, too.

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21 Elle August 23, 2011 at 2:09 am

Following you on Twitter.

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22 Michael August 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

I follow your blog!

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23 Michael August 23, 2011 at 2:16 am

I have no upper body strength at all! I can maybe do 3 or 4 consecutive push-ups. That's about it.

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24 Ashley Slater August 23, 2011 at 2:16 am

ohmygoshiwantthis!

i follow you!

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25 Nikki August 23, 2011 at 2:18 am

Awe….the dreaded pushups that are oh so good for you!! I am a follower!

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26 Nikki August 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

I can do maybe 20 max, but I have done 80 before in a workout when they were spaced out!! Just thought I would throw that in there….haha. It was obviously a proud moment!

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27 Nikki August 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

Added your giveaway to my blog!

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28 Ashley Slater August 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

I can do 7 pushups. Yes, I am weak!

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29 Ashley Slater August 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

and also, following you on twitter!

twitter.com/ashleyjps

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30 Camylla Leonardi August 23, 2011 at 2:35 am

Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a follower!!

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31 Camylla Leonardi August 23, 2011 at 2:36 am

I can do 10 push-ups! :(

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32 Rachelle Wardle August 23, 2011 at 2:42 am

Awesome giveaway girl! I am a follower of course.

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33 Rachelle Wardle August 23, 2011 at 2:43 am

I like you on fb!

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34 Rachelle Wardle August 23, 2011 at 2:44 am

liked 7 weeks to 100 pushups on fb.

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35 Rachelle Wardle August 23, 2011 at 2:46 am

I can do 25 pushups. But I'm sure my form sucks. :)

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36 Katy @ Fit In Heels August 23, 2011 at 3:04 am

Umm, when did you become the giveaway monster? I follow you!

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37 Katy @ Fit In Heels August 23, 2011 at 3:05 am

I like you on facebook.. Obvs.

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38 Katy @ Fit In Heels August 23, 2011 at 3:09 am

I will add your giveaway to my sidebar! I copied you :)

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39 The Hungry Runner Girl August 23, 2011 at 3:11 am

OF COURSE I AM A FOLLOWER AND VERY OBSESSED WITH YOU!!! Girl, you have incredible form!! I LOVE IT!

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40 Katy @ Fit In Heels August 23, 2011 at 3:13 am

I can do 50+ push ups.. Although given my history with southern Ontario bars and love for the push up, this isn't surprising.I challenge my male students to a push up contest every year.. And win :) though that doesn't say much for them.. This year I got to 60! I think this book would be great for my female PE classes! Okay, I'll stop writing now.

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41 Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom August 23, 2011 at 3:35 am

Awesome giveaway! I'm a follower :)

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42 Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom August 23, 2011 at 3:39 am

Liked your FB page!

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43 Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom August 23, 2011 at 3:42 am

liked 7 wks to 100 pushups FB page!

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44 Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom August 23, 2011 at 3:46 am

Already follow you on twitter :)

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45 Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom August 23, 2011 at 3:48 am

Used to be able to do 22 now only 17. Hope to get back up there and higher!

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46 Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom August 23, 2011 at 3:48 am

Shared on twitter :)

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47 Rose (Hacker Half Marathon) August 23, 2011 at 4:03 am

I'm a follower!

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48 Rose (Hacker Half Marathon) August 23, 2011 at 4:05 am

I like you on Facebook!

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49 Rose (Hacker Half Marathon) August 23, 2011 at 4:06 am

I like the book on facebook, too!

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50 Rose (Hacker Half Marathon) August 23, 2011 at 4:06 am

I can do 11 pushups. I'd like it to be 50!

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51 Laura August 23, 2011 at 6:10 am

I'm a follower who couldn't do 100 push-ups to save her life, haha… hopefully that will change one day soon!

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52 Christina August 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

I'm a follower!

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53 Christina August 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

I like you on facebook!

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54 Heather @ The World Through My Eyes August 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Of course I'm a a follower :)

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55 Heather @ The World Through My Eyes August 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

And if you're talking real, not-on-your-knee pushups, I can only do like 2. Clearly I need this book!

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56 Christina August 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I am a follower! That push-up on the rocks is really impressive!

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57 happyorhungry.com August 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thank you for commenting on my blog so I could discover yours! I like you already :)

I am now following you, but through Google Reader since I never use that friend connect thang.

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58 happyorhungry.com August 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I like you on FB! And so does my blog ;)

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59 happyorhungry.com August 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

following you!

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60 The Little Dish August 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Okay, just followed all of the above! It's embarrassing I cannot push ups at ALL. I may be able to eek out 3. Maybe. Squats are whole other issue too! I'm a cyclist and runner too and one day I had to do something fairly simple and I had no upper body strength. That has to change.

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61 Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) August 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I'm a follower of your blog!

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62 Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) August 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I like your FB page!

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63 Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) August 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I follow you on Twitter!

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64 Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) August 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I can do 35 consecutive push ups!

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65 Britt August 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I am a follower!

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66 Britt August 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Last fall I did 65 push ups non stop. I get really competitive, and wanted to beat all of the boys that were in the contest. That was the most I ever did, and the next day I could barely even lift my arm to brush my teeth.

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67 Meg O @watchmegorun August 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I follow you, girlie!

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68 Meg O @watchmegorun August 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Follow you on twitter too

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69 Meg O @watchmegorun August 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

And i like ya on fb!

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70 Jen @ Mom's Gotta Run August 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I can do 25 push ups right now… well, not right now, I mean.. if I had to I could. Well, you know what I mean. :)

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71 Laura August 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Christina!

Things I have done:
- follow you on twitter
- follow your every word on your blog :)
- like (or should i say love) your new FB page
- like the 7 weeks to 100 pushups FB page
- about to tweet about the giveaway.

before bed every night (not including the pushups that i do during the day and my quick 20's), i do 50. (20 pushups, 10 second break, 20 pushups, 10 second break, 10 pushups). i sometimes wake up and it is the second thing that i do in the morning (first, pee).

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72 Nelly August 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I follow you!

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73 Nelly August 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I do 20-30 pushups as part of my usual strength routine, I would guess I can do 35 pushups consecutively or so…on Wednesday I'll do an exact test to see and report back!

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74 Mandee August 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Strong is the new beautiful!

I'm a follower:):)

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75 DEM August 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I am a follower – way to rock out those push-ups!

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76 Nelly August 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Liked you on facebook!

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77 DEM August 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I already like you on FB!

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78 DEM August 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I liked 7 weeks to 100 push ups on FB!

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79 DEM August 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I already follow your tweets on twitter! @nello33

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80 DEM August 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

The most consecutive I have done is 50, but now I can do like 35 if I really push hard!

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81 DEM August 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I linked to this on my blog!

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82 The Unexpected Runner August 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I'm a follower….I can maybe do 2…. I think I really need that book!

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83 Rebecca August 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I'm "following" your blog via google reader as of right now!

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84 Rebecca August 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I have liked your new facebook page in the past!

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85 Rebecca August 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I "liked" 7 weeks to 100 pushups on facebook!

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86 Rebecca August 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I just followed you on twitter!

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87 Rebecca August 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

correction- i started following you a few weeeks ago! and i can do about 20 REAL pushups in a row

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88 Rebecca August 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I tweeted about this giveaway :)

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89 feeedingbrainandbody August 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I follow your blog :)

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90 feeedingbrainandbody August 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I can do 14 pushups in a row, but I want to be able to do 100!

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91 Free as a Bird August 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

I follow your blog!

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92 Free as a Bird August 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

Liked you on ur new FB page :)

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93 Free as a Bird August 24, 2011 at 1:18 am

also liked 7 weeks to 100 pushups on FB

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94 Free as a Bird August 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

I can do around 25 consecutive on a good day! lol

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95 ATTrio August 24, 2011 at 2:48 am

I am a follower =)

-Jen

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96 ATTrio August 24, 2011 at 2:49 am

I liked your FB page

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97 ATTrio August 24, 2011 at 2:49 am

I like the 7 weeks to 100 pushups on FB

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98 Katie August 24, 2011 at 5:43 am
99 Katie August 24, 2011 at 5:43 am

I can do 30 consecutive pushups, the real ones, not the girly ones =)

http://www.merrickandkatie.com/katie

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100 Lindsey (a running tale) August 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I am now a follower :)

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101 Lindsey (a running tale) August 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

AND found you on Twitter, woohoo!

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102 Suz and Allan August 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I'm following you on Twitter now too!

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103 Little Miss Runshine August 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

Awesome giveaway!! I follow you :)

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104 Little Miss Runshine August 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

I like you on facebook! :)

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105 Little Miss Runshine August 25, 2011 at 12:02 am

I'm following you on twitter (finally twitter let me!!!)

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106 cheryloo August 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Follow you lady

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107 Lydia August 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I follow your blog on twitter.

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108 Lydia August 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I like your facebook page.

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109 Lydia August 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I like 7 weeks to 100 Push-ups on FB.

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110 Lydia August 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I follow your blog. I meant to say earlier that I follow you on twitter. I'm so dumb! lol

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111 Lydia August 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I can do 10 consecutive push-ups, keeping my form. I used to be able to do 3. I have started Steve's program online a few times, but I seem to burn out at week 4. How far along into the program are you?

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112 Lydia August 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I tweeted about your giveaway!

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113 simplynutritiouskate August 29, 2011 at 2:48 am

im a follower!

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