“TEAM UNICORN SATURDAY ACTION FUN HOUR” CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT

I’m so happy to finally be able to announce the cast to Team Unicorn’s new pilot with Adult Swim!  What’s even more exciting is that we’ve cast our forth unicorn, the amazing Alison Haislip!  She’s a breath of fresh air and we are so excited to have her.

Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk Among Cast Set For Adult Swim’s ‘Team Unicorn’ Pilot From Robot Chicken Duo

By  | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 10:00am PDTTags: Adult SwimTeam Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!

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Production is underway on the Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! pilot forAdult Swim. Penned by Dan Milano (Greg The Bunny) and inspired by the Team Unicorn cartoons, the pilot is described as a modern twist on Saturday morning-style cartoon/live-action hybrid shows, but for adults. It follows the adventures of the four mythical heroines who masquerade as human girls. Danger Maiden Prods’ Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt executive produce and star alongside original Team Unicorn member Milynn Sarley (How I Met Your Mother) and Alison Haislip (Attack Of The Show) as both Team Unicorn and their cartoon counterparts. Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) voices the villainous Dark Puba; Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) voices her sidekick, Chummy Cherub; Tara Strong (The Fairly OddParents) voices Billy, the boy with the ability to summon Team Unicorn; and Kevin Shinick (Mad) is the show’s announcer. Robot Chicken creators Seth Greenand Matthew Senreich serve as executive producers for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Green is directing the pilot.

Danger Maiden Productions was formed in 2009 when Grant and Vanderbilt wrote/produced and starred in the viral video Saber, which won Best Action and the Audience Awards at the Lucasfilm Fan Awards. Recently they completed the trilogy, which has racked up more than 7 million views collectively. Team Unicorn first was introduced to geek and female empowerment fans in 2010 via G33K & G4M3R Girls, written and produced by its original members. The viral-video sensation captured a million views in its first week as a geek-centric parody of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” music video. Other Team Unicorn videos include Alien Beach Crashers, SuperHarmony, A Very Zombie Holiday and For The Win.

 

SAB3R: REVENGE OF THE THREESOME

Saber III: Revenge of the Threesome!

In an epic follow-up to the series that Rileah produces with her partner, Clare Grant, Nerdist presents Saber III: Revenge of the Threesome! Brace yourself for a next level 80′s Star Wars lightsaber duel between Clare, Rileah and Alison Haislip. Directed by Joe Lynch & Written by Adam Green.

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TEAM UNICORN INTERVIEW WITH ROCKETSTEM MAGAZINE

Team Unicorn: Intergalactic force of awesome


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By all accounts, Team Unicorn should not exist. Like the fabled unicorns of ancient mythology, geek girls are also supposed to be the stuff of myth and legend, whispered about in reverent tones at Comic Con, but only ever seen fleetingly out of the corner of one’s eye. And yet, these magical beasts are very real. They bludgeon bad guys, rescue kittens, and regularly save the Universe – all in a day’s work for this intergalactic force of awesome.

Formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2010, the original members of Team Unicorn were actresses and singers Clare Grant, Milynn Sarley, Rileah Vanderbilt and Michele Boyd. The group is best known for their parody songs, including “G33k & G4m3r Girls” which spoofed Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” Filled with geek cultural references, the song is a homage to women who love science fiction, manga, and especially gaming. Other YouTube hits include “A Very Zombie Holiday”, “SuperHarmony” (mocking those ubiquitous eHarmony commercials), “Alien Beach Crashers” (which spoofs the frothy 1950’s beach party songs institutionalized by Annette Funicello), and a “Starship Troopers” parody titled, “The UniCorps Wants YOU!”

Recently, Adult Swim announced that a Team Unicorn live action / animation pilot is in the works, from the creators of “Robot Chicken.”

I sat down with the unicorns for a lively discussion about gaming, music, movies and their love for space.

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Clare Grant

Q: Marvel or DC?

Clare: I’m a Marvel girl. I grew up reading Marvel comics, and love their relatable characters and storytelling. But DC has created the most iconic superheroes of all time, so I have mad respect for them as well. Plus-DC has Batman.

Q: Favorite astronaut, scientist, engineer or inventor?

Clare: Does my college physics professor count? Because he introduced me to physics, which I fell in love with, and made me realize how much I like science. But if I had to pick someone the rest of the world knows, right now it would be Nikola Tesla. He is fascinating.

Q: Favorite planet?

Clare: My favorite planet is actually Saturn’s moon, Titan. I grew up reading a lot of Kurt Vonnegut, and love Sirens of Titan so much, I adapted it in to a play that I directed in college. That book romanticized Titan in a way that will stick with me forever.

Q: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Clare: I am definitely more passionate about Star Wars, as it is one of the most influential movies of my life, and something that bonded me with my younger brothers and sisters. And now it is something that I share with my husband. But I also grew up watching Star Trek with my Dad, who is a huge Trekker, so I have a lot of love for Star Trek.

Q: Favorite space agency?

Clare: NASA. I went to Space Camp in Huntsville for a field trip and was immediately fascinated by space . When I moved from Memphis to Houston, my new neighborhood & schools backed up to NASA property. My Intermediate school was even called Space Center. Being completely immersed in NASA like I was during that time, I fell even more in love with the agency and everything it stands for.

Q: If you were on a long space journey, what food and beverage could you not live with out?

Clare: Coffee, chocolate & bacon.

Q: Build things or destroy them?

Clare: I’ve been taking things a part just to put them back together again since I was a little girl, beginning with my NES. Getting my first computer was fun because I immediately took it apart, switching parts added things to it.

Q: Favorite space mission?

Clare: I saw the final shuttle mission launch, STS-135,
and it was beautiful. But STS-134 is the most memorable for me personally. I went down to Florida with my husband and a couple friends for the launch for STS-134, and STS-135. STS-134 was scrubbed, so instead, the kind folks at NASA gave us the most incredible tour of Kennedy Space Center and of the Air Force base down there. We sat in the cockpit of Discovery, touched the belly of Atlantis, played flight director in command central, and got to tour old launch sites. AND, it was on my husband and I’s first wedding anniversary. Nothing could have been
more perfect or magical.

Q: Favorite video game?

Clare: Hardest question ever! Most played game: Super Mario Bros. 3. Favorite childhood game: Super Metroid. Most influential game: Dragon Warrior 1 or Final Fantasy 2. Favorite post-cartridge days game: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Favorite recent game: the most recent Tomb Raider.

Q: If you could travel to any single place in the solar system where would you go?

Clare: Sirius. What’s up there????

 

Q: Aliens or Robots?

Clare: Giant, shiny robots. Preferably those glorious 5 in 1 robots.

Q: Superhero or a Villain?

Clare: Superhero with a dark past.

Q: Favorite space movie?

Clare: Aliens

Q: If you could travel to Mars, what five things would you take with you?

Clare: Kindle, iPhone, cozy hoodie, my husband & my cat.

Q: What space noise turns you on?

Clare: The Final Countdown.

Q: If you were a spacecraft which one would you be?

Clare: Tardis.

Q: If you could play any part in any sci-fi / space film or TV show, past, present or future, what would it be and why?

Clare: Han Solo. Because-Han Solo.

 

Q: The Universe; will it end in fire or ice? The Great Contraction or The Great Freeze?

 

Clare: FIRE!!! E

 

XPLOSIONS!!

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Rileah Vanderbilt

Q: Favorite space movie?

Rileah: “Space Camp.” You really get to pilot a Shuttle to space if you go to camp, right?

Q: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Rileah: Star Wars. It will always be my first Sci-Fi love.

Q: The Universe; will it end in fire or ice? The Great Contraction or The Great Freeze?

Rileah: The Great Freeze. An expanding universe is a cold universe.

Q: Superhero or a villain?

Rileah: Superhero. With great power comes great responsibility.

Q: Favorite astronaut, scientist, engineer or inventor?

Rileah: There’s a special place in my heart for Nikola Tesla. I love an underdog.

Q: Favorite planet?

Rileah: Earth. Nothing we’ve found yet, is as beautiful or unique as our little blue planet.

Q: Aliens or robots?

Rileah: Aliens. The idea of extraterrestrial life is pretty epic.

Q: Favorite space mission?

Rileah: Apollo 11. It was the first time anyone had stepped foot on another celestial body before. Such a profound moment for mankind.

Q: If you could travel to Mars what five things would you take with you?

Rileah: Toothbrush, footie pajamas, camera, my media library and the hubby.

Q: Favorite video game?

Rileah: Mario Bros. 3

Q: If you were on a long space journey, what food and beverage could you not live with out?

Rileah: Ramen noodles and green tea.

Q: Marvel or DC?

Rileah: This one’s tough, but Batman is my all time favorite comic character and I love Wonder Woman so I’ll have to go DC.

Q: If you could travel to any single place in the solar system where would you go?

Rileah: Spring break on Mars!

Q: What astronaut would you date?

Rileah: Neil Armstrong. I think you get cool points from your friends if you date the guy who was the first to walk on the moon.

Q: If you were a spacecraft which one would you be?

Rileah: Voyager 1. To be the first to be the first to travel into Interstellar Space is pretty awesome.

Q: If you could play any part in any sci-fi / space film or TV show, past, present or future, what would it be and why?

Rileah: Can I be Han Solo?? I’d like that. He has the best ship and a wookiee for a best friend.

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Milynn Sarley

Q: Aliens or robots?

Milynn: Robots, I’m really only bidding my time staying alive till I can download my consciousness into an organic robot and live forever. Muahahaahaha.

Q: Build things or destroy them?

Milynn: Destroy how? With FIRE? I’m listening….

Q: Favorite Astronaut, scientist, engineer or inventor?

Milynn: Bobak Ferdowsi but only because he paid me to say that. #science

Q: The Universe; will it end in fire or ice? The Great Contraction or The Great Freeze?

Milynn: The Universe will end not with a bang but with a whimper…or from dark matter. Almost definitely dark matter.

 

Q: Marvel or DC?

Milynn: Marvel. I’ve been obsessed with the X-men franchise since childhood.

Q: Favorite planet?

 

Milynn: Gliese 581 g. It makes me dream dreams about the future, when intergalactic travel will be be a reality and the exploration for intelligent life can truly begin.

Q: Favorite video game?

Milynn: I’m not good at picking favorites but I would say FFVII had one of the biggest impacts on my life. It changed the whole way of how I viewed gaming and created the monster I am today.

Q: If you could travel to Mars what five things would you take with you?

Milynn: Five puppies. I mean…puppies are always the right answer…right? RIGHT?!

Q: Superhero or a villain?

Milynn: Villain. Full Villain.

Q: If you were on a long space journey, what food and beverage could you not live with out?

Milynn: If i were on a long space journey I would expect to be put into a lovely cryo-sleep until I had reached my destination. Should that technology be lacking, I suppose an endless supply of Jameson would be and acceptable alternative.

Q: If you could travel to any single place in the solar system where would you go?

Milynn: I get a free pass on dying right? Then the inside of a black hole. I desperately want to know what the ballz is inside of one of those things…or if they lead to somewhere.

Q: If you were a spacecraft which one would you be?

Milynn: The Tardis, because it can travel through space AND time. Also…bigger on the inside.

 

Q: If you could play any part in any sci-fi / space film or TV show, past, present or future, what would it be and why?

Milynn: Leeloo. Why? Multipass.

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This article appeared in the March 2014 issue of RocketSTEM.
You may download the entire issue as a PDF file here, or view the magazine online in a full-screen viewer here.

– See more at: http://claregrant.com/interview-with-clare-for-stem-magazine/#sthash.dWY1v7BZ.dpuf

BENT CON!

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Come see Team Unicorn on the  Un-gays in comics: Not-LGBT creator panel this Saturday at Bent-Con!  We will be discussing the hardships and triumphs of creating our own content.  Panel starts at 3pm!

 

More information here: Bent-Con Website

COMIKAZE SIGNING FOR CUPCAKE QUARTERLY!

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I will be appearing at Stan Lee’s Comikaze this Saturday for Cupcake Quarterly!!  Come by the Castle Corsetry booth, (booth #731) and get your copy of the magazine signed by me and my partner in crime Clare Grant!  I freakin’ love our Hogwarts house corsets we get to wear, courtesy of Ms. Lauren Bregman of Castle Corsetry!

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TEAM UNICORN FOR WE LOVE FINE!

Geek girls of the world unite!!  Team Unicorn has teamed up with We Love Fine to model some of their newest geek fashions.  It’s so refreshing to see clothing companies really start to make nerd/geek stuff for girls that’s not just t-shirts.  Leggings, crop tops, sweaters, oh my!  Check out all the styles at WeLoveFine.com

 

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SO MUCH LOVE! THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!

Just wanted to take a sec to thank all you guys out there for being so supportive of our Wonder Woman project!  It’s been such a surreal and awesome experience.  I had hoped it would do well, but I never expected it to blow up the way it did.  4 million views in just a week…it’s kinda crazy pants!!  We’ve heard through the grapevine that the peeps over at Warner Bros. and DC have seen it and love it!  That still doesn’t mean that all of a sudden they are going to stop what they’re doing and hire our team to make a movie or television series, but at least they took notice and are really excited about the direction we took the character and franchise in.  I love this character and I so hope that I get to play her again!  Below are a couple of links to interviews and press about the project:)

xoxo,

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One of the neatest things was seeing the short trend all over the internet.  Not only were we front and center on youtube for a couple of days but we were the number one trending topic on Yahoo, Google, and Google +!

 

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Nerdist Industries Interview: http://www.nerdist.com/2013/09/rainfalls-films-shows-dc-how-to-make-a-wonder-woman-movie/

Fan Voice Interview: http://voice.fan.tv/2013/09/30/cant-wonder-woman-ha-chat-rileah-vanderbilt-short-film/

Impulse Gamer Interview: http://www.impulsegamer.com/rileah-vanderbilt-wonder-woman-interview-real-wonder-woman/

BuzzFeed Interview: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/amazing-fan-made-wonder-woman-short-film-proves-why-there-ne

WONDER WOMAN ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA!

Um, so weird and incredible waking up to this!  Yay!!!!

 

FITNESS BLOG: WEEK SIX & SEVEN

Sorry guys for not posting last week!!  I’ve had so much stuff going on that it’s been pretty tough to keep up.  Like I’ve said before, sometimes life gets in the way! I had premiere’s for HOLLISTON and HATCHET 3, which are both projects that I’m in, then last week was E3.  In case you aren’t familiar, E3 is a huge electronics and gaming convention. It was really great to get to see and demo all the new games that are coming out.  Hopefully, I actually have time to play a couple of them in the future:)  With the Team Unicorn Adult Swim show going to pilot, I have a feeling my spare time is going to be cut down quite a bit.  I’m a gamer, who doesn’t have time to game…go figure, lol.  However, it will be good to be back to being busy with the show, I constantly need to have an creative outlet or I start to feel crazy!

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Clare and I ran into Alicia Marie and Adrianne Curry at E3…I feel so little compared to those beautiful amazons!  Plus, I think this is probably the most gorgeous picture of Adrianne I’ve ever seen;)

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Pic from Hatchet 3 premiere.

So over the past two weeks, I have to be honest, I haven’t really been able to stay on track as far as working out consistently is concerned.  Last week, I only had time to work out three times opposed to my goal of six.  It sucks, but I just have to accept the fact that sometimes there are other things that are going to take priority over working out.  Still, I’m really happy that I managed to make it as much as I did  considering how busy I was.  Admittedly, a lot of me being “busy” was me hanging out with friends.  Baseball games, birthday parties, premieres, camping, etc.  If you know me personally, and you’re reading this, you know that I don’t usually make having fun a priority.  I’m the type of person to reply NO to most Facebook invites, usually make it a rule to “Irish exit” from a party forty minutes in, and would rather spend my Friday nights watching old sci-fi shows or cartoons on Netflix while cuddling with my kitties and pup than going to the club with my girlfriends.  Basically, I’m a boring cat lady…glamorous, I know.  Sorry, If I shattered the illusion of an exciting Hollywood life for you guys!  I’m starting to think that maybe the fitness regimen I’m on has something to do with it…that and of course the company of amazing friends;)  I just have so much more energy than I usually do that going out doesn’t feel like such a chore like it used to.  Same with my sleep schedule.  Usually, I have to have eight hours of sleep to feel functional the next day.  I’ve always been so jealous of those people that are totally fine with six hours of sleep, because for me six hours of sleep (or less) will basically ruin my day.  It actually physically makes me sick.  Imagine morning sickness without an alien baby growing in your stomach…not fun!…not that having an alien baby baking in your oven would be fun either, but you get my meaning.  Strangely, I’m finding that recently my body doesn’t want eight hours of sleep anymore, it wants less, but I wake up feeling amazing…SO WEIRD!  Of course, my first instinct was to fight it.  “Noooo body, you NEED eight hours of sleep!  Why aren’t you sleeping?!?  Why you so kray???”  However, now I’m finally starting to accept the fact that I just don’t need as much sleep anymore.  SO AWESOME!  What a great side effect of getting into shape:)

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This weeks meal prep!  Throwing everything on the grill is a really great way to cook super fast!

Over the past couple weeks, I ran into a few of you who have been reading this blog.  Really blessed to have your support, guys!  I  started out writing this to keep myself on track with my goals and to share the process, but I’m super excited that some of you have been inspired to start your own fitness routines!  Yay you!  Love hearing your guy’s stories and what you have been doing in order to get in shape.  It’s hard but keep at it, the results are totally worth it!

Hugs everyone!  I’ll leave you with a sampling of my gym playlist that helps to keep me motivated!

ACDC: (Shoot to Thrill, Thunderstruck) If you don’t have at least one ACDC song in your mix, you’re doing it wrong my friend.
Britney Spears: (Gimme More, Till the World Ends) 
Ke$ha: (Blow) Have any of you seen this video?  Unicorns and James Van Der Beek…how can you go wrong??
Foo Fighters: (Walk)  This song is super motivational, and I have no idea why, haha!  Always feel like I can push harder when this song comes on.
will.i.am: (Scream & Shout) LOVE.
AFI: (Miss Murder)
Baptized by Fire: (Juggernaut) This is a friend of mine’s band and one of his original songs!
Buckcherry: (Lit Up)
The Cult: (Fire Woman)
Disturbed: (Inside the Fire)
Europe: (The Final Countdown) I mean, how can you not?
Fall Out Boy: (I Don’t Care)
Goldfrapp: (Ooh La La) This song is so sexy and has such a great beat.  I just want to roll around on the floor and do dirty things when this comes on;)
Guns N’ Roses: (Sweet Child of Mine, Paradise City) I have an affinity for 80s hair rock so of course I’d have some GnR in my mix:)
Imagine Dragons: (Radioactive) Some days I have to pretend that I’m getting in shape to fight zombies…this song helps with that.
Marilyn Manson: (Personal Jesus, Desposable Teens) I LOVE working out to Manson…Maybe I have a dark side, lol!  Must be my Scorpio rising sign…
Muse: (Supermassive Blackhole)
The Prodigy: (Firestarter)
Scorpions: (Rock You Like A Hurricane) Classic.
Rob Zombie: (Living Dead Girl)
Shiny Toy Guns: (Le Disko)
Velvet Revolver: (Slither) Scott Weiland and Slash?  Yes.
Survivor: (Eye of the Tiger) Good enough for Rocky…
The Cure: (Just like Heaven)
AWOLNATION: (Sail)
Daft Punk: (Get Lucky)
Bon Jovi: (Living on a Prayer)
Def Leppard: (Let’s Get Rocked, Pour Some Sugar on Me)
The Outfield: (Our Love)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FITNESS BLOG: WEEK FIVE

Yayyyy!  It’s week five, we’re almost there!!!  I’ve been so much better this week compared to the last two.  Taking a step back and re-evaluating my goals really helped a lot.  The important thing is not to give up when you get off track.  Just gotta pick yourself up and start again!  Found out that my shooting schedule for this project got pushed back another couple of weeks so it looks like I have even more time to get in shape!  That also means you guys get a couple more weeks of fitness blogs too!!!  Whoot!  I’m really happy with the results so far, and am excited to see what another couple of weeks can do:)

So, last week I told you guys that my metabolism has been on fire.  It’s amazing what a couple of constant weeks at the gym can do after spending a few years being a workaholic and not making fitness/nutrition a priority.  Even though, my main goal hasn’t been to lose weight, I’m definitely seeing a change in that department.  A couple of you have asked what my starting weight was, and I haven’t said because I felt like it was irrelevant since that wasn’t my goal.  However, for some of you out there it is a priority and the information will probably benefit you.  Five weeks ago I started out at 118 pounds…(ps: I know, that’s not fat AT ALL, but I was definitely soft)  I weighed myself on Sunday and I’m down to 111 pounds.  So I lost a good 7 pounds in five weeks.  Doesn’t seem like a lot, but on me it’s pretty noticeable.  I’m kinda hoping that it’s going to slow down since I feel like I’m wasting away to nothing!  Haha!  No more boobs:(  However, those inner and outer thighs are seeing a huge improvement. (Thank you fitness Gods!)  I cut out the cardio last week to see if that would help slow down my metabolism, but it’s still gobbling up all my fat stores so I think I’m going to have to alter my diet as well so it evens out a little bit…yay, cheat days!!  It’s important to adjust your fitness routine if you notice that you aren’t getting the results you want, or if you are getting something different than what you are trying to achieve.  That’s why there are so many different exercise programs out there.  Everyone’s body is different and won’t respond the same way.  For instance, INSANITY/P90X doesn’t work for me because my body goes into shock from the high intensity and all it wants to do is eat  it’s weight in pizza after working out and it’s impossible for me to eat clean.  That can totally sabotage  your fitness goals.

2It’s really amazing the mass to mass ratio of what five pounds of body fat looks like compared to five pounds of muscle!  Gross!

Didn’t really change much up this past week.  I’m still alternating three leg/butt days with three arm/shoulder days.  Fitting two days of abs on top of my other days as well.  Started to notice that my ab workouts didn’t feel like it was doing anything, so I decided to do all my ab exercises as a power set.  Basically, instead of taking a break in between exercises I just power through them all without stopping.  Definitely changed things!  Each set of ab exercises last about six and a half minutes so imagine constant crunching for that long before a break.  Times that by three!  Sometimes, you just need to up the intensity!  I think my abs and my arms are the most improved for sure.  The booty is going to take more time.  Your glutes are the biggest muscle group in your body so the amount of energy and time it takes to sculpt that area is longer than other parts.  Even still, I’m pretty confident that I can pass the pencil test now!  I will not stop until I have an ass comparable to Alicia Marie’s;)  I mean…her booty is insane!

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I’ve been holding back from posting booty pics on this blog, because taking booty selfies is just ridiculous, but it’s the only body part I haven’t shown so…here you go!   Definitely got more lift than five weeks ago:)

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I know I said that I was cutting out cardio…this is from the week before.  The stair machines at my gym are awesome since you can compete with your fellow gym-goers for best climb of the week!!!  Suuure, go ahead make it a game.  Gauntlet thrown.  Challenge accepted.  I.  WIN.

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Motivational words from my gym.  Get it…because you get hot working out????  Bueller?  See you guys next week!  Hopefully, on time!  Hugs!

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