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Dunes Day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I had a really nice day today. A friend of mine came over and we took our dogs to the Dunes.

We got a bit of a late start but that didn’t matter. We walked our dogs around the neighborhood a bit so they would be calmer together in the car. Then we headed out to the Dunes.

We did trail 9 (one of the “moderate” trails). We also took the dogs down to the beach. Tazzy actually got her first time “off-leash” in the water. She was nervous about it but ended up having a ton of fun. When we went to walk down the beach, Tazzy refused to move without me putting her leash back on. It was really kind of cute.

I got home to an empty house, hubby and boy child were both at work. Took Gypsy out for a short walk and then just sat down to relax with Uncle Vinny.

My ankle is very sore and a bit swollen. The compression socks really help while on my feet today. I may wear them to work tomorrow. I know I’m passed the point for icing my ankle so I’m just going to go for the pain killer and keep it up for the rest of the night. Hopefully it should start to feel better soon.

  
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MJREIMERS 8/20/2014 7:09PM

    I'm glad you had a nice time with your friend and the pups. I hope your ankle recoups quickly! Hang in there!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/19/2014 2:53PM

    Sounds like so much fun! Wishing you relief and mobility.

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WICKEDMELISSA 8/19/2014 10:42AM

    I enjoy those kind of relaxing exercise days
Hope your feeling better

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ALLYCANDOIT 8/18/2014 8:01PM

    Sounds like the best day. Sorry about the ankle.

Ally

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ICECUB 8/18/2014 7:44PM

    GLAD YOU HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME. TAZZY IS A SMART PUP.

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TWEETYKC00 8/18/2014 5:56PM

    glad you had such a good day.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/18/2014 4:59PM

    Glad you got to go for a walk and have some fun ............ Have a good week!!

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JAXMOMMY 8/18/2014 3:25PM

    Good for you! Take it easy on that ankle! Just hate that you hurt it in the first place! Your Dunes Days just sound awesome!

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/18/2014 1:57PM

    Glad your ankle is getting a bit better.

Tazzy is such a smart pup!

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OHANAMAMA 8/18/2014 1:00PM

    what a great day! I hope your ankle is feeling better.

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JUSTME29 8/18/2014 9:00AM

    I hope your ankle feels better quickly. I think you should file a complaint with the event organizers about the safety of the course -you probably wouldn't be the only one.

It does sound like a fund day at the dunes, and Tazzy insisting on her leash definitely sounds very cute.

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KALEWINE 8/18/2014 8:52AM

    Glad you had a good time at the dunes! I hope your ankle feels better soon!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/18/2014 7:17AM

    hope you feel better! NO more night runs for YOU!

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ISLAMOM 8/18/2014 6:16AM

    Glad you had a great day! Hope your ankle recovers quickly!! Keep on going!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/18/2014 4:53AM

    I'm sorry your ankle is still hurting and swollen. Glad you had a good day though with your friend and the dogs. Funny about Tazzy not wanting to go without her leash.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/18/2014 4:01AM

    So glad you had a good day. Keep smiling! Take care of that ankle.

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CIPHER1971 8/18/2014 2:22AM

    Glad you had a good day, I hope your ankle heals quickly

Have a great day

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KELLIEBEAN 8/17/2014 9:53PM

    What a great day. I hope the ankle is okay.



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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 9:36PM

    Glad you had a nice Dunes day!!

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LESLIELENORE 8/17/2014 9:33PM

    Grrr about the ankle! But yay that you had a good day today. If Cooper loses his collar for some reason while I am out walking he just lays down and looks at me like "what now, mom?"

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LIVINGFREE19 8/17/2014 9:14PM

    Sounds like a fun day with the dogs!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/17/2014 9:07PM

    Wow, you really got it at that run. :( I'm so sorry. I'm glad you guys had fun though!

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Black Light Run - NEVER again!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I am normally very excited to write a race report. Even the traumatic experiences of the China Town 5K – rain, cold, bronchitis, etc- did not make me passé about writing my report. This race, however, I am hard pressed to write about.

See, I have absolutely NOTHING good to say about this race. The organization was horrible. The staff was rude. The course was dangerous. I will try to give a truthful account and let you decided if I am being overly harsh.

The “before” party started at 6:30 pm, the race was scheduled to start at 9. I arrived at the park at about 7. It took over 45 minutes to park. They could not seem to decide how or where to park the cars. I had three people attempt to collect the parking fee from me, even though I already had a paid ticket on my dashboard.

I finally got parked and headed into the race. I met up with two friends at the “before” party just a few minutes before they called for us to line up. We were herded into cattle shoots with absolutely no organization. They did not attempt to have runner or walkers separate. There were no set waves. It took over 45 minutes to reach the start.

Once we did reach the start they were asking walkers to stay to the right and runners to the left. I moved to the left hand side and awaited the countdown. Within 20 feet of the start line it was too dark to see the ground. This was problematic in and of itself but to add to the fun, there were orange construction cones littering the ground. I saw at least 5 people go down tripping over them. I think they were supposed to be course markers but without a 5 cent glow stick they were invisible. Guess no one thought to go to the dollar store.

There were far more walkers than runners at this event. The walkers also just kind of wandered all over the path. At times they were walking 6 across the path, leaving no room to get around. It proved even more fun as these same people were stopping dead in the middle to the path to take pictures, send pictures, text, tweet , and whatever else could be done on a cell phone. The more “busy” these walkers were, the more indignant they were about being passed. Oh and did I mention they had been serving beer at the before party so not all of these lovelies were sober!

We did a lap around the park and then we were weaving back and forth through the back lot. The problem here was there were several transitions between gravel (black) and asphalt (black). The idea of a 99 cent roll of duct tape to mark the edges with something visible under black light and/or some kid with a small flashlight obviously did not occur to the planners of this race. Instead we were all left to be surprised by these frequent changes, resulting in twisted ankles (mine being a victim 3 times) and several more tumbles.

Now, just like at a color run there were “glow” stations throughout the run. Unlike the color run, these stations were places for people to collect and play. The volunteers were taking pictures under the lights and painting people with color which made getting through almost impossible. Even better, they would NOT let us run around the color station. Also, I’m not certain what they were using but it was not the nice corn starch of the color runs. This stuff left a nice dry burning sensation in your throat you breathed it in. Add to that – no water stations! Yes there was one at the midpoint of the race. There was no one handing out water, you couldn’t get up to the table, and the water was just over a Dixie cup.

Believe it or not there is tons of “ick” I left out. How about the volunteers that wouldn’t let you have any water at the start of the race and yelled at me for taking water from the “wrong end of the table” at the end of the race?!? These same people insisted that it was one cup per runner (remember Dixie cup) and that if you needed more you had to go buy a bottle for 4 bucks.

It took me 37 minutes to complete this run. I would lay money on 5 minutes of that was wasted getting through color stations and trying to weave around people who didn’t want to move but didn’t want to be passed. My ankle was sore, I was experiencing that “aggravated tired”. I really just wanted to get out of there. However, there was one more insult to suffer.

There were no lights in the parking lot. So you had people from stone sober to intoxicated trying to find where they had left their cars in the dark. Also, they had no parking attendants so cars were going every which way trying to find a way out. All I have to say is I only like Frogger as a video game!!

Fortunately I had a good friend close by with a hot tub and a beer. A light beer no less, so I didn’t even go over calorie!

Hey – found a good spot!!!

  
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CASEYSAUER 8/21/2014 1:11PM

    WOW! I would never do that run again either!

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WICKEDMELISSA 8/19/2014 10:40AM

    wow, that does not sound like a fun 5K at all That is too bad that this event was so poorly organized

Hope your ankle is better quickly!!

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JAXMOMMY 8/18/2014 3:21PM

    Yikes! It just may be me, and I'm a firm drinker, but why would they have beer before a race? Sounds terribly unorganized, terribly rude and terribly dangerous! Sounds like the walkers should have just taken an evening stroll in their neighborhoods. the idea of not allowing runners waater just seems cruel! As someone else said.... Glad you made it out alive! Gld a friend had a hot tub and a light beer waiting too!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/18/2014 11:23AM

    Good ideas will always suffer from bad execution. Sheesh.

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REEDWEEB 8/18/2014 8:46AM

    Wow, that was a horrible run! You would have thought being at night there would have been more precautions taken. Sorry about the ankle. Glad you made it out alive!! lol emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/18/2014 8:35AM

    Oh my gosh--I've had some bad race experiences, but nothing compared to this race. The funny thing is, there is a similar race here this weekend that I had considered donig, but changed my mind. Boy, am I glad! Something about trying to run alongside drunken walkers in the dark does not sound like fun.

I hope your ankle is feeling better, and I hope you can find a small, more enjoyable race to do very soon!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/17/2014 9:16PM

    Yikes! That would have been really frustrating! If they're going to do a night run then they should have done better to light where you were supposed to be going. And the whole water thing and being rude would have been even more frustrating. It seems like a really dumb idea to serve liquor before a run or even walk. The people who put together this event seem like they were young, inexperienced and trying to make the race as cheap as possible to make their profits better. I hope your ankle is feeling better now.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/17/2014 7:56PM

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/17/2014 7:42PM

    That sounds awful.
If there is a way to get in touch with the organizers of this race, I think I would do that with your concerns and suggestions.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/17/2014 5:17PM

    Yikes! Yeah, I wouldn't do that race again. Glad you survived.

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MJREIMERS 8/17/2014 3:56PM

    I'm sorry that the run was so frustrating. I'm sure that fewer "runners" will be at the event next year. Someone could have broken a leg or even worse!
I'm glad you found some enjoyment at the end of the day!

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ICECUB 8/17/2014 3:10PM

    SOUNDS TERRIBLE. NO ORGANIZATION. THIS WAS DANGEROUS ESPECIALLY PEOPLE DRINKING AND THEN LEAVING A DARK PARKING LOT.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 2:07PM

    Good grief! That's all I can say!

HUGS

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/17/2014 2:01PM

    Sorry you had a bad experience. What a blessing that was so unusual. Better luck next time.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/17/2014 1:02PM

    sounds like a real horror!

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_JODI404 8/17/2014 12:29PM

    That is really bad!!! I totally understand the never again!!

Glad you had your own nice ending in a hot tub. Hope your ankle is better quickly!!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 8/17/2014 11:21AM

    Wow....sounds dangerous in so many ways, and just plain nasty. They sound like they were forced to be part of the thing and they were taking it out on everyone participating of their own free will. UGH! I hope your ankle will be okay...

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JUSTME29 8/17/2014 10:46AM

    It sounds like this one was geared more for the drinkers and wanderers, not for runners or even actual walkers. It doesn't sounds safe at all! I'm glad you didn't get more seriously injured, and I hope you don't end up in any more racers from these organizers.

Glad you had a friend's place to go to to wind down at the end.

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HOLLYM48 8/17/2014 9:43AM

    wow, that does not sound like a fun 5K at all. That sucks because those should be the most fun and yet they really bombed big time. But I am sure you will find others that are better organized and much more fun next time. Good job on completing the race regardless of the conditions and I am glad you were able to get out of the parking area without any fender benders!

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KALEWINE 8/17/2014 9:39AM

    Wow! That sounds awful!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/17/2014 8:08AM

    That sounds pretty frustrating, all-around. Ugh.

I hope you'll share these comments with the organizers. It sounds like they need to hear them.

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RASPBERRY56 8/17/2014 7:11AM

    Sorry about your bad experience - don't know what would be worse......the rudeness, or the co-mingling of runners and walkers! Of course, having to deal with both would be horrific! Perhaps, if there is any sense of justice in the world, this event will *no longer be held*!

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/17/2014 6:33AM

    Wow! Talk about total disorganization. Seems more like a keg party thrown by college students with little attention paid to the event. You get happy to participate in an event and it is not well organized takes a little bit away from it.
I always like to read about your events or see pictures,but it seems like you did not have a very good time. I hope your ankle heals nd you enjoyed that beer at the end.

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CIPHER1971 8/17/2014 5:27AM

    Sounds awful, at least you never will run it again.

Have a great day

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/17/2014 2:20AM

    Well, it was good catching up with you! There's another bright spot! I'm glad to have finished it, but I agree on pretty much all points. It seemed that towards the end of the race it was a TOUCH better - I saw someone towards the end (past the water station) with a light saying "not much further!) and a few arrows lit. But that's it. I think I'll sign up for the Hot Chocolate next since you've given it rave reviews before.
Here's to the next race being better!!!

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GHK1962 8/17/2014 1:37AM

    Although I have not seen any of your other run reviews ... the fact that you mentioned that you had done several ... means to me that this one I take as good info. (In my experience, those how like running and do run reviews tend to be pretty fair.)

That is too bad that this event was so poorly organized. (I can't believe they had beer BEFORE the event. That is just a recipe for disaster that only attracts partiers it would seem.)

Most all events I have ever been to, no matter what goes on, the paramount issues is safety. Without that ...

I mean, night runs can be fun ... ahh ... well, I saw a glow run near my area ... I better take a better look before I enter.

Thanks for the review at any rate ... and I hope your next run event goes a LOT better.

And .. I have seen you commenting on another's blog I comment on ... so thought I'd stop by yours :)

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WEARINGTHIN 8/17/2014 1:33AM

    Maybe next race. Glenn

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2BDYNAMIC 8/17/2014 12:16AM

    Wow! This sounds like a nightmare! ........... Odd they held it at night in the dark too ........... and no organization ................ I wonder if they are going to repeat next year? .............. I think I might bow out from this group ........... and rude too! Wow ........... Sorry and hope the next one makes up for this! ......... emoticon

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SHAPING-DESTINY 8/16/2014 11:29PM

    How sad! emoticon I only hope your ankle gets well soon!

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LESLIELENORE 8/16/2014 11:29PM

    Agh! I would be so frustrated. They don't need to be trying to organize something like this if they are so lax over important details. Safety first!

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My New Challenge for Myself.

Friday, August 08, 2014

I don’t have very much blog time tonight so I’m just going to get right to it.

See, I’m really not happy about how things have been going. I went up 22 pounds the beginning of this year. Since April I have been playing with the same 3 pounds. Nice little roller coaster ride.

Well, all rides have to end. I’m either going up or down. I’m either going to gain back all the weight and live life as a blimp eating myself into an urn the size of Toledo. OR I’m going to get serious again, I’m going to track my food and movements, I’m going to make a serious commitment to myself and my health. And get back into my jeans.

As I am not an Ohio girl (no offence to anyone) I’m getting South Side serious! I have 145 days until the end of the year. I’m getting rid of the extra me by the end of the year. I have made up a spreadsheet (because that is what I do). I have a daily calorie (1500), step (10,000), st (30 min), stretching (5), and cardio (60 min) goals. I have done my spreadsheet so I have a constant average. I know I won’t be perfect every day but I know I can make things average out. Balance is the key.

I arrived at these numbers by looking at what worked for me originally. These were my numbers when I was losing consistently. I want to get back to that. I know I can.

I’m not going to promise to report every day – that would be setting myself up to fail but I will be sharing my progress. If I could figure out how to share the sheet I would. This is a major challenge for me as I rebel against any and all planning. However, the goals are loose and I have a multitude of choices on how to succeed, I just need to achieve numbers.

Anyone else?

  
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JAXMOMMY 8/18/2014 3:41PM

    Hope this is working for you! I rebel against planning too! As it is time for a new semester I need to make sure I have an exercise plan with no outs in it! Keep us posted on your progress!

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CATIATM 8/13/2014 4:41AM

    How is it going? I have a habit of starting, also doing spreadsheets, etc -- but then not sticking with it. I seem to spend my whole life tying to get organised but never actually being organised. I hope you're doing better and seeing results! emoticon

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CHANGINGHORSES 8/12/2014 8:28PM

    Woohoo! You keep fighting back girl! You can do this!
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BOILHAM 8/12/2014 3:22PM

    Love your attitude. You can do this. Most all of us have a roller coaster ride with the scale, just varying degrees. So you have a lot of company to commiserate with you. Keep up the good work!

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OHANAMAMA 8/11/2014 5:11PM

    I'm on that roller coaster all too often, myself.

You have a terrific plan, I know you can do it!
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CAT-IN-CJ 8/11/2014 9:56AM

    You know yourself better than anyone else can.
Make a plan that works for you, with mid-course-corrections as necessary . . . and make it happen.

I know you can do it!

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RASPBERRY56 8/11/2014 5:17AM

    I don't have much in the way of sage advice to give you, other than to take "small steps" and not try to do too much in one fell swoop (going at something too big, too hard and too quickly has caused me much grief in this journey)........

Just stay strong and don't let any well-meaning, but clueless people distract you or get in the way of your plans and goals (we all know the type, and they can be anywhere in your day or life)!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/11/2014 1:01AM

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2BDYNAMIC 8/10/2014 6:32PM

    I know each person is individual ............ and one man's medicine is another's poison .......... I can't follow most blueprints ...... But one I just came up for me was this: ............. I tried on some really cool looking and fitting pants yesterday at Macy's ............ Well Football season is coming and it is VERY big here ........... so I told myself I can get a pair on ONE condition .......... I have some pants in my closet that are really tight now ............. When I can wear them again and look and feel good in them .............. that is super cause I love them ......... But THEN and only then will I head back to the store for the black skinny pants! ............ I presented the dangling carrot in front of the rabbit ............ and I want the reward MORE so I am not making allowances. ................ You will find what works for you ............... I am sure of it!

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LESLIELENORE 8/10/2014 3:16PM

    I rebel against planning too. Glad to know I am not the only one.

My committment will be to go back to my streak numbers and do at least 120 minutes of fitness activities each day. I live it open as to what they will be, so I don't get caught to rebellious!

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MJREIMERS 8/10/2014 2:20PM

    I will join you in a new commitment. I have been wrestling with the same 3-5 lbs. along with weeks of healthy eating only to be "messed up" by a day or two of binge eating. My binge eating consists of eating "crap food" and occasionally going over my calorie range.

I feel better when I eat healthy. My body now needs/craves fresh veggies and fruit. I will honor my body by eating for health.

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KALEWINE 8/9/2014 11:42PM

    That sounds awesome! It's always good to see what worked in the past and try to apply those same principles.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/9/2014 9:18PM

    You can do it!

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ICECUB 8/9/2014 7:42PM

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/9/2014 6:05PM

    I think it's good to go back to something that worked for you before It's good to have a plan and yet have it open / flexible enough for how you want to do it. You got this! emoticon

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CASEYSAUER 8/9/2014 3:51PM

    I am right there with you girlfriend! I have to "get back to it!" NOW! TWAS! I know you can do this!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/9/2014 1:50PM

    You can do this!

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WOLFRUNNERONE 8/9/2014 12:38PM

    Yes , I went back to my original calorie intake as well - great goals Kitty - you can do it !

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/9/2014 11:43AM

    Good for you!! You will get back on track I can tell!
Maybe you can take a picture of the spreadsheet and put it on your page!

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LAILATN 8/9/2014 11:33AM

    Fantastic plan!

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MISSM66 8/9/2014 11:07AM

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1CRAZYDOG 8/9/2014 10:32AM

    You've got a plan, now work it. You can do it, you've done it! HUGS

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FREDSEVOLUTION 8/9/2014 10:24AM

    This sounds so familiar, as far as gaining weight back then, having to fight with 5 lbs, 10 lbs. I'm in the same boat. I'm up 15 lbs from last year this time and have been struggling with those pounds since early spring. I never really gave it a though about looking at what was working for me. I need to revisit my tracker. Thank you so much for the motivation and what a great way to combat these evil pounds. We cannot go backwards. I looked over your page and you are awesome with your fitness ! You will be successful I have no doubt.

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JUSTME29 8/9/2014 10:06AM

    That sounds like a great plan with manageable goals. I know you were doing that much and more before so there's no reason you can't again. Like you said, you have options for how to use those fitness minutes and how to fill those calories. It is a plan, but a flexible one and flexibility is what you need.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/9/2014 9:29AM

    You can do it! We can do it!! Let's all get it done! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 8/9/2014 8:44AM

    maybe you will motivate all of us!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 8/9/2014 8:02AM

    You have a plan that has been proven to be successful for you and are so determined. You can do it!

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CIPHER1971 8/9/2014 3:14AM

    Great goals - I have my own tracking sheet, and a goal date of 13th October (I promised myself on 10/14/13 that I would be at goal 1 year later), so I am with you all the way on this.



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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/9/2014 1:38AM

    You can do this!!!

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SHAPING-DESTINY 8/9/2014 12:22AM

    What Makes 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%!

What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Then:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


And


K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But ,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

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KEEPITUP62 8/8/2014 11:58PM

    Looks like you have everything in place for a successful journey. All thhe best in achieving your goals by year end.

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/8/2014 11:48PM

    Sounds like a plan Kitty... I know you got this! emoticon

P.S. I'm giving you a goodie.

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WHAM Bike Ride

Sunday, August 03, 2014

I was determined to do the WHAM bike ride this year. WHAM is Whiting-Hammond After Midnight ride. I have not been riding this summer as planned but you all know me, when did lack of prep stop me from doing something.

So the details of the ride are this: It is a 30 mile ride through Whiting, Hammond, Highland, and Munster, Indiana. About 80% of the ride is on bike trails through the different cities. This means LOTS of 6 passes like the one I showed on my walk blog (steep ups/downs over major roads high enough for trains and semis carrying rolled steel).

So here was me, with no prep (like time I was on my bike was Bike the Drive in May). I ride a cruiser type bike. You know, no gears and you have to back petal to brake. My dad and hubby called me nuts but I was signed up so off I went.

The start is about 2.5 miles from my house. I left at 10 pm and enjoyed some music before the ride kicked off. I have to say they were extremely prompt. We lined up at 23:50, the ride started exactly at Midnight!

I was doing really well at first. The pack spread out quickly. Just a few miles into the ride I found myself basically alone. I could see the rear lights on the bikes out in front of me but no one really close by. It was cool but comfortable as we went out around Wolf Lake. The trail was twisty but flat (Indiana is flat). I got a good rhythm going by the time we were coming off the trails back into Whiting.

I skipped the first stop at the 6 mile mark. Would have been nice to have a drink with our mayor but my legs felt good. At that point I made a decision that would later help me out. I wasn't going to stop until the furthest point out which was at one of my favorite stores Cabala's (a bit over 16 miles and 4 overpasses/bridges into the ride).

The first bridge was there, and it was "my" bridge. The one I walk with the dogs all the time. I tend to try to "power" my way up the bridge when I ride. Having no gears on the bike I just get up all the speed I can, stand up, and push my thighs. Right or wrong it has always worked for me. So up and over, no problem.

After getting out of Whiting we had the majority of out "street time" getting to the Hammond trails. I have to say I was very grateful for the cops at every intersection. I was about a half mile behind the pack in front of me and I could see NO ONE over my shoulder behind me. I would have been so lost on the back streets of Hammond. Some of the cops were also very supportive. They were smiling and cheering me on. There were a few that you could tell would have rather been in bed but still were helpful and pleasant.

I was a bit concerned at this point. We only had an hour to reach the 10 mile mark or they were going to force us to take the short route back (total ride of 10 miles). Being that I was almost completely alone and very lost I was never certain when or where the 10 mile mark was. I just pushed myself as hard as my legs would go. The only time I seemed to see anyone was when they were passing me and disappearing into the night ahead.

The second stop was schedule for the Hammond Police Station, about 12 miles in. I had worked up a sweat by this point but the legs were still going strong. I had gone over one more bridge in the same manor as the first. My mood lifted considerable when I saw the police department, I had made it to the cut off and passed in time. 18 miles lay ahead of me.

I never even slowed at the second stop. I was Cabela's bound! There was one more bridge before Cabela's. It was a challenge but determination kept me going. I actually had a woman comment that she gave me credit for doing this on a bike without gears. I just smile and said that I had gears, there were just hidden in my thighs! That got a laugh out of the passing group.

We were back on bike trails and in complete darkness. I was very glad for the lights hubby had put on my bike that afternoon. I don't know how people stayed on the trail without them. As I rounded a bend I saw the lights of Cabela's. It kind of hides behind the I-80 entrance ramp so by the time I saw it I was less than a half mile away. I pushed my way in.

I was starving so I pulled into the parking lot. This was the plan. Stop at Cabela's. They had the front of the store open with water and bananas. I helped myself to both. And to a real bathroom. I had done the first 16 miles in 1.5 hours. I'm not certain if that is a good ride time or not but I felt good about it. My rest stop was 7 minutes total. I should have taken longer. I was much more fatigued then I thought at that point and you can't run on adrenalin at 1:30 in the morning. I'm counting it as learning point for next year.

I got back out on the trail, once again pretty alone. We had 3 more bridges and 14 miles to go. Longest 14 miles of my life were ahead of me.

I would guess that I made the next 2 or 3 miles without much trouble. Then it hit. My knees felt like they were exploding with every downward push. My lower back started to ache. It was hard to keep my feet on the petals. I was on trail so there was no one around. No other bikers and no emergency services. Just me and exhaustion. I only had water with me (mistake number 300 at this point - should have had something to eat). The fortunate (or unfortunate depending on your point of view) was that I had NO idea where I was. I was following reflective signs and glow sticks on the path. I had never been out on these trails so didn't even know where I could turn off. I had thought about calling hubby to come get me.

Then I remembered a blog by a Spark friend from last year about her getting a DNF for her triathlon. I remember how upset and angry she was. How she had to fight for a whole year to overcome those 3 little letters. This is someone I look up to and admire. I've been failing at so much this year. I couldn't have that too. I'm almost certain that those 3 letter would have spelled an end to my fitness journey. I wouldn't have had her strength. So after saying tons of things that would have made sailors and truckers offended, I just pushed forward.

I finally caught up to some people. Made me feel better not to be riding alone. I saw the last bridge. It is a monster going over 4 sets of railroad tracks. I tried to power up it, lord knows I really tried but about half way up I just couldn't . I mean I really couldn't . It was put my feet down or fall. No other option. I pulled to the side and started to walk my bike. There was another lady, a bit older than me, who was walking also. We walked up together. She said, she had walked up the last 3 bridges.

At that point, I had my first truly negative experience at an event. I hear a male voice behind us saying "look at these wuse a$$ cheaters walking". I turned and saw a guy, mid twenties on a tricked out racing bike. I can't even imagine how much this bike was worth. As he's passing us he is shifting gears to keep his petal speed the same. The lady next to me put her head down and kept walking. She looked a bit embarrassed.

Well, me having no filter on my mouth, being exhausted and hungry, and it being 2 am - I opened my mouth. "Maybe you should get your spoiled a$$ off your $1,000 toy and come show us how it done without gears and help. I'll even give you the 20+ years you have on us and you wouldn't have made it this far punk." The lady I was walking with started to giggle. A couple other people (who were coming up behind us) cheered us on and one guy offered to race the kid back to the pavilion. This man was in his mid forties, on a racing bike, and looked like he could really kick some butt. I noticed he was holding back to bike with his wife who was having trouble too. The "kid" tried to take off but really didn't get too far ahead before we crested the hill.

I admit to being angry. I know I shouldn't have let it get to me but it did. As I started to get sore/tired again I even started to feel a bit bad about having to walk. I know his words should have meant nothing but it did hurt that I had to give in to fatigue. I hate giving into weakness no matter how understandable. Just as I was feeling sorry for myself, the lady I was walking with caught up to me. "4 miles to go, meet you at breakfast!"

That made me feel a whole lot better. I pushed into the pavilion. It was 2:54.

I looked at the pancake breakfast and really didn't want it. I opted out. I just kind of strolled around and listened to the music. I stretched a bit but that was really just making me sleepy. I still had to bike home. I walked in at 3:45 and was in bed by 4. I slept until about 1 this afternoon.

Now I did notice that my fitbit did not record the majority of my biking as steps (which I liked). It seems to only think I'm walking when I stand up and petal. That was is cool but I only have 15 very active minutes on the day and 11 flights of stairs. LOL.

I was fun and I will certainly do it again next year - hopefully with a bit more training and maybe a better bike.

  
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JAXMOMMY 8/18/2014 3:35PM

    you fed that punk some of his own doo-doo! I've been reflecting alot lately on the ripples we cause with our personal stones in a big pond.... You had a ripple on that woman's life that was walking up the bridge with you.... She had a ripple on you as well.... Strangers in the night who impacted each other in a positive way! You ripple my life every time I read one of your blogs which has not been as consistent as it once was! I'm so proud of you! But, the Mommy in me warns you to prepare a little better next year and thank Hubby for putting those lights on your bike that day no less! But, leave it to you to just grab a bike and go!

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WICKEDMELISSA 8/11/2014 1:30PM

    Way to go Kitty so glad you didn't give up and that youngster didn't make you quit

Keep up with all your hard work
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BIGBONEDBIKER 8/9/2014 1:45AM

    this was my ride http://bigbonedbiker.wordpress.com/
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BIGBONEDBIKER 8/8/2014 11:32PM

    Was a great ride, sorry to hear about that rude rider, but I am glad you didn't let you get you down! I was the guy with the kitty litter bucket on his bike...

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BOILHAM 8/8/2014 6:33PM

    Great report. Glad you had such determination. You should be proud.

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MAVERICKDR 8/5/2014 7:01PM

    I have only one thing to say to you; you did great, Ok one more thing, I'm proud of you.

P.S. You've got spunk, and I'm glad to call you friend.
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CATHYGETSFIT 8/5/2014 6:21AM

    You are so awesome!! I'm impressed that you got through it without much prep and training for it.. That kid just doesn't get it. He will when he 20+ years older. I don't blame you for saying something though. Somebody needed to say something to him. I'm sure I would have said something too. Glad that older guy showed that kid he wasn't such a bad a$$ like he thought he was. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I think it's great that you had another woman there to help support in her struggles too.

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JUMPINJULIE 8/4/2014 9:13PM

    WTG you are awesome.

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/4/2014 3:32PM

    What a blessing that you were able to walk just long enough to support that woman on her journey, and thank you so much for standing up to that shaming bully. (Bullying will never stop on its own without an intervention.) You have no idea how much your presence, courage, and wit helped your buddy up that hill and through her own success. You are a rock star!

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CIPHER1971 8/4/2014 9:54AM

    Way to go, and a reminder to us all to prepare.

I hope you knees are feeling okay now.

Have a great day

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CASEYSAUER 8/4/2014 9:08AM

    That sounds like an AWESOME ride! Thank you for bringing me along. Let the "punk" be a "punk" Remember KARMA! What goes around comes around. He will get his! I did my longest ride this past week end 15.2 miles!

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TWEETYKC00 8/4/2014 7:42AM

    WHOOHOO, rock on baby!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/4/2014 7:32AM

    OMG you are crazy! emoticon good for you!

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NISSANGIRL 8/4/2014 7:30AM

    emoticon emoticon job!!!!! u r an inspiration to us all girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/4/2014 5:30AM

    Wow! That's awesome!
Congratulations on your ride.
And I would have said something to the rude dude too.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/3/2014 11:23PM

    That was great that you finished and had fun, for the most part.
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WARRIORGIRL121 8/3/2014 11:04PM

    You did a great job, Kitty! You are amazing! and doing this in the middle of the night, no less! Wow! emoticon

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STARTINGINLIMBO 8/3/2014 10:39PM

    Wow. Good for you putting him in his place on behalf of the embarrassed one at the very least! I know others were proud of you for doing so. He DOES need to learn to think before speaking!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/3/2014 10:30PM

    My thighs burned just reading this! You are a nut. I love that about you!

Congratulations on an amazing adventure!

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LESLIELENORE 8/3/2014 9:47PM

    You are one of my heroes! Good for you to say something to that "kid". I probably wouldn't have said anything out loud, but would have obsessed about it for days.

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LILLY_78 8/3/2014 9:03PM

    Good for you for saying something! Too often I think people think that they have to be nice or become embarrassed when someone says something. Goodness knows I have. You stood up for both you and the other lady though. Amazing! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2014 8:20PM

    I would have cussed that guy a blue streak a well. Glad you told that person off.

Great job!!!

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ONMYMEDS 8/3/2014 7:47PM

    Wow!! You are an animal!! Also, probably insane, but who cares? Outstanding job.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/3/2014 7:15PM

    Holy crap, girl, you totally rock! I am so impressed by this accomplishment and way to go on serving that punk his a$$ for breakfast! What a jerk he was.

Great job, Kitty!!!!

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CHANGINGHORSES 8/3/2014 7:03PM

    You did it! Woohoo! Good for you Kitty!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/3/2014 6:19PM

    Great job!! That's inspiring! !! :)

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JUSTME29 8/3/2014 6:16PM

    More preparation and training for sure. Sounds like overall it was a good experience though. That kid won't "get it" for another 20+ years - but that's ok. Don't let him ruin your moment. Frankly walking a bike is harder than riding the darn thing so don't look at it as a negative.

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Pierogi Fest

Monday, July 28, 2014

I had a great time at Pierogi Fest yesterday. One of my Spark buddies came over to my house (I had parking saved right in front of my house for her to use). She got to meet Buffy and say hi to my girls.

Then we headed off to the fest. I must admit we had WAY too much soda and sugar. However, we did have some awesome pierogies. Then fun at the craft fair. We both got our doggy pierogies to take home to our furbabies. We got to listen to one of the bands.

Then it was back to the house where I found out we have even more in common. She’s a Doctor Who fan too! So I had some fun stuff to show off.

I know the calories were really horrible but after the last 2 weeks I just needed a really nice day out. We certainly had it. It was awesome having someone to just share a day with.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 8/4/2014 9:05PM

    Sounds like a great time.

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CATIATM 8/3/2014 4:02PM

    Oh my! My mouth started watering when I read your blog! I want to come, too, next year! emoticon

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JUSTME29 7/30/2014 11:15AM

    That sounds like a really great day! I'm glad to hear that.

I had a good day yesterday too. My son's best friend's mom and I took the boys to the city to a children's museum, lunch, and then they played at a water park. It was low key and great fun! I just wish I could have more days like that. Today it's back to the grind of trying to get my house back in order from the projects I've got going on. Sigh.

I hope the rest of your week goes well.

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/30/2014 10:47AM

    Sounds like you had a blast!

Life is for living . . . finding a balance in living a healthy, enjoyable life is what it's all about.

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MJREIMERS 7/29/2014 10:24PM

    You deserve a "day off" every once-in-a-while! It will be fine! Sounds like you enjoyed yourself!! Yay!

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LESLIELENORE 7/29/2014 9:57PM

    Awesome! Sometimes you just need to relax and enjoy yourself.

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LIVINGFREE19 7/29/2014 9:54PM

    That sounds like a very fun day!

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/29/2014 7:31PM

    Sounds like an excellent day! I love Pierogies too!

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CIPHER1971 7/29/2014 5:19PM

    I am so glad you have a great day, and that you are feeling better

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/29/2014 5:09PM

    Hooray for connecting with a buddy and having a special day!

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MAVERICKDR 7/29/2014 12:26PM

    A change of venue should have been very good for you. A venue with pierogies maybe not so good. BUT, you are usually working so hard to stay on track. Be a good friend to yourself.


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JAMIRBLAZE 7/29/2014 10:07AM

    A few perogies once in awhile are necessary. emoticon

I'm all about indulging as long as you balance it with staying active and healthier meals. Keeps you sane and on the journey to health.

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/29/2014 9:37AM

    Glad you had a good time!

Sometimes we just need a good day!

Ally

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NILLAPEPSI 7/29/2014 9:31AM

    So glad you had a great time. emoticon

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CASEYSAUER 7/29/2014 9:30AM

    That sounds like a wonderful day!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/29/2014 7:55AM

    love those things, my gram used to make them fresh.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/29/2014 6:06AM

    Sounds like a fun day.

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WARRIORGIRL121 7/28/2014 11:35PM

    Glad you had a good day. Hmmm.. pierogies. Love pierogies. Love doggies. Love Dr. Who too... can't wait til the new season starts in August! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 7/28/2014 10:28PM

    Glad you had a wonderful day!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/28/2014 10:03PM

    Sometimes you just gotta give in and do something like that. :) Glad you had a good time!

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ISLAMOM 7/28/2014 9:49PM

    Glad you enjoyed your day!!

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2BDYNAMIC 7/28/2014 9:46PM

    I am glad you had a fun day ........ That is awesome you have a Spark buddy nearby ............. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/28/2014 9:37PM

    Sounds like dear Kitty has her meow back! Awesome

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OHANAMAMA 7/28/2014 8:50PM

    Sounds like a wonderful, guilt free day of fun! We all need those now and then. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself!! emoticon

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