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Very SHORT pep-talk!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Because I have to get myself out the door to work:

1. The number on the scale is not your grade in life.
2. The number of steps on your pedometer is not your grade in life.
3. YOU are worth taking care of.
4. LISTEN to what your body needs TODAY!

Now go do it, and have a Sparkly day! emoticon

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LINDAJOYWK 1/27/2012 6:23AM

    As always-thanks!

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SUE_2U 1/26/2012 7:47AM

    Wise words, every one! emoticon

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COMETER 1/25/2012 8:03PM

    Very short and very sweet.

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KARIDIAN1 1/25/2012 5:02PM

    Thanks for the reminders- some days I need that.

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REJ7777 1/25/2012 1:59PM

    Lots of wisdom in few words! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/25/2012 1:56PM

    It may be short, but it's a powerful message. emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/25/2012 11:55AM

    I think I need to have that tatooed onto my forhead so I see it every time I look in the mirror. (Which, lately, is as little as possible . . . .)

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LJCANNON 1/25/2012 10:28AM

    emoticonWell Said!!

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MSLZZY 1/25/2012 10:10AM

    Well put-short and to the point! Have a great day!

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MAGGIE101857 1/25/2012 8:35AM

    Brief, but powerful! I will keep it in my mind today and hopefully it will motivate me to get in my ST tonight - because I took it easy this morning and spent the time planning my meals, preparing breakfast and lunch, and catching up on SPARK and my tv programs from last night!!!

Hope you have a great day! emoticon

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BUGGYS 1/25/2012 8:15AM

    Thanks, Barb...I really had to push myself to get in my 10,000 body needed it!!!

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KRISZTA11 1/25/2012 8:13AM

Thanks for sharing : )

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SHARON2014 1/25/2012 8:07AM

    Thank you! I needed to hear that today. emoticon

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Not sure I even need a pep talk - no, wait, I do!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's morning. It's pre-work. My lunch is packed, my body feels better, I'm being a good girl and following Dr.'s orders with the pills.

I have *missed* being active. So... why do I need a pep talk?

I need a different kind of pep talk today. One that tells me, "you've been off your feet for what, eight days? Take it easy today. Add steps back gradually. Don't go lift weights today. Do a few days of brisker walking before you try to run. You aren't 20 something! But you are a fit 59, and it will come back quickly, if you just don't get impatient about it."

Yep, wisdom needs to be self-spoken. And repeated a lot. emoticon And so can I. One day at a time.

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PENNYAN45 1/24/2012 9:02PM

    I'm glad the antibiotic is working so well for you.
And of course you will know how far to go with your activities while you are coming back from last week.

It's great you are feeling better!

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CASEYTALK 1/24/2012 7:09PM

    You've learned to listen to your body. You're going to take care of it, I'm certain. One day at a time.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/24/2012 11:49AM

    This says it all: "you've been off your feet for what, eight days? Take it easy today. Add steps back gradually. Don't go lift weights today. Do a few days of brisker walking before you try to run. You aren't 20 something! But you are a fit 59, and it will come back quickly, if you just don't get impatient about it."

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MIZCATHI 1/24/2012 10:53AM

    Maybe you can do something light, like a slower paced walk, some chair exercises. Hang in there, you will get better!

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SUNNY332 1/24/2012 10:15AM

    Wow - 8 days. I have been sick since Sunday and already whining.

Hang in there and yes, you do need to get back into the swing of things slowely.

Hugs, Suny

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MSLZZY 1/24/2012 10:14AM

    After 8 days, the urge to jump back in is strong but use your
good common sense and take it easy until you have fully
recovered. HUGS!

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_LINDA 1/24/2012 10:02AM

    Speaking as a person who has had plenty of restarts of my beloved exercise, it will come back, but you do have to be slow and careful to crank it up again. Especially as you are in a weakened state. Don't want to give other bugs a chance to take hold and there seems to be plenty of those going around and hitting my Spark buddies :((
Feel better soon and enjoy your return to normalness!
You will be out there in no time!!

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DRB13_1 1/24/2012 9:40AM

    emoticon The journey is the victory - no need to rush!
Be kind to your body, avoid injury or trying to do too much too soon. emoticon
Listen to your body's messages, and have a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBRA0818 1/24/2012 9:21AM

    I am dazed and amazed by the number of days I spend getting back into my workout routine after a slight injury, illness and other life events. This did not happen when I was in my 30's! Yet, it is what happens now, so I concur with the pep talk advice and give one to both of us: go slow, be happy!


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ANDI571 1/24/2012 8:31AM

    Just like we fall into the trap of over eating to soothe ourselves, you don't want to fall the other way. If your common sense it telling you that you need to take another day or two off to heal, that is what you need to do. Again, it's the balance we seek for. Taking care of ourselves physically is more than just diet and exercise.

Keep up that pep talk and take care of yourself. But I know you will. emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 1/24/2012 8:25AM

    You are going to be full swing in no time - but it does not have to be all today! One step at a time!


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SLENDERELLA61 1/24/2012 8:17AM

    You nailed it, Barb! You know what to do, now do it!!

"you've been off your feet for what, eight days? Take it easy today. Add steps back gradually. Don't go lift weights today. Do a few days of brisker walking before you try to run. You aren't 20 something! But you are a fit 59, and it will come back quickly, if you just don't get impatient about it."

Those words apply to me, too. I'm still sick and still doing less brisk walking. I'll be picking up the pace soon, though, and right behind you.

At our age (I'm 3 years older than you - you are the age of my "baby" sister), we need to listen to our bodies as we recover. And we need to CELEBRATE every day that we are healthy enough to run!!!

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WATERMELLEN 1/24/2012 7:54AM

    Always hard for me to trust that I will get back to exercise after surgery/illness. But: I do. And you will too. When it's time. When you're recovered.

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OK, I think I'm done!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Done with this silly being sick thing, that is! I called the Dr. today. This morning I was feeling better, but so wiped out from the weekend of horrors that I stayed home. Anyway, the coworker I called was diagnosing me from her own experience as having developed a sinus infection.

Those of you who don't know, I am not much for doctoring. I was raised without it, and still resist it. Last place I want to be when sick is in a Dr's office or a hospital... that's where you go to prove you're all better! Yeah, I know it's warped. I forced myself to call. They couldn't get me in until the last appointment of the day.

The doctor agreed with my co-worker... sinus infection. This was a new to me doctor, as my regular one didn't have any openings left. So, when she asked the usual doctorly questions: any allergies to medications, have many of these infections, I had to educate her to my upbringing, and only having seen doctors for the past 5 to 10 years. It is getting close to ten years now. She very considerately asked me if I was OK taking antibiotics... well, that way of life is behind me, and if I'm in her office, I'm going to take her direction!

I walked out with a prescription for antibiotics, and will take this course of meds for ten days. Something I had not observed before nor did I expect: I feel better just having gone and had a name put to it... I'm sure the meds will also help... but at least I won't be second guessing myself over a relapse!

So... another hurdle to health care overcome... next time I'm sick, I probably won't be quite so reluctant to go see someone for help.

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SUE_2U 1/26/2012 7:44AM

    I'm so glad you got antibiotics for this. Sinus infections are horrible! emoticon

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JCDROLSHAGEN 1/24/2012 11:30AM

    Good that you went to the doctor; those infections can just linger and linger. Feel better! emoticon

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ANDI571 1/24/2012 9:49AM

    So glad you went to the doctor. You will be surprised at how much better you will fill once that antibiotic kicks in.


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BUGGYS 1/24/2012 7:23AM

    I have only had one sinus infection and it was bad and put me out for a week until I went to the doc for meds...did the trick and I felt like new after a day...glad you went to get help!!!

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DEBRITA01 1/24/2012 6:25AM

    Glad you are on the road to recovery. Hopefully, with the RX you will be feeling better real soon.

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MIZCATHI 1/24/2012 5:06AM

    Wow, can I relate to this... I'm so stubborn I won't go to a DR until it's clear that I am SICK, and by then it's usually so progressed that I'm not able to put one foot in front of the other. Sounds like you intend to follow the course of treatment, and I hope you will listen to that body of yours and rest up! Feel better soon and in no time you'll be back to your old self. Big Hugs.

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_LINDA 1/24/2012 1:29AM

    And make sure you take every last pill until the bottle is gone, even if you feel better. Lots of people make the mistake if you feel better, the infection is gone, but not so. You don't want it rebounding stronger than ever if some small amount wasn't caught. It only takes one bug to survive.. I had a sinus infection so severe they had to give me two courses of pills. It had spread to the nerves in my jaw and I couldn't chew for being in such pain. I wouldn't recommend it as a way to lose six pounds :P It dragged on for eight weeks..
Hope yours was caught in time..

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MSLZZY 1/23/2012 11:43PM

    My oldest brother is the same and almost died from a
heart attack. Now he knows to get his tush to the doctor
ASAP. This is not the same thing but he has suddenly
realized that doctors do have a place in this world.
Take care and get better. HUGS!

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COMETER 1/23/2012 10:21PM

    Keep taking good care of yourself.

And I'd recommend exploring sinus rinsing--it really helps a person get all the infection cleared out.

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MOBYCARP 1/23/2012 10:02PM

    Dealing with this stuff is kind of like dealing with diet and exercise. You learn a new vocabulary, you learn new concepts, and you follow the professional's instructions as precisely as you can. If it were someone else, I might mention how important it is to take the full course of antibiotics; but since it's you, I'm confidant that you've already done the research and know all the reasons why that's important.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/23/2012 9:44PM

    Oh yeah -- those sinus infections can be real buggers. Glad you went in and got checked out. After 24 hours on antibiotics you'll be feeling like a new woman.

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PENNYAN45 1/23/2012 9:08PM

    Sinus infections can leave you feeling miserable. The symptoms can include anything from headaches to being tired, sometimes feeling dizzy, to not hearing very well.
It's good you went to the MD and got the antibiotic.
I hope you feel well again soon.

PS This is the best kind of ailment for doctors. With just a prescription, they can cure you!!

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FITGRL124 1/23/2012 8:53PM


Feel better soon!

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46SHADOW 1/23/2012 8:39PM

    Get better soon! Hope the antibiotics clear things up for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/23/2012 8:25PM

    Hope those antibiotics do the trick in a hurry. Be well.

And be sure to take the whole prescription. I found out the hard way 30+ years ago. I felt better, so quit taking the medicine. Then my infection came back resistent and it took months, lots of testing and culturing, and 8 different antibiotics to find one that finally worked.

I was not raised without doctors, but these days I don't run to them without a good reason. Figuring out when to go to doctor and when not to at times is tricky.

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MAGGIE101857 1/23/2012 8:18PM

    Almost forgot - did they tell you to use saline spray or my favorite (Ayr saline gel). The gel requires using a q-tip to put in your nostrils, but I like it much more. It really helps keep things less dry!

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MAGGIE101857 1/23/2012 8:17PM

    I've had two already this season, which is very rare for me : ( I'm not liking it, and I'm sure you aren't either! Feel better!!

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FITFABJENN 1/23/2012 8:00PM

    No wonder you've felt so poorly. Sinus infections are no fun, but at least the antibiotics should get you feeling better soon.

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WATERMELLEN 1/23/2012 7:54PM

    Good for you!! Like you, I find it very very hard to go to a doctor when sick . . . glad you've got past it!! And hope you're better soon with the antibiotics.

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The week in review, health roller-coaster.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Best day of the week health-wise was Thursday, when I talked myself into going to work, and asked a coworker after the first half hour, "Can I go back to bed now?" I made it through work on Thursdsay, forced myself to go Friday promising myself I could crash today and tomorrow, and that's a good description of today. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

I found all kinds of crazy thoughts going through my brain during this week: thoughts of retirement, thoughts that I'd set my fitness/athletic goals too high, thoughts of throwing in the towel... fatigue, fatigue, fatigue!

I also found myself face to face with my feelings about my son's upcoming departure and all that goes with it. One does not control feelings: they come, unwilled, to be dealt with. We each have choices about what to do with them... but while sick, the options are narrowed. Eventually, one just has to feel them, look them in the face, acknowledge them, and get past them. So despite the physical misery of the week, some progress has been made in THAT delicate area.

Normally I end a blog with "life's good"... but today, I think I'll settle for "I'm alive... and I think I'll stay that way for a while yet". Spark on, buddies! emoticon

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READINGLOTS 1/22/2012 10:50PM

    Sorry you are not feeling well. Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for the encouragement--it helps! emoticon

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COMETER 1/22/2012 10:41PM

    Wishing you well in every way.

And you are so right about experiencing even (and especially) the feelings that we wish we could avoid. The only way to the other side of them is through them.

And...sometimes just time gets us to the other side.

Continue to take good care.

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DEBRITA01 1/22/2012 3:13PM

    Being sick and at home recuperating often leaves lots of time for thinking. For me, that can be a good thing as it allows me to focus and evaluate (as long as I don't start obsessing) rather than eat my way through my feelings, which I tend to do when I am in "normal mode"(sometimes being pulled in different directions).

I hope you are feeling stronger each day and that you will find peace with all of your thoughts and decisions. Feel better... emoticon

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MOBYCARP 1/22/2012 1:09PM

    Everything looks worse when you're sick, tired, or injured. You have two out of the three; take care of getting better and getting enough rest, and your typical rosy view of the world will return.

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BUGGYS 1/22/2012 12:21PM

    Fatigue makes us go to places we don't normally want to go to but it sounds as if you have regrouped and assessed your situation...I'm glad you're on the mend!

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MAGGIE101857 1/22/2012 8:35AM

    Retirement sounds wonderful; unfortunately for most people these days, also unattainable emoticon Sorry you are feeling under the weather and hope you start feeling better soon! Where is your son heading to? It's hard to let our adult children move up and away - but that's what we raise them to do!!! Will keep you both in my prayers!

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MIZCATHI 1/22/2012 6:59AM

    Are you sick or over stressed? Whatever it is, it sounds like you intend to rest! Go with the flow friend, you will come through to the other side. How long will you son be gone?

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Chin up it's week 3 and I'm still coughing and blowing my nose but I've got my perky attitude back.
Self pity is ok for a bit. So is a hot cup of tea.

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FROGGGY13 1/22/2012 1:47AM

    I wish you all the best in dealing with your fatigue and your feelings. Life is hard, there are no two ways about it. Facing your feelings without getting depressed is sometimes an impossible task for me; believe me, I know what it's like.

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_LINDA 1/22/2012 12:13AM

    It always seems to happen all at once, sickness and an emotional time bomb ticking away. You are at the bottom. No where to go but up, and you will make it. When you are 100% better, you will be back to your old self, feeling strong and in control. This is just the sickness talking, not you.
Feel better soon!

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MSLZZY 1/21/2012 11:44PM

    This too shall pass. You handled it correctly and made peace
with today. HUGS!

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PENNYAN45 1/21/2012 11:05PM

    I hope you are feeling better soon. Take good care of yourself.

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RONNIEHUEY 1/21/2012 11:02PM

    I love retirement,of course I've had three years to get use to the idea.I hope you feel better soon. My daughter left for Afghanistan yesterday. She text ed her brother that they were refueling in 20 below weather in Russia.I didn't know we could land troop planes in Russia.Starting tomorrow I will really start worrying about her.Sometimes being a mom is hard when we have to let go. emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 1/21/2012 9:44PM

    Feelings seem to slam you harder when you are at your my advice is to rest, push fluids, and wait. I bet you'll feel differently when you are out of the crud-induced mind-set you are in now. (I wish that for you, and for myself as well, as this bugger is just hanging on FOREVER!)

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ANDI571 1/21/2012 8:58PM

    Mom mom would have said to you, "Bless your heart". So I am saying it to you now, "Bless your heart".

I sure hope you get feeling better soon. And those feelings do have away of attacking when we are down. Hang in there.

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BESCATS 1/21/2012 8:24PM

    Cheer up, things will get better. I don't know how old you are, but "retirement" isn't bad. I finally decided to do it last October, and I turned 64 in November. Best thing I did, now have time for myself & time to eat right and workout. Good luck and keep the faith. emoticon

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I hate blogging while sick...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

And yet, here I am. I'd so much rather blog about good stuff: meeting goals, doing workouts, contemplating future, having fun... even meditating on larger truths in life. Thinking about all that stuff at the moment is enough to exhaust me.

Admit I gave up and went back to bed? With all the yucks that NOBODY wants to hear about? Well! It only makes the reader start testing their own senses to make sure they are OK (or imagine / determine that they are not)...

The guilt of the self-questioning: "did I pass this along to somebody before the symptoms knocked me off my pins?" Hope Becky didn't pick it up while ice skating Saturday, or son while jogging or sharing coffee!

The most important goal is recovery and healing - get over this! Bed rest, fluids... and letting go of all those drives / activity goals. Temporarily. Training will resume when the body fights whatever this is off! With that... I'm headed back to bed again! emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/21/2012 11:33AM

    Sorry to hear you're under the weather, Barb - and hope you're back to feeling good superquick!
(Dunno why, but giving grapes to people who are ill is a British tradition - can't hurt!)

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    It's a killer...2 weeks now.I just got back to exercising yesterday.

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MNTWINSGAL 1/18/2012 9:19PM

    I have the same crud, Barb. Right now just sitting at the computer with a blanket over my shoulders...I did go to work today, armed with decongestants, throat drops, Kleenex and hand sanitizer. I almost called in sick, but perked up a little in the shower and decided to go in after all. If I start coughing or otherwise spewing germs I'll stay home tomorrow....but for now I'm going to bed early and hoping to be better tomorrow.

And I wish you the same, my friend.

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WVAWACKADOO 1/18/2012 7:07PM

    Hope that you are feeling better by the time you read this. I hate getting sick, esp. because it seems like everything gets put on hold. Once you feel better, You will get right back on track...Take care...

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REJ7777 1/18/2012 5:45PM

    I'm sorry that you're sick, and hope that you'll get well very soon!
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HOT4FITNESS 1/18/2012 4:10PM

    Listen to that body and get the rest you need to get to feeling better again soon
Here's to your recovery

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KALIGIRL 1/18/2012 8:48AM

    No worries here - just take care of yourself!

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COMETER 1/17/2012 10:37PM

    Best wishes for feeling better. And thanks for posting the skating picture.

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/17/2012 10:03PM

    Feel better soon :)


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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2012 7:41PM

    So sorry you are not well!! All better soon, I hope.

And: thanks for staying home when you're not well. Sure wish everyone did that!!


Big glass of OJ can't hurt!!

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BUGGYS 1/17/2012 5:44PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon...listen to your body! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/17/2012 5:35PM

    Feel better...and keep drinking your water emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 1/17/2012 4:06PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

Wendy emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/17/2012 3:58PM

    Take a nap for me, too! I had a midnight run and lost 2 hours
of sleep, another 1 hour run at noon so lunch break was very
abbreviated. Hope I don't catch anything by reading this blog LOL!
Get better soon! HUGS!

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FROGGGY13 1/17/2012 1:08PM

    Take good care of yourself and get well soon!

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MIZCATHI 1/17/2012 12:22PM

    Get well soon!

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_LINDA 1/17/2012 12:21PM

    emoticon At least you are having the very good sense to stay home and look after yourself.
And emoticon for not spreading it around your work. I have lost track the number of people coming to the club sick with cold, sneezing all over the place, cold sores all over them and handling the cards and money I have to handle, and one lady even came to the club with pneumonia -she didn't think it was contagious!!!! emoticon emoticon
With all I have put up with there, its amazing I never catch anything.
Recover quickly!
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Thought I would add the plenty of fluids icon too :) as you missed it!

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SUNNY332 1/17/2012 12:04PM

    emoticon I am a believer in hot tea with Honey and chicken noodle soup. Feel better soon.

Love the photo of you and Becky ice skating.

Hugs, Sunny

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KRISZTA11 1/17/2012 11:06AM

    Get well soon!

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