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Weather Radios and sleep...

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Or lack thereof! I'm glad I went to bed EARLY last night (like about 8 p.m.) because by midnight that cussed NOAA radio was alarming every five minutes about counties just to our West... eventually I gave up and got up when the severe t-storm warning had our county added, trucked downstairs, flipped on the TV to watch it move North and East of "me"... before heading back up to bed.

Then about the time the alarm was supposed to ring (maybe 20 minutes before)... KA-BOOM! I swear I felt the house move! No, it wasn't anything but thunder and lightning, BUT... woke me for sure. Radio was static-y.

To top it off, barometric pressure is doing a number on my sinus passages. So... moving slow, but moving.

Here's wishing everyone a bright Spark day... and a balanced one. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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REJ7777 5/5/2012 8:46AM

    That sure doesn't make for a good night's sleep!!! Glad you're safe. Hope you get more sleep tomorrow night! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/5/2012 2:35AM

    Its been scary all the tornadoes and bad weather I keep seeing on the weather channel :( Good to hear you take precautions and have that radio on constantly -it just may save your life and that is the pay off for the lack of sleep. I didn't know the pressure drop could cause sinus trouble hope it passes quickly. So glad I live in a mostly stable climate, if a little cold..

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LEANJEAN6 5/4/2012 7:21AM

    Poor you-----my Mom used love thunder storms--used to say--they cleared the air---I'm like you however--happy to not hear them!!!--- Hope you make it through the day!--LOL--Lynda--HUGS

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SUE_2U 5/4/2012 6:57AM

    I don't normally mind thunderstorms. In fact I used to love the feel of the ionized air. For some reason I always felt energized by it? Not sure why. Not anymore, though...

What I hate are tornados. Luckily I've missed any big ones. Just one small one that tossed a tree through our house, but no one was hurt.

Although here, lightning often means wildfires. Those are as scary as any tornado, I will say...

I hope your sinuses have adjusted to the change in pressure.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/4/2012 5:50AM

    I love a good thunderstorm, the sounds and sights but prefer them just BEFORE bed and always without damage. If only....
they usually come at dinner, 3am or when I want to get into my car! LOL
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MSLZZY 5/3/2012 11:08PM

    We are expecting the same noise and commotion both
Friday and Saturday night. Get some sleep tonight. I
am thankful I have the weather radio but I think that
my pager will be just as noisy if the weather develops.
HUGS!

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KARIDIAN1 5/3/2012 9:11PM

    Another big storm overnight here in MN, and big T storm with heavy rains this morning.

Is beautiful here now.

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MOBYCARP 5/3/2012 6:09PM

    No T-storms here, and I'm learning to sleep through the new cat's whining. This is likely to go on for an extended period, so I need to adapt.

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ALOHAEV1 5/3/2012 5:31PM

    If you still have your instructions, see if you can program it just for your county.

Hope you're feeling better and have an early nitey nite tonight.

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SHARON10002 5/3/2012 12:18PM

    So glad the storm passed you by! I am afraid of thunder and lightning so I am always awake during storms just praying for them to end, and that one before you were due to get up would have totally unnerved me.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/3/2012 9:55AM

    I am in the same boat with you this morning. We had lots of lightening and thunder and rain last night. Flooding, though not severe (I think). We had several claps of thunder that literally shook the house. Nothing like sleeping soundly only to be woken up by something as loud as that. Poor Lloyd was really freaking-out. But he's sleeping quite nicely now. Wish I could do the same.

Glad you're safe and sound, even if you are a bit weary.

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MNTWINSGAL 5/3/2012 9:49AM

    Glad it the severe stuff missed you though. It missed us too, although I have a dull headache and some vertigo - maybe it's sinus-related caused by that barometric pressure too. I'll have to look into that!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/3/2012 9:46AM

    We had storms move through last night too. But nothing severe, though there were lots of crashes of thunder and bolts of lightening cloud-to-ground.

We have a NOAA radio too and it has it's positives, but can be annoying! We have another early warning system . . . Spot the Wonder Dog. He hates storms and started whimpering around 10 pm and wouldn't go back to settle down. Not long afterwards the storm rolled in and then I knew why he was restless. Obviously he heard the storm coming in. Finally settled down around 3 am when the storms ended. Not lots of sleep here either!

Well, here's wishing for a calmer Thursday, eh!

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2012 8:22AM

    Sorry for your misery - we discontinued using our weather radio for that very reason. Figured we'd hear the tornado siren (or not), but opted to sleep instead.

Weren't those some boomers!
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To save my life

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Since I blogged about "just for today... for the rest of my life..." I seem to have got my brain into a "figures of speech" mode. The one I'm contemplating today is "to save my life".

Imagine a sportscaster, calling a basketball game, "He can't seem to buy a bucket to save his life"... and it got me to thinking... how many things do we say that of... that we couldn't do them "to save my life"?

"I can't stop eating chocolate to save my life?"
"I can't get past this plateau to save my life?"
"I could never run to save my life?"

Just a cotton pickin' second here... what can I NOT do to save that precious life?

Life is a wonderful gift... and worth preserving. To save my life I CAN nurture my body with healthy foods, in sufficient (not excessive) quantity. To save my life I CAN be active, even if only for a few minutes each day. To save my life I CAN learn to manage the stresses swirling about me. To save my life I CAN set aside time to rest, sleep, contemplate, meditate or pray.

To save my life I can LIVE it, savor it, accept it, and not try to run away from it or force it into something it is not.

In short, life is good. Save it, and Spark on!

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ALOHAEV1 5/3/2012 5:45PM

    Where would be be without you to SPark us on? Hugs

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_LINDA 5/3/2012 2:51AM

    Way to turn that saying around on its ear! Wonderfully said!
You heard the lady! Lets get out there and save our lives!! We can do it!

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WATERMELLEN 5/2/2012 8:51PM

    You're doing a great job of saving your life -- and inspiring us too!

Gotta say, I've never had a doctor prescribe exercise and never had a friend tell lme their doctor prescribed exercise. But I think it would be quite effective if a doctor did, literally, write it down on a prescription pad and hand it to a patient . . .

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SLENDERELLA61 5/2/2012 7:41PM

    Profound blog! Well put.

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SHARON10002 5/2/2012 4:55PM

    Great shift on perspective, Barb! Thanks!

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KARIDIAN1 5/2/2012 3:13PM

    Life is good, and your blog raised some good points as always.

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REJ7777 5/2/2012 2:01PM

    It's so true that we often use expressions without thinking of the full import of what we're saying. You're right. We'd probably do just about anything to save our own lives or the lives of those we love. And taking care of our health should be a very high priority on our list! emoticon

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3016DEBRA 5/2/2012 12:34PM

  Well put!!! We can do ANYTHING once we make our minds up to do it. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/2/2012 10:40AM

    You said it!!!!!!!

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DRB13_1 5/2/2012 10:15AM

    uplifting!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/2/2012 9:59AM

    Amen, sister!

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DEBRA0818 5/2/2012 8:15AM

    This reminds me of a recent political commentator who said (of Americans), "We're too fat to run for our lives if it comes to that." But, I don't think the problem is weight so much as it is health. Even skinny people cannot necessarily run for their lives if they're out of shape or living unhealthy lives.

What you highlighted in today's post seems (to me) to be the most important thing: nurturing and taking care of our bodies with safe movement and good nutrition.

Rock on!

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MSLZZY 5/2/2012 7:45AM

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MAGGIE101857 5/2/2012 7:29AM

    Thanks for your "saving" words this morning!!! They will help me re-focus and push the negatives out of my head today!!

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DOCHAS79 5/2/2012 7:00AM

    Thanks
When ever I dont want to get out of bed at 5 a.m. to work out. Or when I just want to eat something I know I should not. I will try and think of your blog. Hit the nail on the head.

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LEANJEAN6 5/2/2012 6:58AM

    WooWoo!! This is a great blog Barb!!!! =--- Thanks for helping me along here!--Hugs--Have a great healthy day girl!-Lynda

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DEBRITA01 5/2/2012 6:57AM

    Thanks for the reminder to focus on what we CAN do...how often we focus on what we can't or aren't doing. emoticon

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For Lynda - by special request

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

You asked for it... me to blog about it... the before picture. This is from Christmas 2005, I think. One of my low points, ashamed of having let it pile back on, nearly all the way. The people who love you? Love you anyway.



This shot is actually in my photo gallery, because it's good to remember where you came from, and many of us don't keep a whole lot of "before" pictures around. First, because many of us were quite camera shy at our heaviest. And no wonder. I wanted to remain oblivious to the weight. I wanted to stay in denial that I, having dropped 80 pounds in 1989 - 1991 and become a runner... had let it slip away under the emotions of life. I had "given up". The body size was the result.

I don't have time right now to take a matching shot, "me reading on a stair step" with that same niece and nephew, but needless to say, we have all changed, quite a bit. She's a young lady, in high school. He's a young man in middle school. And I? I am struggling to maintain the healthy habits that will KEEP ME in the land of the fit.

Yes, I admit it. I still struggle to keep up the habits. And I still slip up. But for those of you in the spot where I was then? "Giving up" doesn't have to be forever. Today can be YOUR emoticon. For that matter, it is mine. Every day.

Defeat is temporary. Giving up makes it permanent. Never give up.

Countdown? Five days to my *second* half marathon... the first was one year ago today, completed in 2 hours, 47 minutes, 48 seconds, chip time. This year, I'm carrying an extra few pounds that came back over the winter, and I may be a bit growly about that, but I'm not going to toss in the towel on the effort. And I'm going to cover that distance!

Whatever your challenges today... just take it one breath at a time. A better decision can be made at any time. There is no magic time but NOW.

Life is good. Allow yourself to live it. Spark on. emoticon

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 5/5/2012 10:08PM

    Inspiring as always :)

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SUNNY332 5/3/2012 6:13PM

    Wow - I know I have seen the before photo but it still amazes me how far you have come.

Woohoo - you are such an inspiration to us all.

Sunny

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ALOHAEV1 5/3/2012 5:54PM

    I realized had not read this, man am I glad I came back to it!!!

You may have those extras on you, but can't help but wonder if it isn't muscle so I would put that in back of you and ignore it - grab that finish line with gusto!

Would not have guessed that was you, you are brave, this will inspire others that they too can do it.

SPark on yourself, thanks for keeping that flame burning for so many of us.



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_LINDA 5/2/2012 2:01AM

    Awesome attitude -the winner's attitude -its the long term that counts, not the short term blips in the road. I am going through a few oops myself. But as long as I remain true to my program and healthy eating -these blips will not become an avalanche. I have no before photos as I was particularly clever because I was always the one taking the pictures :)
Think of those extra pounds as being a handicap like poor Phar Lap kept being given -but he showed them all, didn't he?? I just lOVED that story of that horse with such courage and determination!

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MSLZZY 5/1/2012 11:03PM

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KARIDIAN1 5/1/2012 10:20PM

    Great blog-as always!

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WATERMELLEN 5/1/2012 10:03PM

    Super blog. It really underlines that maintenance is a decision we make every day, every minute actually.

And -- even when there are temporary defeates -- we never give up.

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EBEAMS 5/1/2012 10:01PM

    I'm so excited for you!!! It is so incredible that our bodies can take whatever type of abuse or ignoring we chose to give them and they just keep on ticking! Lots of us live with "If Only" regrets but truly we could not be who we are supposed to be if we didn't pass through these trials!

I'll be thinking of you on Saturday as I'm slaving over my computer screens and thinking of mine coming up ... I'm SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Go Barb!

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COMETER 5/1/2012 9:23PM

    Wow. I knew that you'd come far--I so admire your honesty and persistence and positive attitude. Thanks for inspiring the rest of us!

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SHARON10002 5/1/2012 5:36PM

    emoticonblog, Barb! Wow, hard to believe looking at you now that this picture is the same person! Thanks for all of your guidance, support, and inspiration.

I know you'll do great this weekend - because that's who you are! It's not easy to stay disciplined. I too have lost and regained so many times. . . I've plateaued lately and it is driveling me NUTS!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/1/2012 11:54AM

    POWERFUL! Defeat is temporary and giving up definitely does make it permanent!

Maintenance really is a process, just like losing the weight. It is daily, step-by-step, day-by-day, sometimes a minute-by-minute proposition, but NEVER room for giving up.

You have come so far, Barb. Astonighing changes. And that's only the physical side we see in a picture. The mental changes . . . they're sometimes even more significant!!

HUGS for all your inspiration.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/1/2012 9:27AM

    "Giving up doesn't have to be forever." Ah yes, that was my mindset. Like you, I've lost and re-gained huge amounts of weight. Mutlitple times. Each time something would set me off kilter and I'd give up and figure "what's the use." Well you know what? We're all worthy human beings who deserve (and are expected by God) to treat ourselves with respect. And that includes using food for fuel (and nothing else).

GREAT blog, Barb! You are an inspiration to more people than you probably realize. Good luck with your marathon!

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LJCANNON 5/1/2012 8:35AM

    emoticonThank You!! We all need to be reminded that it won't EVER be "Easy", but it will be Worth It!! Even if we do have to do it "One Breath At A Time" sometimes!!

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ANDI571 5/1/2012 8:22AM

    I'm glad you posted this today. I got on the scale this morning, and it wasn't pretty. I knew I was slipping, but didn't realize how much. I too have been struggling lately to keep those good eating habits going. Just tired of the same ole, same ole.

We won't let it happen to us again though. Today is the day we get right back on that bus. emoticon

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Just for today... for the rest of my life...

Monday, April 30, 2012

The two title phrases seem contradictory. If I am going to do something "just for today"... it seems temporary. If I am doing something "for the rest of my life" it seems like for-ever!

But I can only live "the rest of my life" one day at a time. And the choices of what I do "just for today" add up to that "rest of my life". The choices I make today are building how I feel about me. And how I feel about me can affect the choices I make today.

Dear Lord, may my choices today be ones that fuel good health, and prepare me for the challenges ahead. Just for today... for the rest of my life!

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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BARBAELLEN 5/1/2012 11:19PM

    Your blogs are truly inspirational, and you are amazing! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and be so supportive.

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SALSIFY 4/30/2012 5:33PM

    Just for today... for the rest of my life. That's great - I'll try & remember that. Thanks!

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MSLZZY 4/30/2012 12:14PM

    Very powerfule message and one to take to heart.
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1CRAZYDOG 4/30/2012 10:26AM

    One day-at-a-time, one step-at-a-time, and sometimes even one second-at-a-time if it's necessary! Forever definitely seems overwhelming.

HUGS!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/30/2012 9:39AM

    Yes, I like that way of thinking. Looking too far into the future is too daunting for me. But just for today, I can make better choices to take care of me. Have a great day, Barb!

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DEBRITA01 4/30/2012 9:22AM

    All we have is today...and a hope, God-willing, for a new tomorrow. emoticon

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REJ7777 4/30/2012 8:53AM

    That made me think of an article I read. The author wrote that the only time we have to worship God is right now. I had to think about it. And of course, it's true. Wherever we are, whatever we're doing. And in the end, it adds up to a life of worship, one moment at a time.

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KRISZTA11 4/30/2012 8:49AM

    Very true!
Thanks for sharing.
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EBEAMS 4/30/2012 8:44AM

    I love it! Yay! You can do that!

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ANDI571 4/30/2012 8:40AM

    Agreed! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 4/30/2012 8:32AM

    I know you can do it too!!--------You are my inspiration--I'm going back took at yer ""before"" pics-Lynda

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SFREY217 4/30/2012 8:29AM

    Well said ! Thank you for the inspiration.

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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2012 8:03AM

    We live only in the present: the future hurtles through the present and plunges into the past.

And I suppose that's why every one of those choices in the present moment (the only opportunity we have to make choices) matters so much.

Did you say "forever"??? Is this a life sentence? Arrrrrghhh!!!

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AZMOMXTWO 4/30/2012 7:47AM

  awesome thank you very much for the reminder emoticon

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Welcome Strength training back into the mix

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I apologize for not remembering whose blog I drew my inspiration from... but SOME Sparker posted a blog about a doctor's advice to her husband who had been having trouble with the five pound winter gain.

Seems her hubby had changed jobs and in the shuffle of priorities, what got dropped from his normal self-care was strength training. He still did plenty of cardio, but the pounds would not drop!

With that thought in mind, and observing how stubborn my *own* five pounds of "winter gain" have been, I walked back through when the strength training dropped from MY program. Duh! When I had that illness back in January and I had to prioritize my time. I opted to prioritize building walking miles for the half, and in the process, strength training kinda slacked off.

Today is emoticon, as I taper miles to next weekend's half marathon... I hopped back on the strength training band wagon. Yes, I have had to drop back some of the weights emoticon, and since I did this workout at home, I had to substitute some exercises for others emoticon, and skip the two that absolutely require gym machines. Modify and do *something*, because ten minutes is better than nothing, in this arena.

Hope you all have a Sparking great Sunday! Take care of yourselves... you are worth it! emoticon

  
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EBEAMS 4/29/2012 10:46PM

    Ohhhhh ... you are getting ready to taper! HOW EXCITING! Woohoo! I'm looking forward to that phase! Yes, strength training can be all about body weight without needing to have anything extra ... even though the extras can be wonderful! I need to start back into some strength training too ... but I'm thinking I'll wait til I'm done with the 1/2. Congrats for you getting right on it!

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MOBYCARP 4/29/2012 7:21PM

    I remember that same blog, and reflecting that perhaps doing more with the kettlebells was what kept the weight from piling up when I wasn't running. I guess I need to keep up some of that stuff, and of course work on pullups regularly too.

Balance is tricky. If I do 5 TGU/windmill combos on each side, for only one set, I can keep doing them. If I tried to do 2 sets of 10, I might burn out and drop them.

Here's hoping you can find the balance of how much strength training is *sustainable* and that this is enough for you to be as healthy as you want to be!

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KRISZTA11 4/29/2012 12:42PM

    Adding strength training back is a great idea!
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Somehow it seems less important than cardio, but that isn't true...
Just like you, I always drop ST first if I don't have enough time.

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FITFABJENN 4/29/2012 11:58AM

    Thanks for the reminder. I need to get back on the strength training band wagon too.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/29/2012 11:27AM

    Happy strength training!

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KALIGIRL 4/29/2012 11:09AM

    Here's to rounding out your routine!

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FITGRL124 4/29/2012 10:39AM

    Good luck!!! I am going to start incorporating more strength training too!

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/29/2012 10:04AM

    Right on! I sure noticed the difference when I couldn't do any upper body workouts all winter! Am back with lighter weights, and I, too, hope to get rid of 3 lbs. Let's Do It!

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