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It was good, but there is still a puzzle to be solved

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The physical, while making the doctor smile, did reveal a puzzle to be worked out. My blood work came back with a *slight* aenemic reading. So, we're working on figuring out what's up with that. Dr. says Lance Armstrong had a reading of 18, which made him the athlete he is. Mine was 11.7, just a shade under the bottom of the OK range (12). Dr. suggested that if we get my iron counts up, I might just improve my performance (grin, dangling a carrot?)... but more importantly, we want to make sure it isn't a signal of something else that needs to be taken care of.

Funny... three years ago when I ended up with the parathyroid surgery... it started out with blood readings (high calcium). I had no real symptoms that *I* could observe, but then again, I'm not terribly observant of the kinds of symptoms that caused.

So... breathe, keep on keeping on... take a test here and there, and figure out the puzzle. I had successfully donated blood just three weeks back... and now, swimming at the back of my brain, I think she mentioned I just barely qualified on the iron counts.

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WATERMELLEN 8/23/2012 10:06PM

    I'm persistently low iron -- often turned down for blood donation -- probably because I don't eat meat very often. And red meat also never.

My multi has iron . . . and there are a number of non-meat foods that are supposed to boost iron too such as pumpkin seeds and dried apricots . . . and spinach.

Hope you dig to the bottom of this!

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    Folic acid, B12, B6, Iron.
Broccoli, kale, lentils. Lean red meat.
The amount of exercise you've gotten will stress your systems a bit. Your bone marrow may need more fuel and a break.
You donated recently. One of the books I had to read for my next certification was all transfusion medicine (Mollison et all) and one chapter discussed stress on donors. Some people can donate for years, some only once and the bone marrow doesn't rise to the challenge.
It's normal unless it continues to go down.

Spent my life's work in blood and blood donations!

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HEALTHYOTTER 8/23/2012 6:37PM

    You are such a positive spirit. I can imagine the doctor grinning with your health. Could be your digestive tract isn't as efficient at absorbing iron, or your liver is not so efficient at metabolizing it? Sending positive "figure it out" vibes to you and your doctors!

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_LINDA 8/23/2012 12:36AM

    Wow! I am surprised to hear that when you are so healthy! If you are putting more iron in your diet, make sure you take it with orange juice as this helps it absorb better. I found out the hard way iron is very difficult to absorb. I once had a very severe iron deficiency anemia -so bad the Dr. was amazed I wasn't having difficulty breathing -but in a way I was as I couldn't stay awake and kept passing out. It took a good two weeks of taking high doses of iron before my blood started coming back to normal. My cause was high stress cuopled with my RA.
All the best with getting it back up there!

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SUNNY332 8/22/2012 8:28PM

    Lots of "Leafy Greens" coming your way. I would think that since it is just barely under, it is probably your diet. Change your diet and see if it helps.

Best wishes!

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MOBYCARP 8/22/2012 8:20PM

    Several years ago, I had a string of blood donations where I just barely qualified on iron counts. That was when they were doing the blood drop, and I'd get inconclusive so we'd go to the centrifuge.

That went away as I paid more attention to diet, so what I had going on then is likely not identical your issue now. But it's a data point to say there may be a genetic influence as a minor part of what's going on.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/22/2012 1:52PM

    Good attitude. Figure out the puzzle. Stay on top of it. You'll just get stronger & stronger!! -Marsha

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OPTIMIST1948 8/22/2012 10:39AM

    I dont want to sound age-ist, but could it be your age? I know you are tougher than most (triathlons rule!) but I remember both my grandmothers struggled with anemia as they got older. Neither was hugely active, but still...

Try increasing your green leafies as I think they have lots of iron. And while I loathe liver, if you like it, perhaps it can be incorporated into your diet with more regularity.

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MSLZZY 8/22/2012 9:56AM

    I haven't qualified for years as I have been borderline
anemic since the early 80's. It is hereditary so I do not
stress about it. Iron pills have never improved it so I
just keep plugging along.

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KARIDIAN1 8/22/2012 9:50AM

    I was anemic for a while years ago and my doctor had me take iron pills. I was having heavy periods about every two weeks at that time. Then that tapered off and everything went back to pretty normal. Iron pills can cause some constipation, so just be aware.

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PHEBESS 8/22/2012 9:02AM

    In my experience, I've tended to be a bit anemic just before my period - so depending on what time of month it is for you, that could be all it is.

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KALIGIRL 8/22/2012 8:53AM

    Interesting - may have to do with your giving blood. My doc allows me to take iron pills if I give blood - something to talk about?

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2012 8:10AM

    Wishing you luck, and definitely applaud you for moving forward to check things out and getting that puzzle solved. HUGS

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 8/22/2012 8:09AM

    I hope you find the cause (although, it's only slightly under so hope you're not too worried about it). Although, that'd be great if an improvement of your iron helped with your performance. And that reminds me, I should get my iron checked !

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DEBRA0818 8/22/2012 8:06AM

    Hope it's just an anomaly and nothing to worry about. On the other hand, you are putting your body through its paces so best to keep on top of it.

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LINDAJOYWK 8/22/2012 8:06AM

    Looks like no more blood donations for you-& prob an iron supplement...I used to
work for the bloodbank & I used to donate-can't donate any more-so I'll be going through life '1 PINT SHORT OF A GALLON"! Hey,at least you did your part,right?
Now it's time to get you healthy(notice-i didn't say strong-you're already stronG!)

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ANDI571 8/22/2012 7:54AM

    Glad you got it checked out. I am getting terrible on going in for my check ups. There sure is a lot in taking care of ourselves isn't there? Take care of you my friend.

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KRISZTA11 8/22/2012 7:51AM

    Could maybe the blood donation deplete your iron stores,
when you started to re-build red blood cells?
Whatever it is, you are wise to check it out.

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Evening blog on a two-fer day

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yesterday was the annual physical. Doctor is real happy with the weight and the athleticism... keep it up... he says. Don't tell me to stop, I say... because it's making me happy.

So... the good news is... doing what we do here on Spark makes a difference.

And today was a wonderful two-fer: a morning swim, and an evening run on the treadmill. Tomorrow: strength training.

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MSLZZY 8/22/2012 9:56AM

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MIZCATHI 8/22/2012 6:49AM

    What can be much better than a great physical!

I hate to say this but... KEEP IT UP!

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DEBRA0818 8/22/2012 5:54AM

    What excellence exercise (and careful eating) brings to our lives!


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_LINDA 8/22/2012 12:52AM

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Fantastic Day! Way to be a role model and motivator!

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SWEDE_SU 8/21/2012 11:29PM

    emoticon you've obviously got things straight here! that's terrific!

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EVWINGS 8/21/2012 11:18PM

    That is such a good report from the doc! You keep on doing what you're doing. That's the point of Spark - a life long change!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2012 10:43PM

    Good job!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/21/2012 10:17PM

    Barb, Congrats on the great physical! You knew it, but doesn't it feel great to have the doctor confirm it?? Your two a day workouts are awesome, too. Yes, keep up the fantastic work!!

I figured out how to see your background pictures. When I set the zoom to 50% I could see them. Love the swim - the bike - and the run pix -even the determined one on the ground. That's one great triathlon gold medal winner there!!!

So inspiring! So glad you're my SparkFriend!! -Marsha

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LEANJEAN6 8/21/2012 9:54PM

    I love yer pics-----You look great! Lynda emoticon

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DLDMIL 8/21/2012 9:52PM

    great news. emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/21/2012 9:50PM

    Started my day at the gym, felt good all day: this works!

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SUNNY332 8/21/2012 9:46PM

    emoticon emoticon Good for you, Barb.

Exercise makes me happy too. I am back and feeling great.


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LVMAMAW 8/21/2012 9:38PM

    You GO girl! That is GREAT! emoticon emoticon

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If you're going to be a people pleaser... who should you please?

Monday, August 20, 2012

The old song says, "You can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself!"

But I have to say a close second was seeing the grin on my doctor's face... two years ago, and again last year, when we had our annual visit.

Since last year, my medical history has changed... I now have a sister who is a cancer survivor... at last's year's appointment I was still saying no family history of cancer. And this year we discovered my allergy to penicillin... which was humorous even while being very uncomfy and put my training plans back a ways.

BUT the important thing is that we got past that. I'm really pleased that I got past that side track, back in the training swing and finished what I set as goals for myself. Recovery from illness or injury is one of the great lessons of life. We have to get up at the end and keep going, and keep being patient with our bodies through reality.

I'm looking forward to fulfilling the rest of the year's planned events, too, and especially that big trip in November to run ... in Florida ... with Marsha.

Of course, she's had a side-track, too, with a foot injury. So it is my hope and prayer that she is able to recover from that and come back to train. And Marsha, even if we WALK each step of the way, we WILL finish. Recovery comes first. Achievement of goals follows.

So, have I done it? Pleased myself? Yeah, I'd have to say that I have.

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_LINDA 8/22/2012 1:25AM

    In pleasing yourself, you have inadvertently pleased others -your loved ones will be pleased that you are doing everything possible to hang around longer on this Earth :))
Keep on being amazing!

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ANDI571 8/21/2012 9:26PM

    Do you ever get tired of hearing how awesome you are. When I get down, I always think of what you have accomplished. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 8/21/2012 6:04AM

    Way to go, Barb! I'm guessing your doc doesn't get to see many like you in the course of the day. You're probably an inspiration to him too!


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KARIDIAN1 8/20/2012 10:53PM

    Sure is a good feeling when your doctor is happy with your checkup. i know mine has been.

You are so generous to be willing to take a slower pace for your friend Marsha if she isn't 100% for your run in Florida. Plus you will have the fun of doing it together all the way.

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LEANJEAN6 8/20/2012 9:19PM

    You are SO SO good to see that blog----horrible when the big desktop quits----I love yer photos--so nice----Lynda emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/20/2012 8:57PM

    Thanks, Barb. Not totally healed, but making progress. We will make it!!! -Marsha

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SUNNY332 8/20/2012 8:28PM

    You have a lot to look forward to, Barb.

Hope Marsha heals and is back to her training soon.


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LJCANNON 8/20/2012 7:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou have Pleased Yourself alrighty, but along the way you have Inspired so Many Others, and led the way to Us Pleasing Ourselves, too!!
So glad that you are My Friend!!

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WILMASOTO 8/20/2012 3:03PM

    Love your blog as alaways! So motivating! Way to go on pleasing yourself!! I love that!! You are an amazing example to all of us and just to let you know you please me aswell. Each victory you have convinces me that if I try hard enough I can accomplish all my goals.

Continue enjoy your life!! You are truely amazing!

Wilma emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 8/20/2012 1:02PM

    Please your self! Who cares about the rest of the world emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/20/2012 11:51AM

    Great song! Rich Nelson (a real heart throb then!) "Garden Party". So true, too.

You rock! Keep on reaching for the stars.

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MSLZZY 8/20/2012 11:39AM

    Just as it should be-please yourself. You have come a
long way! HUGS!

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MARIO432 8/20/2012 10:58AM

    Well put

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KALIGIRL 8/20/2012 8:47AM

    Sorry about the allergic reaction, but glad you're OK - love the photo background - especially the end to the swim!

Here's to LIVING life - whatever it hands us!
Namaste my friend.

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EBEAMS 8/20/2012 8:46AM

    You go, girl ... Attitude is EVERYTHING! emoticon

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PROFMOM4 8/20/2012 8:22AM

    Good for you! What a great feeling!

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No matter how much you wish it...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

you cannot live someone else's life for them. You can't feel / heal their pain. You can lift them up. You can offer encouragement. You can share what you have experienced. But their life / struggle is THEIR victory story, not yours.

Why this warning today? Because a friend just got some pretty awful news and oh, how I wish I could take her worry / anxiety away. But I can't.

Now, on to the warning:

Nothing I can do will exempt my friend from working out her own life. But I have choices about MY life and what I do in the face of knowing about it.

I could use it as an excuse to go off program: "being on program doesn't fix anything". What is that all about? It's all about not having realistic expectations of the program.

I can use it as a reason to remain committed. The program is not going to magically fix all the pains of life. But it will help me face them better.

I could try to feel every drop of negative in my imagination of "what if I got similar news"? I could wallow in that pain, imagining I was somehow helping her. But this would not take one whit away from what my friend is going through.

So... I can instead pray for my friend's comfort. Because I believe there is One who *can* hold her up and comfort and ease her far better than little me. And I can trust that prayer, and the prayers of everyone else on my friend's behalf.

May all who are going through difficult times today find a spark of comfort and beauty today. God give them exactly what they need today. And may God guide me and their other friends in whatever way will help that process!

Today, choose wisely. emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 8/24/2012 7:25PM

    This was good for me to read today. My daughter is visiting from Philadelphia and has regained most of the weight that she had lost.She is back in 30/32s. I need to see what I can do to support her in her long journey!

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DEBRA0818 8/20/2012 6:40AM

    Excellent blog, Barb. There are no end of opportunities to become enmeshed in someone else's problems and thereby drop one's own. I needed to read this today having had a houseguest for the last few days who is walking demand for help of all kinds, but also a person to whom help and advice feels demeaning, so even more reason to keep the boundaries in place.

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_LINDA 8/20/2012 12:58AM

    So very sorry about your friend's news :(( I am sure you will deal with it and her with your usual wisdom, compassion and prayers. You are an amazing strong woman and your friend will appreciate that strength now..
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LOOK2LOVELIFE 8/19/2012 10:18PM

    Thanks for sharing. Very wise thoughts. emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 8/19/2012 6:06PM

    I hope your friend can get through this rough time okay. As always another thought provoking blog. Prayer can work wonders.

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MSLZZY 8/19/2012 12:39PM

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ALOHAEV1 8/19/2012 12:16PM

    There aren't enough hugs for your wise words today, and to our other dear Barb we are right here for you. AMEN

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MNTWINSGAL 8/19/2012 11:10AM

    One of the beauties of SparkPeople is that when bad (or good) things happen, we band together, to comfort and console, to celebrate and congratulate....even to those friends we only know virtually. You have written a beautiful blog about your friend's troubles, and in doing so gathered up more prayers to go up.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/19/2012 10:58AM

    Dear, dear, dear Barb. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I KNOW that John does NOT want me to sit around grieving, and I certainly have learned by YOUR example. Do things to honor our sons/daughters in the military. THAT makes the biggest impact.

So, today, my assignment is just breathing, eating right and that's it. That's all I can manage. But I know I will NOT emotionally eat. I will NOT slide back into unhealthy ways.

HUGS and you have NOT idea how I appreciate you.

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WATERMELLEN 8/19/2012 10:21AM

    Wise. And profound. And compassionate.

The comfort of food as a remedy for stress is temporary. And delusional.

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EBEAMS 8/19/2012 9:33AM

    AMEN! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 8/19/2012 9:28AM

    emoticonand prayers for your friend.

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Slogging it out

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Some days you just aren't feeling the workout plan. But you just slog it out there. Today was such a day. I debated doing a bike ride instead of the planned "long run", and got so far as to pump up the tires and fill the camel back. Then I went to let the cat out and discovered rain drops on the deck.

Which was enough to change my plans, and drive me back into my cave. Swapped the bike shorts for running shorts, and put the treadmill and Netflix to good use. I've been working my way through old seasons of The Biggest Loser, and they are pretty incredible for getting through the boredom of a treadmill interval workout. And I slogged it out, in 119 minutes, 10.25 miles.

Some time after that, showered and lunched, an IM conversation window popped up, from my son, halfway 'round the world. Nothing fancy, just the hi, we're both still breathing sort of conversation I have come to expect once a week if I'm lucky.

And I made it through the day behaving well, no recurrance of the bingy stuff from last weekend (I did eat well, and in maintenance range). And recognized that this quiet day by myself was exactly what I needed today. Even to the slogging it out workout. Some days just have to be low key.

Life continues to be good. Spark on. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 8/20/2012 6:36AM

    I like the low key kind of days more and more as I go on and what a great idea to watch the BL while working out!

Go, Barb!


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LJCANNON 8/19/2012 10:42PM

    emoticonYou are FIERCE!!

Glad that you got to visit with your Son. The Treadmill/Biggest Loser Workout seems like a Fun way to get in a Workout.

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FLORIDASUN 8/19/2012 9:04AM

    It's SO important to listen to your heart and today your heart told you to enjoy the BL tapes but you STILL did a fantastic work out in the process...I'm in awe...truly, truly in awe! emoticonWhat a fierce and wonderful example you are! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/19/2012 8:29AM

    Just doing it and then, having a nice conversation with
your son. A win-win kind of day! You are awesome! HUGS!

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MIZCATHI 8/19/2012 7:35AM

    The great thing is that you now believe 119 min and 10.25 miles on the treadmill is slogging it out! Haha. My idea of that is sitting on the couch with DH watching endless hours of television.

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KASEYCOFF 8/19/2012 2:33AM

    Things happen the way you need 'em, when you need 'em, for the most part - is my philosophy. Love your 'tri' background pix - I haven't been by for awhile!

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SUNNY1432 8/18/2012 11:08PM

    AWESOME run!! I understand the need for quiet days, I'm trying to get in a few before school starts on Monday! emoticon!!

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KNEWMETODAY 8/18/2012 10:46PM

    It really is about making choices--whether it's food or exercise. We really do the right thing most of the time, I think.


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EBEAMS 8/18/2012 10:45PM

    Hip hip hurray for hearing from your son! THAT is such a wonderful gift! Oh, good job on sticking to the plan even though it wasn't what you first wanted!

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COMPUCATHY 8/18/2012 9:49PM

    I think you're awesome. I'm glad you got a message from matter how "small"...we appreciate it...I know...I'm right there with you. I'm proud of you for moving from Plan A to Plan B to Plan A. Atta girl! I'm watching Biggest Loser, too! I hadn't seen Seasons 1-4 before. That was fun. Now, I'm in Season 5 and that's where I began watching them...but it's fun to revisit them again. They really inspire me. I need all the inspiration I can get...and it's right there for the taking. Hope you have a great Sunday. Keep up the good work! Love your pictures! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 8/18/2012 9:43PM

    The difference between now and "before": Now you DO slog out the not-feelin' it days, and before you just ... watched BL on the couch. Thanks for posting it. I needed to hear that sometimes other people are feeling the same way I do sometimes.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/18/2012 9:07PM

    Awwwwww, so very glad you got an IM from your son. That makes the day, no matter how brief.

As for your day, well I'd say you did pretty dang well! 10.25 miles is not slogging it!

HUGS and sooo glad you got an IM from your son.

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LVMAMAW 8/18/2012 8:58PM

    Good for you! You did it! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 8/18/2012 8:54PM

    Hey, 10 miles is hardly "slogging" it! Two hours on the treadmill? In my dreams!

Glad you heard from your son too. That must've made your day! :)

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KARIDIAN1 8/18/2012 8:52PM

    Some days you just need to have some quiet time for yourself. Hope the rain was needed.

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