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Why I keep my gym membership

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I have a treadmill at home. I have free weights at home. I have stretch bands, a Suisse ball, a weighted ball, a balance board, a step, DVDs... you know the drill. I am all set up to do weight training and basic cardio. And there is a bike in my garage for decent weather. But there is ONE thing my at-home equipment just doesn't have, and for this reason if no other... the gym membership will stay in the budget.



1000 yards, mixed strokes, 37 minutes. Need I say more? Oh, yes... "ahhhhh!"

  
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KANDOLAKER 12/3/2012 8:20AM

    emoticon Good enough reason! Welll done.

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LJCANNON 12/3/2012 8:14AM

    emoticon Sounds like a Very Reasonable Expense to me!!
I know that - for me - just paying that Monthly Bill keeps me Motivated!

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LEANJEAN6 12/3/2012 8:06AM

    --You are so good--Keep it up--You will never be a "'cake lady"----Lynda emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/2/2012 10:04PM

    Glad you enjoy your gym, too. Love the picture! Your gym's pool looks a bit classier than mine. Yet I love my gym for many reasons: the pool, great child care for Gwen, great people to sip coffee (no extra cost) with, Zumba and the variety of classes, weight machines, elliptical, foam rollers, kind and knowledgeable staff, warm showers, etc. I don't have as much exercise stuff at home as you do, but I have a bunch. If I could never get to the gym again, I'd still have no excuse not to exercise. But I am glad to have the gym. If I didn't need the pool and child care there is a gym much closer to my house and cheaper, but I do need the pool and child care.

Spark On!!

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MSLZZY 12/2/2012 9:36PM

    Put one of those in the garage,LOL!

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WATERMELLEN 12/2/2012 7:22PM

    I love my gym mostly for the people . . .anyone who gets up at 5 am to exercise is generally a little quirky, hightly motivated, and the kind of person I'm going to like!

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DOGLADY13 12/2/2012 7:18PM

    Gorgeous pool. I've been dawdling about getting back in the pool at the Y. I really don't like swimming laps. But I need to keep swimming so I can do the open water swims when summer comes around again.

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KARIDIAN1 12/2/2012 6:16PM

    Looks like a good reason to me.

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LORILEEPAGE 12/2/2012 4:49PM

    That is a great workout!

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_LINDA 12/2/2012 4:12PM

    Wow! Well done!!
Yep, bummer we can't afford those pools in our backyards, isn't it ;P

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2012 4:11PM

  You betcha that's a great reason to keep the gym membership up! good job.

HUGS

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DALID414 12/2/2012 3:21PM

    I need to learn to swim.

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PATRICIAAK 12/2/2012 1:51PM

    yep! good reason.

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AMARILYNH 12/2/2012 12:37PM

    Good reason!! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/2/2012 12:27PM

    I miss swimming. The pool I use is closed until the new year.

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December 1st? Running outside?

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Yes! It was a misty, foggy morning, but the temperature was over 40 F, and it just pulled me out the door. I let my feet take me where they wanted to go. When I got home I mapped it out and found it was about 6.6 miles, in the 79 minutes I was moving. It was a walking warm up and cool down included interval run-walk-run. The walks were mostly a minute. The runs varied from 1 up to 4.

Overall average pace was 12 minute miles. I'm quite content with that.

I'm even more pleased that I ran just because I felt like it. No races on a schedule, no training plan... well... except...

You see, it's December 1st. Traditionally, December 1st has been when they opened up registration for the Lincoln Marathon, which is held the first weekend in May.

This year, they posted on their website that they will open registration for the FULL Marathon only on December 8th. They will defer opening registration for the HALF marathon until December 21st. This is to allow more of the full marathon runners to get in, because we all start at the same time, and they cap the total number of runners at 10,000. The half had become so popular that full marathoners were not getting in, it filled up so fast.

Which of course makes me think: is this MY year to do a full? And you all know where I'm going with this. I'm in better shape right now than I have EVER been at this point in a calendar year. It takes 20 weeks on the training plan I have found on line for a full marathon beginner... which would mean I'd have to start training the week of December 17th!

And my mind goes to the "if not NOW, when?" place. I'm 60. First (maybe only) full marathon at 60? Am I that crazy? Maaaaaybe. After all, would I regret more trying and not being able to complete it, or never trying and wishing I had?

So... I have a week to ponder the question. My niece who ran her first full marathon this Autumn is saying "go for it". My inner dreamer is saying "go for it". The training plan looks do-able, although it's a huge time commitment.

I shall of course, keep Spark friends posted as to what I decide to do. The other dream goal was an olympic distance triathlon... which is more balanced activity... and I'm thinking the two might not both be do-able in the same year for this crazy lady. Committing to a full marathon will likely cause me to defer deciding about the olympic tri... maybe do the same sprint tri I did last year, but sign ups for that don't open until after the marathon.

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DOGLADY13 12/2/2012 7:16PM

    I'm with the crowd. Sign up. What's the worst thing that can happen? You don't stick to the training regimen and you ran the half instead.

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MOBYCARP 12/2/2012 7:15PM

    You had better weather for your December 1 run than I had for mine, and I'm glad you took advantage of it. Over 10K on a run when you're just running because you feel like it? Maybe you do have a full marathon in you. I don't know, but I trust you'll figure out what you can do and whether you're willing to commit the time to it.

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_LINDA 12/2/2012 5:02PM

    Awesome morning run -I have always loved getting out in the fog -is usually peaceful and quiet with no wind -a rare occurence here! Great time!
News Flash! 60 is the new middle age -we are living longer these days and if we keep our healthy lifestyles, that will be even longer! The full marathon sounds good to me. You are strong, injury free and very motivated! Got to admit -10,000 people running a race?/ That is a small city!! Mind boggling to be sure! But that is how popular running is!
Enjoy your Sunday!

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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 9:02AM

    Just read this on Runner's World Facebook posting, had to come back and share it with you:


Runner's World:

"Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You'll get there, I promise." - Zoe Koplowitz

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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 8:41AM

    You can do it! Great blog and how neat to get out and run just for the heck of it, with no time, pace, goal, etc. We should all do that more often. Best wishes on your decision!! Kathy

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LEANJEAN6 12/2/2012 8:29AM

    Well, only yu know if you have that time commitment--but I think you will do it--LOL--That's YOU Barb!!!---Lynda emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 12/2/2012 3:25AM

    60 years young. Your blogs are very motivating.
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KARIDIAN1 12/1/2012 11:17PM

    You should go for it. That would give you a good training goal and it sounds like you would have the time to train properly for it.

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MSLZZY 12/1/2012 10:54PM

    Go for it! You never know until you try!
I am sure my SIL will be running the FM
with the National Guard so I will be sure to ask
him if he registered.

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WATERMELLEN 12/1/2012 9:58PM

    Very interesting decision-making process going on here!

You could sign up, start the training, decide later . . . just keep your options open!!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/1/2012 9:07PM

    I'm pretty sure I can read between the lines...you're probably going to do it, and at the very least, you'll be training for it.

You Go Girl!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/1/2012 7:31PM

    I say you go for it while you are young. And since I live vicariously through you...I'm not getting any younger either.
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I may even get off my butt and fly out to cheer you on if you do it!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/1/2012 7:14PM

    WOW is all I can say and if you think you can do it and manage the training then Go for it. I can easily tell people to go for their dream but am having a hard time debating about mine/ours ( hubby's) and if I want to do it.

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DALID414 12/1/2012 6:31PM

    Live the dream!!

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KRISZTA11 12/1/2012 6:12PM

    That misty morning run sounds great!
I love these foggy autumn/winter mornings so much...

You are fit and strong enough for the marathon training, and once you get beyond the distances you ever ran you'll see if you want to run the whole distance within a year, or you need longer time.
It should be safe if you have a good plan and take good care of yourself.
I'm dreaming of running a half marathon within 1-2 years, and of running a marathon within a few more years, but I'm not there yet.

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DLDMIL 12/1/2012 4:24PM

    That is a hard decision and a long run. I say go for it, but that comes from someone who has only done 5k's and one 10k this year. emoticon You inspire so many of us and we will be here to cheer you on whether you do it or not.


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1CRAZYDOG 12/1/2012 3:48PM

  IF you can dream it, your heatt does believe it, you can achieve it! YOU GO! As for the tri, well . . . your brain and heart will tell you. For sure, so will your body.

HUGS

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ROXYZMOM 12/1/2012 3:44PM

    Go for it! I want to cheer you on!

You can do this!
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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/1/2012 2:37PM

    I had a 4 mile Jingle Bell race this morning. It was overcast and about 55 - 60 here in Kansas. Pretty nice for Dec 1.

Good luck with your decision!

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BOILHAM 12/1/2012 2:34PM

    You sound like you are ready to me. Towards the end of the training, you will need to free up from a few to several hours for your long runs. Add in two days during the week for you shorter runs, (3 days is better, but not absolutely necessary) and you are good to go. The more miles you can put in the better will be your outcome, but fewer hours/miles are okay if you just want a "to finish" marathon. Good luck!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 2:21PM

    Yes, I love your dreaming! And mostly because you have the grit, integrity, and character to make those dreams come true. I already wrote my comments about the full on your SparkPage. You certainly can do it, if you choose. I'm betting on you!!

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DAWN14163 12/1/2012 2:19PM

    Marathon training is a huge committment and very time cosuming - but if yuou don't do it now, when will you ever? If you're fit and healthy enough, go for it! Or be prepared to live with possible regrets and "what if?"s.....
(note I'm very good at talking other people into running marathons haha!)
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PATRICIAAK 12/1/2012 2:02PM

    If you can dream it, you can do it!

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It's FRIDAY! Woohoo!

Friday, November 30, 2012


Go Big Red!

I made it through to Friday, past a food day, past a retirement party, without eating off plan. With three little strength training sessions added. I got back in the pool, something I'd dragged my feet over.

I think we can call this week a success, so far.

Now, standard warning to self: don't get cocky. Remember what you really want. Breathe. And decide what's most important for today. One decision at a time.

Life IS good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 11:59AM

    One decision at a time!! Great philosophy. Yep. That fitness of yours is the results of hundreds and hundreds of little decisions you make every day. Go, Barb!!

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PATRICIAAK 11/30/2012 10:39PM

    Super!

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_LINDA 11/30/2012 10:08PM

    emoticon Well done! Enjoy your weekend, you have earned it!!

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KARIDIAN1 11/30/2012 8:02PM

    This week was pretty good food wise for me. Not so good for exercise, but with taking care of my mom, that ate up some time.

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MOBYCARP 11/30/2012 3:49PM

    Yes, it's a good week! Now that you remind me, I have think about how late I'm willing to stay up tonight to watch the Nebraska game, which should be on Fox. If it were a cable only channel, it would be an easy decision to head for bed.

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LJCANNON 11/30/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon Very Nice Week!! And, you are surrounded by Spark Friends who will make sure you don't get cocky!!

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So proud of you and your continued inspiration.


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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2012 10:46AM

  Great, great, great! Love the picture.

HUGS

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BOILHAM 11/30/2012 8:39AM

    Great blog, love the picture! You look strong and determined! Keep up the good work.

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MSLZZY 11/30/2012 7:53AM

    Cocky? You? You have done an excellent job!
Believe in yourself! HUGS!

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LORILEEPAGE 11/30/2012 7:45AM

    This sounds great especially coming from you since you were struggling with motivation a little while ago!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/30/2012 7:43AM

    It sounds like you've had a really good week. Have a terrific weekend!

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AZMOMXTWO 11/30/2012 7:41AM

  you have been sucessful all week way to go keep up the good work


have a great weekend

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DEBRA0818 11/30/2012 7:40AM

    Making it through parties without eating off plan is a key element for December -- enjoy your weekend and all that comes with keeping promises to yourself!

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AJB121299 11/30/2012 7:37AM

    Enjoy the weekend

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The reintroduction of strength training

Thursday, November 29, 2012

You know what happens when you stop training for a few weeks?

Yep, it's like starting over, all over again. So this week, I had Spark recommend three workouts for me, 20 minute ones. Upper, lower, and core, with at least a rest day between.

Between that and getting back in the pool, I'm feeling the beginnings of my December plan starting to shape up. You see, December is my own little "line in the sand" month. I am not yet ready to start training for next year's running season, and I want to get the strength training back in the mix. I will not give up my break walks at work, as they are valuable far beyond their cardio benefit.

Here's to all of us finding our own way to get through the holiday season, doing the least damage possible. emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 12:10PM

    I went back to ST this week, too. I even ran a little bit sore today and was okay with it. It is time for me to once again focus on strength, especially of my core. Yep, we think alike!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/30/2012 9:05PM

    Love the ST -- and when I was running a lot, I tended to miss out on it.

I keep thinking I should get back to the pool again too . . .

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MAGGIE101857 11/30/2012 7:22AM

    Love that you keep changing things up to stay motivated!

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LEANJEAN6 11/30/2012 6:47AM

    Good for you to re-group!----perhaps build some "you" time in there too---whatever that is--LOL---Good morning Barb-Glad you are back online!-Lynda emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/30/2012 6:03AM

    Amen,sista!

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DEBRA0818 11/30/2012 5:09AM

    What a great tool Spark People has to help interested parties work out so the parties they're interested in don't undo all the hard work from the working out. Or something like that!

I'm getting my own program for the month of December too!

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DALID414 11/29/2012 11:05PM

    I need a December plan! Besides hitting my goal weight.

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_LINDA 11/29/2012 10:49PM

    Good for you getting back into ST, women so very much need it.
I did a 50 min circuit video today with weights and my shoulders are sure feeling it already :P, not to mention legs -they had you doing the weights while squatting, lunging and doing that old fashioned cross chop no one seems to do anymore :P But I am missing my live classes tremendously, had some great instructors there.
My first Christmas Party at the bridge club comes this Saturday..Finding our way through the minefields indeed..
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DLDMIL 11/29/2012 10:44PM

    great plan for the month. emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 11/29/2012 10:38PM

    Right now kind of in a holding pattern between work, Mom and gun club renewals. Just running out of time to do much exercise. Will come up for air soon I hope.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/29/2012 10:33PM

  Good luck! Got to keep the motivation going thru December . . . but managing to get a plan together for me too.

HUGS and good luck!


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MSLZZY 11/29/2012 10:32PM

    Whatever works for you. Time for me to fine tune
my workouts.

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ANDI571 11/29/2012 9:36PM

    Good for you. I need to get some of your motivation. I am holding my own, but seem to be on hiatus right now. The good thing, I am maintaining, so I must be doing something right.

Keep up the good work my friend!

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PATRICIAAK 11/29/2012 9:35PM

    You're an achiever!

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MOBYCARP 11/29/2012 9:23PM

    Good on you, mixing it up. Actually, re-starting strength training isn't quite like starting from scratch. Yeah, you get that world class DOMS the first time back; but the strength should come back faster than the first time you built it. Your body will remember that it's done this sort of thing before, and react appropriately.

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Wednesday Pep Talk

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Here we are at the middle of the work week.

Tuesday's victory? There was a food day at work. I observed something that I think bespeaks the success of the work place wellness initiatives: about HALF the treat table was covered with healthy options. Fruits and veggies, plain cheese in single portion sizes, etc. The other half was as usual completely decadent (including pumpkin cheesecake, a particular temptation since I missed Thanksgiving dinner, being on the road!)

And I managed to avoid it all, as I had pre-packed my permitted options, and I stuck to my plan. So, that's Tuesday's victory. I also did my stress-busting break walks.

Wednesday's plan is the same: remember to breathe between the meetings. Find time to take those break walks and if I don't get enough of them in, make sure I get an after work workout.

* The job will not be benefitted by sacrificing your health. Balance is essential to life!

And life continues to be good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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LINDAKAY228 11/29/2012 12:40PM

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/29/2012 7:43AM

    Sounds like you did good!

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KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB !

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After your job comments !


Have a Thrilling Thursday

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_LINDA 11/28/2012 11:15PM

    emoticon That is fantastic discipline! Good for your workplace for putting out healthy options too!
This is why you are succeeding so well at all you choose to take on!
Go Barb, go!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/28/2012 9:54PM

  What an insightful blog and congratulation on your victory! It isn't easy to be disciplined with yourself, but it sure does have it's benefits!

Good job, Barb!!!! HUGS

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KARIDIAN1 11/28/2012 9:39PM

    Good choices! We are going to have a potluck soon for the holidays at work. My plan is just to nibble on things in moderation.

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WATERMELLEN 11/28/2012 8:17PM

    Huge!! Both that you've had such an impact on the healthy choice arrays at work, AND that you stuck to your own plan for nutrition and fitness!!

(Unless the pumpkin cheesecake had had ginger cookie crumb crust . . . and candied ginger . . . and maybe pecan praline topping . . . I THINK I could have resisted it too . . . but glad I wasn't put to the test!)

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PATRICIAAK 11/28/2012 7:27PM

    Terrific!

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CASEYTALK 11/28/2012 5:08PM

    That's impressive! Passing up the treats in favor of your plan shows how far you have come and how you have made real, lasting changes.

You rock.

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DLDMIL 11/28/2012 4:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on sticking to your plan. I am also sticking to my packed lunch and not the goodie table and doing my break walks. Thank you for being so inspirational. emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 11/28/2012 3:21PM

    Awesome, Barb!
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D & I have been discussing the Lincoln Half in May. It's still on the table!
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IRONBLOSSOM 11/28/2012 1:58PM

    Nice! There are donuts in my office's kitchen and I'm not being great about avoiding them...but I will be better!

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DALID414 11/28/2012 10:14AM

    Pumpkin cheesecake!! I SO would have caved to that!!

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ELRIDDICK 11/28/2012 7:57AM

  Thanks for sharing

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HEALTHY4ME 11/28/2012 7:53AM

    AWESOME! you do so darn well !!!

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