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Appreciating the ropes and pulleys

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Today's body appreciation system are the ropes and pulleys that allow us to be mobile. OK, rough analogy, perhaps, but I'm talking about appreciating our muscles. There are so many! From the ones that make facial expressions possible to the ones that enable us to walk, run, swim and bike... to the ones that Olympic weight lifters use to clean and jerk.

Without our muscles, we'd be a big pile of goo with bones inside (we'll get to those later!) So today, whatever shape you think you're in, give a little thought and appreciation to those muscles that respond to our demands. Give them the fuel they need, good protein, calcium, and hydration, for muscle needs water. Breathe, for muscle needs oxygen.

And get a bit of exercise, for those muscles actually like to be put to use!

LIFE is good! Spark on! emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 6/6/2013 6:54AM

    Love the feel of my back muscles after a set of lat pull-downs! And, of course, the absence of back flab under a form fitting T shirt!! (OK, the ol' vanity muscles is in top shape!!)

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PATRICIAAK 6/5/2013 9:34PM

    Great to be good to our bodies.

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SUNNY1432 6/5/2013 9:20PM

    Good thoughts! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 6/5/2013 8:50PM

    It's amazing how responsive our muscles are. We start working them in ways they aren't accustomed to. They complain for a short time and then just get down to the business of doing their job and getting better and stronger while they are at it.

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LJCANNON 6/5/2013 6:10PM

    emoticon Great Analogy!!

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LEWILL1982 6/5/2013 2:40PM

    Great analogy! Someone shared with me the idea of "sip and stretch". Drink your water and get up and move around.

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SIMONEKP 6/5/2013 2:14PM

    awesome

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MRS.DOYLE 6/5/2013 1:57PM

    My Pilates teacher is very good at explaining anatomy to us. The stretching and exercises make more sense when we understand what is happening to the muscles.

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LESLIELENORE 6/5/2013 1:52PM

    I was thinking about feet today. They are pretty absurdly fragile if you stop to think about it.

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DALID414 6/5/2013 12:23PM

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MIZCATHI 6/5/2013 10:52AM

    Great thoughts and reminders! Muscles are so important, and I want mine to support me for the rest of my days.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/5/2013 10:03AM

    Here's a big shout out to my awesome muscles! It IS an amazing system that allows our muscles to function!

Hugs and smiles. Here's to moving and getting those muscles strong and fired up. After all, they're the furnaces in our bodies that burn the calories too!

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KALIGIRL 6/5/2013 9:44AM

    Here's to listening to those ropes and pulleys and luxuriating in them
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CELIAMINER 6/5/2013 9:43AM

    Great advice! Time for some more water.
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GABY1948 6/5/2013 9:06AM

    emoticon emoticon and informative blog! Thanks!

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DEBRITA01 6/5/2013 8:45AM

    emoticon to our muscles and all they allow us to do!

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LEANJEAN6 6/5/2013 8:00AM

    Ya gotta work those muscles or they seize up-----good info--Lynda emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/5/2013 7:53AM

    Words of wisdom and a great way to look at how our wonderful bodies are made. HUGS!

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Appreciating the hinges

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

This one is brought on by various things: my foot talking to me last Saturday. MJREIMERS mentioning a knee issue. MOBYCARP and his ongoing recovery from foot and leg issues. And since ANDI571 kicked off the idea of focus on individual body parts in her response to yesterday's blog, today's little reverie is devoted to the body's joints, i.e. "hinges".

Knees, elbows, necks, ankles... all the joints in the body, down to the wrists, fingers and toes... looks at all those moving parts! Observe a baby discovering the wonder of controlling his or her tiny body. Ever notice your child suddenly seeming older one day? I remember this clearly. Particularly in infants, what I found was that this seeming older was triggered by them having learned a new motor control skill: holding up their head, focus of the eyes, flexing of the fingers.

Before I dropped the weight, my knees and ankles complained, but kept on doing their job. As I dropped the weight, and started feeding the body the fuel it needed, they complained less and less.

Nowadays when I overdo exercise, they can "talk" to me afresh. It is important to respect their messages. They may be saying "I need more time to recover." This is especially important to me as I "mature"... the body may need more time off to recover than when "we" (my body and I) were younger. So, no, let's not freak out over slipping an extra rest day into the training cycle from time to time... or putting in a swim for cross-training. Dropping back to a slower pace. Something to say "thank you" to the joints and to let them know you're listening to them.

If it's all about balance (LIFE), then aren't the hinges an important piece of that?

Today's reminders:
* Drink your water
* Eat what's in the bag
* Gentle with the exercise (it's a short "run" day)
* Remember to take your breaks at work
* And pause to breathe, listen, and appreciate the body, especially those joints!

LIFE is good. Spark on. emoticon

  
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OPTIMIST1948 6/5/2013 7:15AM

    I was confused by title. But now I get it. Great thoughts as always!

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PATRICIAAK 6/5/2013 12:16AM

    I'm VERY aware of my 'hinges' - 43 years of arthritis makes this so.
However, I believe in keeping going - like the energizer bunny (in slow motion).

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DOGLADY13 6/4/2013 9:31PM

    Indeed, our "hinges" are so important. When they aren't in good working order, we creak, squeak, moan and groan.

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ANDI571 6/4/2013 1:02PM

    Tweaked the back yesterday. I was getting out of the truck and my ankle just barely turned on the small hill next to the driveway. I am not sure that I like what the old body is telling me, lol. That being said, I was thinking earlier about it. I think I so easily tweaked it because I have let to much muscle disappear. So I need to baby it until it is better, then do something so it doesn't happen again.

Thanks for the reminder of how important our body is to us, and how at every age, we need to know our limits on top of trying to improve it.

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LJCANNON 6/4/2013 12:12PM

    emoticon I definitely have learned to listen to my Body!! The messages it sends have changed over the last couple of years.
When I walked for any length of time before I lost weight, my knees would say "We hate you. We hope you die."
Now, when I am getting close to Over Doing something, they say "We are still here. We COULD make your Life miserable if we want to."

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MIZCATHI 6/4/2013 11:52AM

    Knowing your body is the key to good health!

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MIRAGE727 6/4/2013 11:34AM

    I started to become one with my body about 4 months into SP. Since then, I've taken it to a new level as I'm a runner now. I was injured because my meniscus was compensating due to tight quads & no glute power, combined with IT band & hip flexor weakness! Add the fact that after I bought my new road bike, it was personally fitted by a Triathlon expert! He actually had an angle rule, measuring exactly what perfect angles my leg positions should be in! Yep, in the scheme of things, every bit of our body is a part of the whole symphony!
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GABY1948 6/4/2013 9:00AM

    emoticon reminders here!

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DEBRITA01 6/4/2013 8:46AM

    Listening to and respecting our body is so important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle...sometimes I forget that. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 6/4/2013 8:25AM

    Here's to learning to listen to our bodies!

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KANOE10 6/4/2013 8:22AM

    Great advice. As we age we need to respect those joints. I am feeling them more and more, especially when I increase my weights.

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LESLIELENORE 6/4/2013 8:12AM

    I have arthritis in my feet, so I have to respect those hinges orthey punish me. Thanks for reminding me to respect them.

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WATERMELLEN 6/4/2013 7:12AM

    Excellent! I had a super intensive gym workout Saturday followed by four hours of extreme gardening Sunday: and my body (that is me!) requires some recovery time! Especially the old knee and back hinges. Thanks for reminding me to listen and respect that!

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LEANJEAN6 6/4/2013 7:12AM

    Love yer blogs--They inspire me that emoticon I CAN do this!--I hear yuou with the weight on the joints--Lynda

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I have declared this body appreciation week

Monday, June 03, 2013

It is very easy to take our bodies for granted. Love 'em or hate 'em, we just expect them to be here and perform for us. They are where we LIVE, after all, and like our homes around us, they can become "invisible", "taken for granted" or we can find ourselves seeing only the problem spots.

Saturday's race got me thinking in this way. I knew I had treated my body badly. My tantrum-y mind had taken me down the path of the bingey foods for a week. And those bingey foods just don't have the nutritional punch my body needs. So, yes, I'd abused it.

And yet, it performed very well, despite this mistreatment, and it slammed home the lesson: appreciate it, love it, look at how much effort that body puts in FOR YOU!

And in appreciation, I spent the weekend honoring the body with the things it needs: healthy foods, in appropriate quantitys, clear, clean water, sleep, and moderate activity (OK Saturday morning I stretched the "moderate" a bit).

This work week, the take away motto is to remember to appreciate the body and treat it well, as though it were a separate person... would you treat your roommate the way you've been treating your body?

And that's the overview. Today:

* There's a bag full of healthy food ready to tuck in the back pack. emoticon
* Also in the bag, a change of clothing for work, as I'm dressed for a bike ride commute.
* I'm guaranteed my exercise with that commute. emoticon
* Remember to hydrate. emoticon
* And get to bed on time! emoticon

LIVE life today. YOU are worth it! emoticon

  
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CASEYTALK 6/4/2013 6:56AM

    Along with this are the things we SAY to our bodies that we would never say to a friend. Why do we speak to ourselves as if we were an enemy? "You are so worthless! You can't do anything! You idiot!" It is hard to treat ourselves with the same kindness and understanding we give others.

The scale went the wrong way for me this morning. It is taking a lot of effort for me not to abuse myself. Instead, I am going to try to see what went wrong and change what I can to improve.

Treat yourself gently and with kindness.


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PATRICIAAK 6/3/2013 11:26PM

    Super blog!

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MJREIMERS 6/3/2013 10:20PM

    You are 100% right! Good luck with your body appreciation week and I can't wait to meet you on Saturday!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/3/2013 8:53PM

    Our bodies definitely are amazing, awesome and cool! Hugs and thanks for this wonderful blog.

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DLDMIL 6/3/2013 2:52PM

    Thanks for sharing a very insightful blog. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/3/2013 1:34PM

    emoticon You are so right!

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DALID414 6/3/2013 11:32AM

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LJCANNON 6/3/2013 10:25AM

    emoticon Great Reminder!! I need to Bookmark this and read it again Friday Evening!!!

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CELIAMINER 6/3/2013 9:29AM

    You're off to a fabulous start! I abused my body over the weekend foodwise, but the ol' bod kept moving through vigorous hikes in high heat and humidity. Time to get back on track.

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DEBRITA01 6/3/2013 9:27AM

    So true...we often take our body for granted and tend to focus on it's flaws when, in fact, we should be grateful for this marvelous machine we've been given. We need to keep our bodies in good working order and that requires maintenance work and loving care. Thanks for a good reminder to start this week! emoticon

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ANDI571 6/3/2013 9:04AM

    I am with you too.

I will start with these arms that I constantly complain about. These arms are the ones that held my baby not only when she was well, but when she was sick. These arms are the ones that helped take care of my parents when they were sick. These arms are the arms that have given numerous family and friends hugs when they needed it. These arms that I constantly complain about have given me miles and miles of work, and I don't show them the appreciation they deserve.

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MIRAGE727 6/3/2013 8:45AM

    Thanks for sharing, Barb! I'm with ya!
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CONCHA77 6/3/2013 8:33AM

    Here's to a happy and healthy new week! Nice blog :)

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PMRUNNER 6/3/2013 8:06AM

    We take so much for granted, thanks for the reminder to appreciate it while we have it!

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HOT4FITNESS 6/3/2013 8:05AM

    You hit the nail on the head here. We are HIS masterpiece, fearfully and wonderfully made. Let us make sure we are polishing and caring for this precious body God has given us. Our Bodies do Amazing things for us.

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GABY1948 6/3/2013 7:47AM

    emoticon Have a great week!

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LEANJEAN6 6/3/2013 7:42AM

    Wow!--treat the body well--It's the place we live in--the only place we have!--I must remember that--paste it in front of my face!--Thanks Barb!----

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WATERMELLEN 6/3/2013 7:37AM

    Our bodies are so forgiving, and so resilient, and so appreciative of every good thing that we do for them!

"Ahhhh, thank you! That's what I needed!!"

Assuming that this is International Body Appreciation Week you've declared . . . I'm going to join you!

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ROXYZMOM 6/3/2013 7:33AM

    I love this blog!! I had the same week!! My life has been such a roller coaster and mt body has not been the top priority. Thanks for writing this and inspiring me.

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DOGLADY13 6/3/2013 7:28AM

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Here's to a banner week of loving our bodies!

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Satisfying Sunday

Sunday, June 02, 2013

As promised, been treating my body better. First I treated it to good, nourishing food yesterday, after the race. Then I gave it a properly early bedtime.

A good breakfast, a morning swim (1000 yards, was on about 400 by the time I got my breathing where I wanted it)... a session of minor yard work (3 bags full of cuttings/trimmings)... an afternoon nap... and topped off with a big screen theater viewing of Star Trek Into Darkness.

Ahhhh... now I feel properly pampered to start the week off right.

LIFE is good. Today it was even balanced. Spark on! emoticon

  
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LESLIELENORE 6/3/2013 1:35PM

    You are doing great. I've been meaning to see that movie.

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DOGLADY13 6/3/2013 7:08AM

    You sound like you are on top of the world! Go get 'em, Barb!

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SUNNY1432 6/2/2013 10:44PM

    emoticon I hope you have a wonderful week!

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ROXYZMOM 6/2/2013 10:08PM

    Very nice! I love days like that! Good night!

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COMPUCATHY 6/2/2013 8:57PM

    AWESOME! Yay for being good to you! We saw Star Trek today, too! I LIKED it! The Fitbit inspiration is working! This evening, my butt and legs are sore from all the walking and movement! Yay! I've been doing a lot of stepping with my Wii board and I think that is making a difference, too. Thanks for being my SP friend and an inspiration! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 6/2/2013 8:43PM

    Wonderful! Way to live. Love balance. Oh, 1000 yards is an impressive swim, too!!

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DLDMIL 6/2/2013 8:38PM

    Have a great week.

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PATRICIAAK 6/2/2013 8:31PM

    super!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/2/2013 8:29PM

    good job Barb1 Sounds like you definitely did a proper job of it. Here's to a sparktacular week. Hugs and smiles.

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Race report - Havelock Charity 10K

Saturday, June 01, 2013

It is almost as though I set out to prove the old maxim about not being able to outtrain a crappy diet, reworded to "outrun". I confessed to the crappy behavior with food yesterday, and somehow even that confession didn't stop it.

This morning, as expected, my body reminded me of how badly I'd been treating it, on the 10K course. First mile, the left foot said, "nope, you are NOT going to press for speed today". (I think it was objecting to the few extra pounds the bad behavior with food was making it carry.) So I went conservative on myself, settling for slower jog, carefully evening out my foot strike, and walking intervals when it seemed right.

BUT, I did cross the finish line, in an upright position, with a smile on my face, and sprinting (for me, not YOUR pace, MOBY) at the end (which I could not pull off last year, having held nothing back).

Nearly six minutes slower. But if you self-sabotage, that truly is the expected result. So... pull up bootstraps... resolve to treat body better, because after all, even "abused" as it was the past week, it still got me through 6.2 miles in 1:05 and change, and that's not bad for a 60 year old lady! Bleah! emoticon

The body deserves better!

In scanning the results, that time was the best for 60 and up women who showed up today. They don't give age group positions for this race, but I'm a geek and I look. It's that competitor in me.

LIFE is good, Spark friends. Let's go LIVE it! emoticon

Edited to add: Oops, I missed one on the scan... a 63 year old gal named Ginger beat me by 3 minutes and 12 seconds! Well done, Ginger, you deserved it!

  
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SUNNY1432 6/2/2013 10:46PM

    emoticon you still deserve a trophy for completing the race! emoticon job!

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PATRICIAAK 6/2/2013 7:43PM

    super

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WATERMELLEN 6/2/2013 9:51AM

    Such candour! And: regardless of the "abuse", you still did great (without further abusing yourself in the process either).

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ALOHAEV1 6/2/2013 8:48AM

    emoticon couldn't find a gold medal! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 6/2/2013 7:42AM

    Whatta amazing person you are Barb!-----recognizing yer nervous eating-doing the run-accepting the new time-and congratulating another competitor-!!!--- Truly a good Spark Person!---Love it!-Lynda emoticon

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KRISZTA11 6/2/2013 5:56AM

    emoticon to your 10K race, I consider your time very good, especially on a not-so-good day. You and all the 10K girls in your age group are an inspiration!
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_LINDA 6/2/2013 2:00AM

    emoticon Upright & smiling is the win here! Not letting the set backs get to you.

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MSLZZY 6/1/2013 10:13PM

    Still a great effort on your part!

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COMPUCATHY 6/1/2013 9:41PM

    Excellent time in my book! WTG! Good self-examination, though...time to treat that body right! You can do it! Congrats on another race well run! Hope you had a good 1st day of June! Time to set some summer goals! We can do it! I like that you did the Meyers-Brigg...I am INTJ, too! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/1/2013 7:15PM

    emoticon Maybe not your best time, but you did great!

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DALID414 6/1/2013 7:14PM

    The body is amazing and we should treat it as such.
Congrats on finishing well despite the foot.

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KERRIELYNN719 6/1/2013 5:17PM

    6 miles in an hour basically? You crushed my time...I'm lucky to get in 5... Congrats and great job!


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MOBYCARP 6/1/2013 5:07PM

    Even when it's not as good as you'd hoped, it can be pretty good. Well done, to finish upright and smiling! (And yes, I would have looked at age groups for the Corporate Challenge if they asked & reported ages. Data not available, though.)

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KALIGIRL 6/1/2013 4:16PM

    You did super!
Here's to finishing upright and emoticon

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DLDMIL 6/1/2013 4:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I think you did a wonderful job even if it wasn't a personal best. You adjusted and kept going and that is all we can do.

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ANDI571 6/1/2013 3:57PM

    Isn't it amazing what our bodies do for us even when we treat it bad. Good job on out running the crappy diet. emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 6/1/2013 3:25PM

    Nice job!

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MIRAGE727 6/1/2013 3:21PM

    We'll let you slide on this one, Barb! You walked part of it, right!
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Good time, good effort!
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SLENDERELLA61 6/1/2013 3:18PM

    Wow, that's a bummer that they didn't give age group medals, 'cause a 1:05 definitely deserves one, Barb! Congrats on a very good 10K even if it wasn't a PR. Best wishes for getting that eating comfortably just where you want it (need some similar wishes for me!!). Take care. We can do this!! -Marsha

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MRS.DOYLE 6/1/2013 2:00PM

    emoticon That's a tremendous time.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/1/2013 11:51AM

    Good job Barb! HUGS

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