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Update and a Happy share!

Friday, November 28, 2014

I have been "gone" for quite a while. I could give a 1,000 reasons and possibly a few more excuses. I'm going to bother with neither.

I've been a bad sparker. I've been stressing and allowing the stress to dictate what I eat. I've gained back 30 pounds and my exercise is half-hearted at best.

That all changes TODAY. Because as of today I know I have plenty of tomorrows. I know I will not be fighting cervical cancer. About 4 weeks ago I had an abnormal yearly. They did another and still abnormal cell growth. I went in for some tests with an oncologist. His exact words this am: "I'm not certain what you have going on but I know one thing. You do NOT have cancer. Abnormal tissue yes, but it is not cancer. You will need to follow up with your regular doctor as this may need to be removed but other than that you are fine." Then he kicked me out of the office and told me to have a great weekend. We'll know on Tuesday if any further treatment is needed.

My mom died of cancer at 44 and I'm 43. Needless to say the last few weeks have been BEYOND stressful. It took me most of the morning to digest this as I was convinced of the worst possible scenario. I even skipped my turkey trot yesterday as I decided that things were just too stressful.

So now I have to be back. I have to be healthy to continue to live my life. I have to live a healthy life to be grateful for the healthy body I've been given. No more abuse. I'm back on my horse.

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JUMPINJULIE 12/12/2014 6:02PM

    That is great news.

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CASEYSAUER 12/6/2014 7:02PM

    YEE HAW and GIDDEY YAP AND GO!!! I am so happy for you! I would not wish cancer on anyone! emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/3/2014 12:31AM

    Oh what good news! My dad's side of the family has a poor cardiac track record . . . and it's in my genes. But like you, I refuse to lie down and let it overwhelm me.

We can do this Kitty!

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WICKEDMELISSA 12/2/2014 8:47PM

    Welcome Back Kitty, I'm so glad everything is OK. You are one strong woman and you can do anything you put your mind too emoticon emoticon

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KALANTHA 11/30/2014 9:09AM

    Whew! Sorry you had this scare and very glad it's not the "BIG C".

Now just get back to taking good care of yourself. After all, you're going to be using that body of yours for a long, long time!

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CIPHER1971 11/29/2014 5:40PM

    That is the best possible news, and as for being stress out and falling off the wagon a little who hasn't, the important thing is you are back emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/29/2014 4:51PM

    emoticon That is fantastic news!! I think I would have been a basket case if I had been in your position. Now you can get back to living your life again and get back on the train to a healthier you!! We're all here for you, cheering you on. emoticon emoticon emoticon Just imagine the cheerleader is a goth chic! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 11/29/2014 2:48PM

    So grateful you got some answers after that devastating stress. Welcome back!

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LYDDIECAT 11/29/2014 1:20PM

    Oh wow. I am so glad you got that good news! You have been living with incredible stress, so be kind to yourself. Move your body, love yourself, and take care of YOU!

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ISLAMOM 11/29/2014 11:26AM

    Tough times! I'm glad after all that you got some good news. Sending you lots of hugs!

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It's a new day and time to get back on track. The good news is that you already know what works for you and what you have to do. You'll get there!!

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GARDENCHRIS 11/29/2014 7:27AM

    great news!

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LESLIELENORE 11/29/2014 1:43AM

    I am glad to hear you got good news. The stress must have been intense!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/28/2014 11:39PM

    I'm SO glad you received good news! I can't imagine what the last few weeks have been like for you, waiting and thinking about your mom.

It's a new day and a new chapter in your life!


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JUSTME29 11/28/2014 10:04PM

    I'm so glad for your good news. I can't imagine the stress you've been under.

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LWADE1963 11/28/2014 9:56PM

    So glad you are back. I know it's easy to say. But try not to stress at least until you know facts. Stay strong!!

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DARLENEK04 11/28/2014 9:07PM

  Welcome back Kitty....I am in the same boat...I let stress get to me and
got off my food plan and have gained back... We can do this, but we
need to do it and succeed for us and how we feel. We deserve success.


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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/28/2014 8:40PM

    Sorry you have been dealing with a cancer scare. That is surely stressful.
Glad the oncologist has good news.

Keep going forward!

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JAXMOMMY 11/28/2014 6:46PM

    Welcome back!! Doctors have no kindness any more!! But, at least it is not cancer! Wishing you a robust return to healthy living! You deserve to live healthy and treat your body for the goddess it contains!

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WARRIORGIRL121 11/28/2014 6:17PM

    Oh honey, I'm so sorry to hear what you've been going through. emoticon I've just been praying for you because I felt something was wrong... I didn't know what it was but I knew that God did. So happy to hear that you don't have cancer... I know the extra weight gain is upsetting but YOU GOT THIS. I know you do. emoticon emoticon emoticon Love, Karen

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/28/2014 6:02PM

    that is great news kitty wonder you ended up putting on weight with all that going on in your life and head.i was the same in the two weeks we were waiting to here if the growth they found in my brain was cancerous or not.lucky it was benign but all that was going on in my head while waiting for the results i wouldn´t wish on my worse it is time to move on with your life ad make every minute count it is as if we have been given a second chance which in effect that is what we have both got so don´t waste can do it love so keep on keeping on emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPUNSILK327 11/28/2014 5:50PM

    You are so loved and appreciated here no matter what! So glad about the news!!!!


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1CRAZYDOG 11/28/2014 5:48PM

    (((HUGS))))) I am so glad for the all clear from the oncologist! Good luck w/the Dr.

Now you can breathe!

So glad.

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DOGLADY13 11/28/2014 5:37PM

    So grateful cancer was ruled out. I was in a similar place many years ago. I was about 26. I had a procedure done to remove the abnormal tissue, spent several years going for a Pap 2 times/year. It never recurred. Life is good.

Seize each day and make it your best, Kitty. There is too much good stuff going on to miss a minute of it.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/28/2014 5:27PM

    Hey! I'm glad you're back, I've been worried. I'm glad the test was negative. You'll be okay, remember, a setback isn't a failure unless you give up!

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MJREIMERS 11/28/2014 5:17PM

    I'll hold the horse's reins while you climb back on. I'm so glad that you are negative for scary! We all fall off the horse, or jump off in my case, sometimes, but you are right! Now is the time to climb back on! Hee Yaw!

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NILLAPEPSI 11/28/2014 4:59PM

    So glad you don't have cancer. I can tell you first-hand that cancer sucks. I know you can get back on track. It's tough, but you are a strong person. emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 11/28/2014 4:35PM

    You are strong, take the day by the horns and go to town baby!

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Brookfield Zoo Run Run!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I have had this run planned since my birthday in April. Up yesterday I wasn't certain I was going to be able to do it.
Hubby could take me to the race, even stay to take some pictures, but he had to leave for work. Talk about adding to the bad mood!!! But my buddy (who was walking the course) said she could get me home! WOO HOO!!

So up early and dressed. Hubby made us some awesome omelets for breakfast (I had spinach and feta). Then out the door, but not without the standard picture!

My buddy met us before the race and we had some fun taking pictures and chatting. I almost missed the call to line up. OOPS!! I did forget my headphones when I took off for the start. I'm certain I would have had a better time with them but I would have missed the animals and their noises (more on that later).

The course was weaving through the zoo. We got to run past every outdoor exhibit. The male bison were snorting at the fence when I passed. I don't think they appreciated the amount of movement. Either that, or they couldn't understand what the odd stampede was all about. It was funny to have them watching us.

We got to the painted dog enclosure and we were running along the back/fenced side so we couldn't see the dogs. However, I was in a fairly large group when we got there and you could really hear all the foot pounding. From the other side of the fence you could here the yipping of a hunt! I was laughing with the guy next to me, they hear prey and someone is gonna fall. He laughed back that we just had to stay in front of the walkers!!!

Next was the "hooved" animals. I tried to thumb a ride but no one was taking me up on it. The camel was the only one paying any attention. I think to everyone else this was normal! The rhinos and elephants didn't seem to notice as we passes. The hippo didn't wake up.

After weaving again through the center of the zoo, we headed towards the big cats. The lions were sleeping as usual. However the tiger was up and very alert. He was making a noise I was familiar with from went I lived by the zoo. We have a male tiger and we'll just say he was looking for a female. The kids were thrilled. The adults that know were snickering. Ya I'm 5.

We finished up and looped back to the finish. It was a great course. I wish I had been in better condition for it. I have to admit I walked about a mile to a mile and a half of the race. With everything going on, I have done any training, running, or much of any hard cardio in a while. It was quite evident in my breathing. Just after mile two I must have had an asthma attack. I thought I had out grown it but obviously not. I had two runners and a zoo worker ask if I was ok. I walked but finished. I was able to get my breath back to run the last quarter mile. So at least I finished strong.

Hubby left and I hung out and waiting for my buddy to finish. We got to take a bunch of pictures:

We watched the award ceremony. A girl my buddy knew took 2nd place in the 20 to 25 year old group. We also got to see some animals that they had out to "say hi". I got a picture with the hawk and I got to feed the less anteater (I was pretty much the only girl in the group not afraid of holding meal worms).

Then it was off for home. We had a great chat and I was home before boy child. So I've had the afternoon to just chill with my girls. It was a great day. I needed today and it really came through for me.

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GEORGIAGIRL26 11/25/2014 10:52AM

    I agree with them that did sound like fun.
Hope that the breathing is better and you have a great day!
Your SP buddy Holly (Georgiagirl26)

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OPTIMIST1948 11/17/2014 7:08PM

    Somedays we just need some girl time.

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KALANTHA 11/12/2014 3:13PM

    Looks like lots of fun -- I LOVE your tutu!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/7/2014 6:37AM

    LOVE the Zoo. Awesome run. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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52BINCE 10/6/2014 7:29PM

    Right on!!

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JUMPINJULIE 10/4/2014 3:10PM

    Sounds like a awesome race.

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CATIATM 10/4/2014 9:12AM

    Oh my goodness! This looks like it was mega-fun! Thanks for sharing - love the pics! emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/26/2014 4:42PM

    Awesome, looks like you had a great time sweetie.

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CASEYSAUER 9/26/2014 1:58PM

    That looks like so much fun!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/25/2014 5:11PM

    TWG! emoticon Looks like so much fun!

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MAVERICKDR 9/23/2014 9:13PM

    I'm so glad you had a good time.

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FLORIDASUN 9/23/2014 11:07AM

    Soooo proud of you Kitty and your commitment to your races! That takes a LOT of dedication to get up and out that early and then fight the masses to finish.

I'm just proud of me own self when I can get myself up and out in my own neighborhood for walking...that's a BIG accomplishment on my part! Day 4 today of the streak...hope I can keep it up!

Hugs to you and congrats on a FUN healthy day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALEWINE 9/23/2014 8:54AM

    Sounds like a fun run! Sorry about your asthma.

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/22/2014 6:26PM

    Sounds like you had fun. Hope your asthma is better today.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/22/2014 4:07PM

    Sounds like a great run!

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/22/2014 3:56PM

    A wonderful adventure!

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JUSTME29 9/22/2014 8:46AM

    It really sounds like you had a great time. A run through the zoo sounds fantastic. Asthma is nothing to mess with, I hope you are recovered and it doesn't happen again.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/22/2014 7:07AM

    sounds like you had fun...... haven't been to Brookfield in awhile.

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CIPHER1971 9/22/2014 1:57AM

    Awesome, your runs continue to inspire me to push my own envelope, and makes me more determined to do the Longleat Half in March next year.

I hope your life is getting better, I am missing your blogs.

Take care

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JAXMOMMY 9/21/2014 10:41PM

    Oh Kitty.... What a great idea to run thru the zoo! I bet the animals were wondering about the human stampede! Glad it worked out for you to be able to do it! To me, it sounds like a race right up your alley! Sometimes just finishing is a victory in itself! Yay!

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    That look like so much fun ! It is great to see you looking so happy!
I have been to Brookfield Zoo many times and love it.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/21/2014 8:48PM

    Looks like fun. Used to belong to Brookfield Zoo when we lived in IL. Wonderful zoo.

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MJREIMERS 9/21/2014 8:37PM

    I love the painted dogs! I would have held the meal worms, too!! I'm so glad you had fun! Thanks for the pictures. It made me feel like I was there.

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LESLIELENORE 9/21/2014 8:27PM

    Wow! Awesome! Glad you had fun. I love the pics.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/21/2014 7:56PM

    What a cool place to run.

Good job, Kitty!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/21/2014 7:41PM

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KELLIEBEAN 9/21/2014 7:37PM

    We'll definitely meet up next year. I should have thought to ask if you were going to do that one. Very cool you got to meet some animals close up!

Love your skirts! I'm glad you got through the asthma attack. Nothing keeps you down!


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Warrior DAY!!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Yesterday was my scheduled Warrior’s Dash. I do the one in downstate Indiana. Hubby and I usually make a day (or weekend) of it. This year he was offered a chance to pick up and extra day of work. We are short on funds (who isn’t) so he took the work. I wasn’t upset. I encouraged it. Just meant I was on my own for the race. No biggie! Packed all my MCR cd’s for travel with my changing bag and figured good to go.

We took a few pictures before I left.

Shared some scrambled eggs with provolone (hubby makes the world’s BEST egg and cheese scramble). I would be using gear check for the first time ever, so I made certain I had a small, closeable bag that would hold a towel, flip flops, and car keys. Everything else would be locked in the car. I wrapped my fit bit in plastic and clear duct tape, put it in the holder and wrapped that with plastic wrap. Woo – Hoo, out the door on time.

Now I had to leave at 5:30 am as my wave time was 10, I have a 2.5 to 3 hour drive and they are on EDT not CDT time. So I knew hubby was going back to sleep for a while (he didn’t leave for work until 10:30). In went May Death Never Stop You and I was off. Fast forward to south bound I-65. The speed limit is 75 (those who know me know what this means I was doing). Traffic was very light but still present as I was going along next to a semi. I was in the left lane.

Next thing I knew it sounded like a cannon went off in my trunk! The car was being surrounded by black smoke and I was losing control. I heard the semi next to me lock up his brakes and I used the car’s momentum to cut in front of him and on to the shoulder. He whizzed past me just as I crossed the line (I think). I locked my arms on the wheel and slammed the brakes. As I stopped I saw a tire rolling down 65. Everything smelled like burnt rubber.

I opened my door and was greeted to this:

I had just completely blown a tire at 80+ mph, cut passed a speeding semi, and managed to get onto the shoulder without falling into the ditch all in about 5 seconds. I opened all four doors and started to shake. I got out and looked at it again. “Dammit Kitty, it’s a flat. A priceless flat, a missing flat, but JUST A FLAT!”

So what do you do with a flat - you change it. I got the jack and lug wrench out of the trunk along with the donut. At first it was too hot to touch but after a few minutes I was able to break the lugs, get the car jacked up, but the stupid thing wouldn’t come off!!! I had to call hubby. Who was jumping into a car we had borrowed for him to go to work to come get me. I was furious at this point.

I was obviously “displaying” my “frustration” – I was jumping up and down, kicking the wheel, and cussing like a drunken sailor with tourettes. When a farmer in a 1980 F-150 pulled over. He and his wife got out (they were at least mid sixties).

Farmer: You ok?
Me: yea
Wife: ya hurt?
Me: no
Farmer: Got a tire problem?
I pointed. “Got one missing”
Farmer: You got it up, what wrong?
Me: it won’t come off!
Farmer: I can fix that.

He pulled out an old fashioned flat steel pry bar, the straight kind with flat ends you could use like a spear. Walked over and after three different tries – POP! The wheel came off! I went to work, getting the spare on. He and his wife just watched me. Once I had everything done, he walked over and check the lugs.

Farmer: You got that done good
Me: Thanks
Farmer: It wasn’t much
Me: But it was what I needed.
Wife: You be safe and here – you’re gonna want this when you start to calm.
She handed me a glass mason jar. “It’s just some sweet tea, but you’re gonna need it”
I laughed and shook their hands.

I called hubby who was just getting ready to get on the expressway and told him to go home.

Hubby: You coming home?
I thought about it and answered “no, I’m going to my race”
Hubby: You ok?
Me: Actually, yeah. As long as the car feels fine when I get back out on the road, I’m going to race.
Hubby: Ok, call me.

I got back out on the road and continued south. I should have been shaking. I could have been a wreck. Old Kitty would have gone home and cried about how I almost died. Instead I popped open a mason jar from a stranger, blasted “Fake Your Death”, and drank sweet tea (awesome sweet tea mind you). I did let it stop me or define my day.

I got to the Warrior’s Dash 35 minutes late. Got into a wave 45 minutes after my original start time. I had an awesome run. I laughed and joked with everyone on the trail. I actually teamed up with a woman a bit older than me and her son (who is a year older than my boy) for the last 1.5 miles. We helped each other over obstacles and cheered everyone on. It was awesome. We finished in 1hr, 22 minutes. A time I’m quite proud of for that run. This was the only picture I got at the race:

I cleaned up, got changed, and headed home. Everything felt new and better and right. My car still smells like burnt rubber but that’s the only thing really wrong. I’m proud of me and I feel great (if a bit sore today). We’ll get the tire replaced on Tuesday.

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KALANTHA 11/12/2014 3:10PM

    OMG! I'm so glad you weren't hurt!

You determination and grit are inspiring, but please do be careful!

Congrats on your run!

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You did it Kitty!!!!

Glad you're safe :)

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NHES220 9/15/2014 4:35PM

    That is quite the warrior story, but you prevailed! Nicely done. Great handling of the vehicle - that in itself is something. Awesome farmer and his wife too. Well done!

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FLORIDASUN 9/11/2014 7:48PM

    Wowy...Warrior absolutely were SO lucky! I'm thankful for's all those good deeds you've done for others coming back to you and well deserved!
I'm thankful and proud you went forward with your race you absolutely prevailed! emoticon emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 9/10/2014 10:41AM

    I'm so glad you weren't hurt and I'm really, really impressed by how you handled it all. And great job on the race! I'll bet your adrenaline was really flowing when you started.

You're my kind of woman--you're strong and you have guts! Good for you! And how nice of that sweet couple to stop and help. Sometimes I think God puts people in our path for a reason.

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LOSER05 9/9/2014 10:45AM

    leave it up to a nice Farmer to pull over and help, how sweet emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 9/8/2014 4:26PM

    I present to you, the most Awesome Kitty! What a nice couple if a bit on the side of pointing out the obvious! But, they stopped to see if you were not hurt and then they helped! Congrats on the race and the new attitude! Blowing a tire is wicked scary and I applaud you and your determination!

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LWADE1963 9/8/2014 12:55PM

    Glad you were safe and that the farmer came along. Good going on your warrior dash and your persistence

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MAVERICKDR 9/8/2014 9:39AM

    This is an outstanding victory for you. Way to go, Kitty.

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CASEYSAUER 9/8/2014 8:28AM

    WOW! You are truly blessed! What an incredible story!

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CIPHER1971 9/8/2014 6:15AM

    Wow -glad you are okay - me I would have been a shaking wreck.

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Have a great day

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DARLENEK04 9/7/2014 10:33PM

  Way to go Kitty....just keep on keepin on...

Glad you are okay.


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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 8:37PM

    Glad your all right. I'm impressed I would have been shaking.

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/7/2014 8:05PM

    Yikes!! That is really scary! I'm so glad you were able to control the vehicle and are ok. I'm also glad that the semi-truck driver was paying attention and noticed that you needed to get over even if it was close. That's so nice that a good samaritan came to help you. You really are a strong woman! You handled the whole situation really well. You are a force to be reckoned with. I'm amazed you still went to the race and did well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 9/7/2014 8:03PM

    wow, what a day!!! you are just pure awesome to have gone through all of that with the tire and pulling in front of a semi, changing a tire and going on to the race! You are made of steel, you really are a warrior! Congrats!!!!!

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/7/2014 7:58PM

    Good for you Kitty! Glad you pressed through and carried on! Doesn't surprise me... you're a strong woman! emoticon Proud of you! emoticon emoticon

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BOILHAM 9/7/2014 7:53PM

    Love the good Samaritan helping out. I know lots of women who could never change a flat tire -- good job! Love your determination, but I always knew you had that.
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LESLIELENORE 9/7/2014 7:52PM

    Holy toledo! Scary, but you are one strong woman. Glad you felt steady enough to complete the dash and drive home. Take care of you.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/7/2014 7:46PM

    OMG ............. This was horrific! ............ I am glad you are ok and that the farmer and wife stopped ............. Whew!! emoticon ...Stay safe ok? .... we need you around!

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KALEWINE 9/7/2014 7:02PM

    Wow! You had quite the morning! I'm glad you were okay and even made it to your race. I might have headed home after that. And congrats on your awesome time!

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    Wow! That woulda scared the hell out of me. I am so glad that you are okay and made it to your run. ((Hugs))

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JUSTME29 9/7/2014 5:57PM

    That's really scary, and you handled it perfectly. I'm so glad the semi was paying enough attention to slow down so you could get past him - close, but safely.

And a great run to boot!

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OHANAMAMA 9/7/2014 5:38PM

    I would have cried and went home. You did GREAT, Kitty! I"m so proud of you for owning the situation, handling it, then proceeding with your planned day. You Rock... and so does your music, btw. :) emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/7/2014 4:25PM

    Oh my goodness, that's scary! Great job keeping enough control to get past the semi and safely to the shoulder! Great job! Chris says he's impressed too :)
I'm glad your race went well too!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/7/2014 3:53PM

    Oh my gosh! I'm so glad you're ok. Man! That tire looks like a shark chewed on it. emoticon

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MAWMAW101 9/7/2014 3:11PM

    I'm so impressed! Good for you..... emoticon

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_JODI404 9/7/2014 2:58PM

    You should be so proud of yourself Kitty!!


This is a true example of exactly how TOUGH you really are!!! You are a warrior, and you do things that exemplify that all the time!

Kudos to you for going to the race and enjoying yourself and cheering others on. Such a better choice than a pity party. Brushes with death are very serious, and give us lessons, but you chose not to create suffering out of it by accepting it and moving forward to what's next, then what's next.... and getting it done!!

So proud of you!! You are one serious bada$$ girl! Spark on and stay strong!
So glad that no one was hurt! That is a horrible thing to have happen, I can't even imagine. I KNOW I would not have reacted like you did....but maybe now I will think of this and make better choices for having heard this story!

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/7/2014 2:29PM

    What a blessing that you are SAFE and well, that your angels stopped and gave you exactly what you needed, that you got to race well and have fun, and that your hubby got to work! You are a champion!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/7/2014 2:14PM

    Glad you're all right! And glad you got to do the Warrior Dash.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/7/2014 12:40PM

    Wow scary ! SOOOO glad your ok! SEE you are a strong woman and you should be proud of your ability to handle anything!

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ISLAMOM 9/7/2014 10:16AM

    WOW!! Way to go Kitty. I'm really impressed and inspired by your determination to make the day a success!!! You did great!! How awesome was that! When I saw the picture of your wheel, I couldn't believe it. Glad you're safe and that you had a triumphant day!! Congrats!!

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Spent the weekend taking some me time. Saturday, I went and had my hair done for the first time ine two years. The selfie is REALLY bad, but you can get the idea. Color came out all wrong in the picture, I'm black and red. Hubby says it looks good, I just really needed to have something different.

Then yesterday we spent the day at Brookfield Zoo. I love the zoo. If you need to go on about animals on display, please don't. Przewalski's horse. I say no more.

So we had a great time. Stingray bay was open this time and we got to pet the rays. Hubby commented on how much they seem to like me. They have had this exhibit for the last 4 years (I think). I always end up with a swarm around my hands. They are such awesome creatures I love it. However they always find a way to soak me, and yesterday was no different. I was petting on and another tried to push in. The one I was petting went for a wind slap, I ended up with a face (and mouth) full of salt water. I also had one of the southern rays mistake my pinky for a shrimp. They might not have teeth but those dental plates can crush. I've got a bruised pinky today, but nothing that is all that difficult.

Today, we have errands and getting things back in order. Oh well, guess I have to get back to real life eventually.

Speaking of real life, I'm trying to get back to my healthy eating and exercise plans. I've looked at all my past logs, I've made my plan - and I've done nothing about it. I'm not happy with myself about that. So here we go again. I see the train tracks, I want to get back on track, and I honestly don't know what keeps stopping me. I don't have time to figure it out. I need to just do it as the phrase goes.

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KALANTHA 11/12/2014 3:05PM

    Your hair looks great! Sounds like the zoo was fun, too, but sorry about your finger.

I hope you'll get back on track. Take it from me, it's torture when you jump the rails like I did and have to struggle again.

I notice all your 5Ks. Looks like you've really been doing well with them. Keep it up!


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LOSER05 9/9/2014 10:41AM

    you look very pretty.

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 8:33PM

    Love the zoo you can do it.

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JAXMOMMY 9/4/2014 5:57PM

    It is obvious to me that stingrays are like dogs and sense who loves them! On our honeymoon I kept getting approached in the sea by wild stingrays! Here's hoping you find yourself back on track real soon!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/4/2014 12:58AM

    You can do it!

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/2/2014 2:35PM

    It would be so much easier with a drill sergeant bossing us around all day!

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OHANAMAMA 9/2/2014 2:32PM

    you and your hair look great! Sounds like a great time you had. We're in the same boat, Kitty. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/2/2014 11:30AM

    making plans and falling short is a battle we all have to overcome...

now let's go face that challenge head on girl!!


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APED7969 9/2/2014 7:44AM

    Your hair looks great! You're not the only one who's just been planning to get back on track but not quite doing it! I've decided September is going to be my month to do it. I'm sure it'll be yours too!

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CASEYSAUER 9/2/2014 7:33AM

    You look SO beautiful!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/2/2014 6:47AM

    your hair is awesome and so are you.... as for the rest just do it! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/2/2014 3:27AM

    I think you look great!! I like your hair! Glad you are finding some "ME" time. It sounds like fun visiting those rays. Animals know whether someone is a good person or not. I know you'll get back on track. emoticon emoticon starts tomorrow!

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CIPHER1971 9/2/2014 2:44AM

    Lovely pic and I love rays too.

the old saying goes fake it till you make it.

Have a great day

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    Your hair looks really good! Wow, a mouthful of that stuff? ewwwww heh
Yep, start again, it's great we can!

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/1/2014 11:35PM

    Glad you had a good weekend... I love your new hairstyle... I think it looks fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I always love how light and soft that hair feels after a trip to the hairdresser's... a fresh cut always gives a new bounce and shine to it! emoticon

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    Hairstyle/color is very flattering...looks great!
I love the zoo....Brookfield Zoo is a wonderful place.

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MJREIMERS 9/1/2014 7:39PM

    I'm glad you had a good weekend. I agree with your hubby, your hair looks emoticon I love the color!!

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JUSTME29 9/1/2014 7:09PM

    You look great! Your hair looks fabulous! and it sounds like you had a great weekend to boot. You rested, rejuvenated, seen some animals, petted some rays, and now you'll have the spark you need to carry through with your plan.

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MAVERICKDR 9/1/2014 5:45PM

    Glad you enjoyed the zoo; I love 'em (especially since I'm close to the Philadelphia Zoo, first zoo in the US). Hope you have a nicer week.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2014 5:42PM

    You look fabulous!!!! I like it.

Wow! I don't know why, but I'd have to get my courage up to pet the sting ray.

I love Brookfield Zoo. When we lived in IL, we had a family pass. Went all the time. Awesome place.

HUGS and hope that pinky feels better.

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ISLAMOM 9/1/2014 2:19PM

    Love your hair!! So happy you got some "me" time....we all need it!!


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NILLAPEPSI 9/1/2014 1:54PM

    You look beautimous!!! Your hair looks fantastic! Sounds like a fun time with the rays. emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 9/1/2014 1:34PM

    Well I think your hair looks pretty darned cute! ........... emoticon ........ Glad you are finding ME time ...... ME too.............. resting today and getting ready for a very big work week! ............ The zoo sounds fun! ........ Hope all goes well for you in September! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/1/2014 12:48PM

    Those rays know you are good people! I am still floundering a bit with getting back on track after my vacation this summer. Time for me to get to it!

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Too Hot for my girls to walk today.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I was horribly hot and humid again here today. I had wanted to take a long walk with the girls but it was just too much once we got out there. They were both suffering after a bit over a mile. We did our normal 3 mile route and then headed back into the house. They have both just been laying in front of a fan for the last two hours.

We had a friend follow us for a bit while we were walking along. When you see this picture, remember this is only about 5 to 6 feet from me and my dogs.

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JUMPINJULIE 9/1/2014 1:16AM

    Great picture I hope it cools down soon.

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/31/2014 7:33PM

    I understand. I don't like hot humid weather either. Poor you and poor puppies!

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SOULFISH80 8/29/2014 9:08PM

    It is a shame when the weather gets in our way. Usually for me it's will power, but the weather has interupted many a good work out. Glad you and your girls are still sparking away.

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KALEWINE 8/27/2014 10:58PM

    Hot and humid is a way of life where I live. I'm totally over summer.

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OHANAMAMA 8/26/2014 2:02PM

    super hot and humid here, too.
but very cool about y'all's tag along. :)

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LIVINGFREE19 8/26/2014 12:32AM

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MJREIMERS 8/25/2014 9:32PM

    It's been very hot and humid here, too. Too hot for any creature.

How cool that you were that close to a Heron. I'm surprised it came that close to you and your dogs! Very nice.

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JUSTME29 8/25/2014 9:25PM

    Very cool company on your walk. It should be cooling down pretty soon, and then it'll be too cold. Sigh.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/25/2014 7:25PM

    very cool!

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    Nice picture!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/25/2014 4:22PM

    The birds are such a welcome surprise on our walks!

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MICHELLE_391 8/25/2014 10:00AM

    Ugh. I know. Punim barely made it a mile. Heck, I barely did. 5K steps for the day yesterday. Pretty sad.

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    It was roasting around here too. We went swimming in the river for the afternoon!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/25/2014 4:10AM

    At least you got 3 miles in. Better than none at all. I think that bird is a crane can't tell for sure but it looks like a blue crane. Beautiful either way!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/25/2014 3:52AM

    Hot dogs. I'd have been in front of the fan, too.

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CIPHER1971 8/25/2014 3:29AM

    Lovely bird.

Hope you dogs feel cooler.

Have a great day

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DARLENEK04 8/24/2014 9:40PM

  Well if you have to be followed, a big bird is a nice follower....

It is hot here also, too hot to get the bikes out and ride...


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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:15PM

    Nothing to say about the ankle so it must be feeling a little better. Take care in that heat and more bronchitis!

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JAXMOMMY 8/24/2014 7:51PM

    I'll take some of that heat, thank you! It really cooled down here! Tell me who the friend is!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 7:42PM

    Water, water, water!!! And glad you relaxed after your walk.

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LIMOM2TWINS 8/24/2014 7:35PM

    Good for you for sticking it out - water please emoticon

emoticon Limom2twins

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2BDYNAMIC 8/24/2014 7:24PM

    Wow--this guy followed ........ Amazing! Sounds like the girls are glad to be back home w/ a fan cooling them off .......... Good work on getting 3 mi. in! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/24/2014 7:15PM

    Good for you to get 3 miles in. Cooper didn't want to walk today either.

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ALICIA214 8/24/2014 7:11PM


I Love those birds,the first one I saw was so motionless I thought it was a statue on a
man made island in one of our beautiful public gardens ...
Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me..


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HOLLYM48 8/24/2014 7:01PM

    It is so hard to walk when it is hot and humid but good job for sticking it out for 3 miles.

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ICECUB 8/24/2014 6:58PM

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