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Pelotonia - Recap: Friday night

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ok, I apologize now for this taking a whole week, but this whole past week has been a blur. I'm going to write this in 3 parts as not to make this the longest blog in history.

Friday night:

Tamz and I arrive to a very crowded parking lot and get through the gates to the event. The plans for this year were similar to last year; rider check-in, dinner, opening ceremonies and entertainment. I went to rider check in and Tamz took a seat to wait. The line for A-D looked short so I was hopeful that it wouldn't take long; I was way wrong. This line wrapped all around the building that they were running check in out of.

Last year was the inaugural event and there were over 2,000 riders; this year over 4,000. As with any major event there are growing pains. This check in process is just one of those pains. It took well over an hour to just to check in and get my rider credentials. Not well organized at all. If they continue to multiply this event each year they're going to have to organize things better. I'd give the check in process a "C."

Tamz met up with several of my other riding friends in one of the food tents. One of the things that they do right is the food. There is plenty and it's good quality food for athletes. No fried foods to be found; grilled and baked only. Now, some of the sauces might have been less than stellar, but they had plenty of vegetables and lean protein. I'd give the food an "A."

We wandered around the expo with friends and missed all of the opening ceremony speakers. One of note was Chris Spielman, ex-Ohio State/NFL football player, who lost his wife to breast cancer on November 19, 2009. Tamz and I were sorry not to hear Chris speak as he's a staple in the community of Columbus. They always bring out the mayor, governor and other people related to the organization of the event.

The last part of the evening was entertainment; Augustana and Counting Crows. A pretty good line up for an up and coming event that is all sponsored by donations. We listed to Counting Crows for a few minutes, but it was nearing 9 PM and I needed to be up before 5 on Saturday morning. Most of you will relate that the night before an event isn't usually the best nights sleep.

I'll leave this post for now and get into the Saturday ride tomorrow or the next day.

Peace,
Bill
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TIGGER622 8/30/2010 2:17PM

    Sounds like a fun start - I can't wait to read about the ride!

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LEANNROCKS 8/30/2010 7:05AM

    You've come a long way, haven't you? Have a blessed week. -lynne

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DHSPARK 8/30/2010 3:04AM

    These events are usually run by volunteers...sounds like they could use a few more! Patience was your friend at check in.

Growing from 2,000 riders to 4,000 was quite amazing. Great for the cause!

Glad the food and entertainment were good.

Looking forward to part 2 of your experience.

Peace Out...
Deb :) :) :)

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AMCG2002 8/29/2010 10:34PM

    Bill,
So glad to see you resurfacing! I agree with your assessment of Friday night. The registration process was not a good way to start off an event. We left early, too. Actually ran to the grocery store on the way home to pick-up some things for the next day. doh!

Anne

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EGRAMMY 8/29/2010 9:01PM

    emoticon Thanks for taking us along on the ride....from the start....and on to the......rest next blog.

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KJNE8O 8/29/2010 7:51PM

    I bet you can find Chris' speech on YouTube. And you know - the opening ceremonies did NOT have the Mayor OR the Governor - Neither were there - weird huh?

TOm Lennox did say that they will take care of the problems with registration next year :)

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LAURIE5658 8/29/2010 7:49PM

    Awesome! I have been sitting here waiting and waiting and...well you get the point...for your race report. But alas I am very patient LOL. I would imagine that you wanted to go screaming into the night waiting and waiting just o get checked in. Hopefully, next year they will make adjustments. The food...yummy!

Until the next recap installment...

Toodles!
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LKEITHO 8/29/2010 7:40PM

    Too bad about the organization, but sounds like they had an impressive line up.

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/29/2010 7:30PM

    Aside from check-in, it sounds like a nice evening. Can't wait for the next installment!

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OSUBUCKI101 8/29/2010 6:07PM

    The wait for rider check-in was long but they were handing out snacks while I was waiting and I took advantage. I opted to leave before the bands were over to beat traffice and stop to get my Krispy Kreme's I was having for breakfast! Being in bed by 10p for me was key!

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JUSTTRIING 8/29/2010 5:15PM

    Looking forward to the rest. Glad the whole Friday evening wasn't a bust like check-in!

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BUCKEYESKIER 8/29/2010 5:14PM

    They definitely weren't prepared at the check-in, but other than that, the Friday night festivities were great! I would probably rate it as a B+ overall (but, I got there earlier and didn't have to wait quite so long for the check in).

Can't wait to see your continuations. I still need to post mine, but like you said this week has been a blur.

Have a great Sunday evening Sparkfriend!

K

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FELIXC 8/29/2010 4:35PM

    Looking forward to part 2!

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NANHBH 8/29/2010 4:27PM

    Bill,

Sounds fun so far! Anxiously awaiting the next installment...

Be well,
Nancy
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LYNNANN43 8/29/2010 4:24PM

    So, so far the event had a grade of a B if we average.

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BOBBYD31 8/29/2010 4:22PM

    ok, just stringing us along are ya. just like a miniseries gotta wait for part 2

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FRUSTRATED TO THE MAXXX!!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Right now I can't even put into words my frustration, but I'll try; here goes.

Last September I was at my lowest weight in my adult life; 255. I'm currently 290'ish. The holidays were rough and I put on a few pounds and didn't think much about it knowing that I always get back on track after January 1st. Shortly after the Jan 1 I started dropping some weight, but not much.

About the beginning of February I started training for my half-marathon and the weight-loss stopped. I was reinforced by my running friends that this was normal; I would even possibly put on some weight due to the training. Of course I put on about 5-7 pounds, but assumed it would drop off after the half; it didn't. Some laziness on my part after the half added a few more pounds, but I righted that ship after a couple weeks and started running and biking. I even added a couple days of light strength training on yoga nights. Still adding a few pounds at this point. During this whole time I've been MOSTLY in control of my eating and still working out, but progressively growing more exhausted and frustrated.

I've tried trimming calories, adding calories, more sleep, adding recovery days, all for naught. My fatigue has gotten to the point where I no longer even do anything in the afternoon but come home and crash. I used to LOVE to workout after work, but no longer. Next to nothing used to keep me off my bike, but no longer.

Last week I decided something has to be amiss and scheduled an appointment with my doctor. During the weekend I was playing the Spark trivia game and one of the questions dealt with Hypothyroidism. After answering I read the brief blurb about the disease. EUREKA! I thought; all of my symptoms pointed to this issue. So I did a little research and felt like a weight had been lifted because I was really starting to feel hopeless (yes, depression is a side effect/symptom) about the whole situation. On Tuesday I say the doc and gave him my symptoms and we both came to the same thought. He ordered a blood draw that they did right in the office. I left thinking "hopefully soon I'll get back to my normal, hard-charging self." Today the results were in; everything in the normal ranges. WTF! emoticon

So, now I'm back to square one. I made an appointment with the ACTUAL doctor (saw his PA) for next Thursday afternoon. Could it be depression? Sure. But, why the weight gain while watching? If I was fluxing between 10 pounds it wouldn't be such an issue, but this is 40 POUNDS.

So this is why the status for today is "more frustrated than EVER!"
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TRIGRAMPS 8/6/2010 12:45PM

    Wow! Just checking in on you and read this! Hope things get better. I'll be praying for you! -Sam

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MEGSOSU 7/30/2010 3:03PM

    Hey Bill. I'm so sorry to hear that you're struggling right now, but I know you'll get to the bottom of this and bounce back! You are such an inspiration to me and I am positive that you'll figure it out and be back and better than ever!!! Stay strong!

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TWICETHEMAN 7/29/2010 1:02PM

    Bill I feel your pain. since I have been training for my half marathon my weigh loss stopped and i seem to be struggling to do the workouts. a runner friend recommend i get back to weight traing a few days a week, i have not done any serious weight stuff since my car accident 15 months ago maybe i should take her advice. it does not help when people tell me i should not lose more. when you lose 100s of pounds your body is in shock for months, years maybe. I fell over and broke into a sweat at work on June 23, a hypoglcemia episode, so my doc checked me over for thyroid issues amoungst others things, he said i need to eat more in the morning. Sometimes success is frustatring and we both are big weight loss winners, but success is not perfect and we have to muddle through these things to get back to moving in the right direction full force. I am here for you brother.

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ARTHURTOM 7/29/2010 8:11AM

    I was getting the same way early last year in the spring after my workouts. Exhausted. I had come to find out I wasn't eating enough and getting enough complex carbohydrate. I can honestly say that since my return to ST on April 19 this year, my energy level has been just about where it was late last summer, although I am still some 50 pounds heavier than I was nearly a year ago.

Here's hoping that your thyroid tests provide you with the answer to get you going in the direction you want to be going in Bill!

Tim

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TIGGER622 7/28/2010 5:49PM

    bill i can totally relate to the doc situation - it is weird to hope for something to be wrong, but atleast then there is something to fix!!!! are you getting enough calories? are you tracking your measurements too? maybe your weight is just shifting to muscle right now? sometimes i feel like it is all for naught too... i hope your doc can get you some answers - keep us posted!!!!

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SEEHOLZ 7/28/2010 1:48PM

    Check your calorie range-- you got to eat more when heavier to loose and then eat a little less as you loose- did you adjust your calories up?
If you cut out too low ( for someone 200 plus lbs, I'd think eating over 2,500 should still have you loose) and do some high rep, lower weights ST... it's important to keep your body's burning ability high!
And, maybe change your workout time to morning? You might still be tired, but you'll be done.. start out with 30 min before work.. once or twice per week and do what you can on the week-ends... and just walk more or something.

I put on 20 lbs over the last 2 yrs and trust me, most of it was not from overeating and my ranges were all normal too--- might be stress related and I'm not kidding. There are times our bodies cannot handle the same amount of load as they used to and we got to learn to respect that.

Good luck!!!

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GIANNA345 7/27/2010 9:40PM

    I've had a tough time with my weight this past year too, and I'm sure that I've gained back 10 or so -- hopefully nothing worse. I saw a nutritionist and found out that the composition of my diet was a little off; I was following the Sparkpeople guidelines, and my nutritionist thought the fat and carbohydrate allowances were a little high for me. I cut them back to the level she recommended, and immediately started losing again.

Unfortunately, I started having orthopedic problems shortly after that as you know, and more or less stopped exercising for a time while I got all that sorted out. By the time my pain problems were under control, I was out of the habit of exercising, my work was stressful and crowding everything out, and then I think I just got a little depressed. Losing someone I thought was a friend didn't help.

Now I am back from vacation, refreshed, and settling back into my routine. I ran today. It felt wonderful. I'm hoping this is the beginning of another good phase.

You could be depressed, but I find that hard to believe given how much regular exercise you get. If you were depressed, I would expect you to be spending more time lying on a couch, and less of it exercising and sending motivational messages to others. You're a great friend to many, you know. Perhaps you have some kind of nutritional imbalance? You have been restricting your food intake for quite a while, and maybe there are some nutrients you're missing. Just a thought. I hope you get some answers real soon. emoticon

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LIMELITESHINES 7/27/2010 5:09PM

    I'm with everyone on the Endo visit. You know how mine turned out. :) Just be careful, eat as clean as you can, drink your water and keep on truckin. It will break. . . I promise.

As we get closer to our correct weight, it gets more and more difficult. Even though we both have a ways to go yet, I think our bodies start to fight it!

Hang in there!

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ISLOBIRDSEEDS 7/26/2010 8:55PM

  Hi Bill Just checking in on you... I am so sorry that you are feeling so badly. emoticon
I didn't see your blog till now. I will keep you in my prayers that they can give you an answer that will be an easy fix to this situation. Hang in there sometimes it takes time to figure out what is going on. I am sure there will be a fix to this that will help to get you and your body back on track! emoticon emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/26/2010 2:57PM

    I'm a little late coming to this post, you've gotten the best advice. Have your M.D. or and Endocrinologist run a full metabolic panel. The blood test they did measures only one part of the thyroid's function. It can be producing the right amount of hormone, but if it is not being converted properly you are still suffering from Hypothyroidism. I have it myself and recognized alot of the symptoms you were mentioning. In fact I need to go in because I've been having the symptoms again and my meds probably need a little tweaking. Keep with it and you'll get to the bottom of the issue.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 7/25/2010 3:41PM

    Being a midlevel provider myself I think the endocrinologist is a good move. I think what ever needs to be done should be based on Bills medical history, a physical exam, and a review of the lab results. I have full confidence Bill and his medical team will get to the bottom of this and develop a plan.



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DJS-DEBBIE 7/23/2010 10:27PM

    I am with everyone else, Bill - make sure you are getting a full metabolic panel done and see a specialist. Reggie has a good point - it doesn't take much to put your systems out of whack!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 7/23/2010 9:28PM

    wow, I am going through the same thing. I'm doing everything right, eating well, exercising consistently 4 to 5 days a week and still gaining weight. Nevermind the mood swings and the fact that my hair is falling out.
I have an appointment with an Endocrinologist on Tuesday, I agree with all the other comments, you should find an Endocrinologist and make an appointment with them.

I hope you can get it figured out soon, I know how emotionally draining it is to be working so hard and getting nothing in return for it.
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JUSTTRIING 7/23/2010 8:08PM

    Hang in there Bill.

Definitely get a second opinion. Make sure they are running all the thyroid test...T3, T4, thyroid antibodies, and not just a TSH.

However, sometimes the body just acts funny. Don't get too discouraged if the testing are all normal. Take that as a good sign that you are healthy in that area. Try to probe your doctor for other reasons.

Continue to do what you know has worked for you in the past. Whatever you do, do NOT get so frustrated that you just throw in the towel and start eating out of control. That is such an easy thing to do.

Keep us posted!

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OHIOBRIE 7/23/2010 7:40PM

    I'm sorry you're having all of these problems. I hope the doctor can help you figure out what's going and get things straightened out. Until then know that we are all here for you!

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MARCHEM 7/23/2010 6:42PM

    I understand your frustration! Hopefully the doctor can figure out what's going on. We're here for you!

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KJS_MOM 7/23/2010 2:07PM

    emoticon emoticonSorry to hear about your situation. I hope the new Dr. will know what to look for and fix it for you.

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KATHYJO56 7/23/2010 2:00PM

    Bill, I think that you do need to see an Endocrinologist. The best one that I know of in Columbus is Dr. Bucci. She has a lab right in her office and she lets no stone go unturned. I really don't think that your problems are your fault. You have done everything right. I would go see a Dr. that you can be comfortable with. The numbers are not always the answer to the problem, but a doctor who is not totally trained in this area inerprets them in the general way that he or she was taught in med. school. I read your blogs and I think that you are a positive and inspirational person. emoticon

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REGGIE2009 7/23/2010 11:01AM

    Bill, I agree with everyone here. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 2 years ago and the symptoms you just described fits the symptoms that I experienced. I did some research on the disease at the time, I was diagnosed and found that sometimes; it is at the doctors discretion whether or not the numbers are in normal range. I found that even if your thyroid levels are just a little off balance. It could cause these symptoms that your experiencing.

Since you have schedule an appointment with another doctor; I would have them check one more time along with taking other test. I know it is frustrating when your doing all the right things and seeing no major difference. That is what I experience time and time again. I am still learning to live with it. I know you will feel better once you get the proper diagnoses. All the best to you my friend.
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DIAMORROW1 7/23/2010 10:44AM

    Don't give up. We ALL are here for you. You have been doing GREAT! See another doctor or specialist. Don't give up!!
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LUVMYK9S 7/23/2010 9:35AM

    I'll go along with the others and would also suggest seeing an endocrinologist. My brother in law has also been suffering from similar issues for the past several months and was diagnosed with a low level of testosterone so a lot of his problems were due to a hormone imbalance. He is also taking medication for depression which was causing some significant side effects.

Doctors aren't God although many think they are, so sometimes they have to keep trying until they come up with an answer. Don't give up, keep pestering them until you find an answer. You KNOW when your body is not acting as it should.

You have made awesome accomplishments and all of your friends here at Spark are pulling for you. We're here for support whenever you need us!


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JMERLAU 7/23/2010 9:26AM

    I buddy - I feel the frustration in your words!!!

I have to agree with Jon - you've lost over 200 lbs, you KNOW how to do this, you KNOW what it takes. Having a conversation with the Dr is a good idea however. There may be some depression trying to take hold for whatever reason, that's a nasty little thing that sort of sneaks up on ya, I've been there.

You my friend WILL get through this and you will start dropping the weight again.

Hang in there!!

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SMALLERSHEEP 7/23/2010 8:20AM

    I saw Tricia suggested that you find out your actual number. Good advice. Keep after the doctor's, hopefully they'll figure something out for you soon.

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SARA_ANN12 7/23/2010 8:16AM

    Man, I feel ya. Going back and forth between a comparable percentage can be so frustrating. I feel like I've lost a little spark (excuse the pun) here lately. I've been amping myself for my half but I know I'm not giving it 100%. I've been decent with food but have a heck of a time turning down pizza.
Hopefully your doc and provide some insight into what's going on- maybe I should do the same. Food for thought, for sure.
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DMBGAL 7/23/2010 7:46AM

    At least your're being proactive about figuring it all out! That's more than what most people do. Depression is a tricky thing that can do sneaky things to your body (I suffer from it, but am now regulated on a anti-depressant). Try not to beat yourself up before you see the doc. Clearly, you're doing everything can at this point so just keep on and see what the professionals have to say. Keep us posted!

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EGRAMMY 7/23/2010 12:26AM

    Dear Bill, Please remember Spark is the home you can come back to. you are on a lifetime journey to good health.

Son asked me on the phone tonight how I had done the past 4 weeks. I told him I didn't want to say cause going to a dinner and music bbq twice next week could change those numbers; but my journey is on going. I hate to think it is so difficult, but it is. Esp for those of us who struggle.

Hope you get some relief in medical diagnosis,, but if not, find a nutrition and fitness routine that will work for you one day at a time.

PS I joined a Spark 5% challenge to vary my spirit. Whatever works to make you healthy. I know I must for DH. And you know you must be around for DD and DW. Failure is not an option. Re dedication is .And over and over. emoticon from an ole gramy who cares about you.

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CALIDREAMER76 7/23/2010 12:04AM

    See the specialist. Don't give up, we are here to support you.
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/22/2010 11:56PM

    You've shed over 200 pounds from your frame. If you can do that, you can beat this.

I have the utmost faith in you, my friend.

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 7/22/2010 11:52PM

    1. I still think you're awesome, because you ARE awesome.
2. Listen to Bobby. He's wicked smart.
3. Don't give up. Don't ever give up.
4. Keep us updated.
5. Don't put your tongue on a metal pole in the middle of winter.

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LYNNANN43 7/22/2010 11:24PM

    I totally agree with Bobby about seeing an endocrinologist.

I pray you get answers soon!!!

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EUGENERUGOSA 7/22/2010 10:34PM

    I am so on the same page with you. I also thought (& still do think) I may have an under active thyroid. My doctor also said I was in normal ranges. However, my fantastic obgyn, said "normal" is variable & if your thyroid used to be high range normal & is now low range normal it could make a big difference. She told me to find out the actual number I tested. It took forever to find out (DOCTORS! emoticon), but mine was a "3". According to my obgyn, anything not a "4" could require some low grade meds. So, once I return from Myrtle Beach at the start of August, my first task is to try & resolve this.

Another thing you may wanna check..your iron level. It can really mess you up if it is low.

I am so sorry you are having a rough time & feeling frustrated. I know from personal experience it is so frustrating when the number on the scale does not cooperate. Try & remember your NSV & that you are a personal inspiration to me & to many, many others.

My fingers are crossed that you get this resolved asap!!!!

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MOM2ALEX2004 7/22/2010 10:31PM

    Bill, if you get an answer, let me know- I'm waiting to see the doc next week to get the results from my full workup, but in 15 years, I've always had normal bloodwork that never seems to answer the questions. Good luck!

Ps- after reading the other comments, I will be asking about an endo- altho I do think they asked for T3 & t4 this time...

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LFLFLPLP 7/22/2010 10:28PM

    I hope you can get to the bottom of this. I know it's got to be beyond frustrating. I've been staying at a constant weight lately no matter what I do, if I eat a lot and don't work out or if I eat good and workout like crazy....just seems to stay the same. It's very frustrating and I'm driving myself nutty by keep trying to change this and that.

It certainly sounds like there is some kind of problem with you. I agree with the others about the endo. Best to see more of a specialist on some things.

Good luck to you. You are still an inspiration and I know you'll get back on track with the weight soon. emoticon

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MEGAMITENCHI 7/22/2010 10:01PM

    I feel you!

A few years back I had a rather epic headache, and went to the doctor. Now I'd had bad headaches, but nothing like this. They did an MRI and found a brain tumor. I had to have eye tests, tons of blood tests. In the end they did nothing, which is good in one way, but I was upset because one possibility was that it could have been secreting hormones, and that is why I gained so much weight in college. But no. I was so upset about the whole thing for many months after. Oh, and nothing about the headaches either :P I got so messed up from the WHOLE thing, that is when I first went on antidepressants, yeah.

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TNLONGHORN 7/22/2010 9:23PM

    Hang in there . . . and make sure they do a full thyroid and lipid panel. You might be in the normal range overall but not on your sub-levels. Also, make sure you know what range they are using to determine "normal." It can vary from lab to lab or even doctor to doctor. Last, your thyroid can fluctuate. Mine does. I can become extremely hyper for awhile and then down to almost hypothyroid and gain a lot of weight. My endocrinologist won't treat for it until I am one way or the other for a year and that hasn't happened yet (even thought it runs in my family). So, you might be in the normal range now, but maybe you weren't during the last few months.

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ETTEZEUS 7/22/2010 9:09PM

    Good luck Bill!! I hope they find some answers for you quickly!

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BUCKEYESKIER 7/22/2010 8:54PM

    I have been told that your thyroid can be misfiring where you will test ok at different times of the day, but it can still be messed up. Definitely ask your dr about it and maybe go see an endocrinologist.

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 7/22/2010 8:24PM

    I agree with BobbyD31, you might want to go to a more specialized Doc for this one.

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BOBBYD31 7/22/2010 8:20PM

    bill you need to see a endocrinologists about your thyroid not your regular physican. this is what anne has and her endocrinologist does more extensive blood work T3 and T4 not just a TSH. the specialist will look at other things to get a better reading for you.

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RANGERRUNNER 7/22/2010 8:06PM

    I'm sure your doctor will want to rule out other things, but I seem to recall that there are instances where the body has all the symptoms of hypothyroid and yet the blood work is normal. I think there is a more refined test they can do and I have heard of instances where the doctor will go ahead and treat a hypothyroid despite what the tests say and see what happens. I hope everything works out OK for you. It IS frustrating to work your tail off and get no where. Keep us updated! emoticon

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Many of you asked, so...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Here's more information about my recent write up.

For the second year in a row I'm participating in Pelotonia; a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer.

Cancer has struck our family from every direction; breast, brain, colon, lung, etc; doing this ISN'T an option in my book. Like many of you, I'm sure, we've lost too many loved ones to cancer. Last year was the inaugural event for Pelotonia, but you never would have known it. Every aspect about the ride was top notch. Last years big draw was 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong; which has had his own issues with cancer. There aren't enough words for me to describe the feeling that I had when finishing the ride; 102 miles later. It was quite emotional to have completed such an event, but to have raised money that ALL went to cancer research.

Fast forward to this year and there was nothing that was keeping me from doing Pelotonia again. This year there is no "celebrity" to draw riders, but there are already 1,100 more riders registered than last year. It's not about having a celebrity draw; it's about challenging life's spirit and putting an end to cancer. Last year I challenged myself by riding 102 miles; marking my first century ride. This year I couldn't 'settle' to ride just 102, so I opted for the 2-day, 180-mile option. This has put me out riding Saturdays and Sundays to train for this event. Nothing worth bragging about is easy and this is no exception. It doesn't matter if you're pushing it to finally walk a mile or doing an ultra-marathon; it all takes work.

I have to send a special thanks out to my family for all of their love and support. From the prayers my mom sends out when she knows I'll be riding hours all alone to my wife (TAMZTIME) doing my household chores so that I can be out training. I maybe doing the riding alone, but I'm always fully supported.

Now we're on to what I was ecstatic about last week; Featured Rider of the Week! I was contacted by a blog writer for Pelotonia. He'd heard my story and wanted to feature me for an article. We set a time and did the interview by phone this past Thursday. I gave a BIG plug for Sparkpeople, but much like my TV interview it was omitted. Sorry Chris, I tried to spread the Spark! Most of you know my story from here, but I'll enclose the link to the article below.

I'm no one special, but I've had success through trial and error. Isn't that what life is all about?

Peace!
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Link to article: www.pelotonia.org/ride/blog.jsp "Alexander the Great, July 20th"
Link to my rider page for more information: www.pelotonia.org/ride/riders_profil
e.jsp?MemberID=1493&SearchStart=0&PAGING

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GIANNA345 7/27/2010 9:43PM

    You are very modest, but you are a truly great guy!

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 7/22/2010 12:26PM

    What An Incredible Blog!!! 180 miles in 2 days.. WOW!!!!!

I loved this part of your blog..

"It's not about having a celebrity draw; it's about challenging life's spirit and putting an end to cancer. "

How can one Not be Inspired by you. You not only made a difference in your life, but now your trying to help make a difference in others lives as well.. Whether it be weight loss, or Cancer... You Are Trying to help Make A Difference..

Stands Up and Gives You A Standing O!!!!!!!!!

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DHSPARK 7/22/2010 7:27AM

    Way to go Bill...that's just awesome! I knew you were special when I met you and your wife at the convention last year. By the way...my sister says "Hi!".

I know what tough training is all about. I trained for a 300 mile in 3 days ride and had 1,000 miles in before the event happened. What a feeling when you cross the finish line! I was on a mountain bike so I only went 50 miles each day but 150 miles in 3 days wasn't chopped liver! My ride was for the Make A Wish foundation.

Love that you put yourself out for something you believe in. I bet it was kinda cool meeting Lance Armstrong last year seeing how your background is clasped hands and the LiveStrong bracelet.

Keep on, keeping on...
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OHIOBRIE 7/21/2010 7:27PM

    Sounds amazing!

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KATHYJO56 7/21/2010 1:48PM

    What a great and inspiring story. You are doing an amazing thing. Thank you on behalf of all of us who have lost loved ones to cancer.

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TIGGER622 7/21/2010 1:43PM

    You are too someone special!!! You are such an inspiration to all of us and such a genuine, warm hearted person, and an amazing athlete to top it off!!! I can't wait to hear all about your 2 day 180 mile trek - you are going to do amazing - so glad you took on the challenge!!! Way to go Bill!!!

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SURCH1 7/21/2010 9:53AM

    Great story!!! You are such a success and inspiration!!

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OSUBUCKI101 7/21/2010 7:23AM

    Can't wait to meet and ride with you! I'm so excited about the Pelotonia experience!

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KJNE8O 7/21/2010 6:32AM

    Bill - you are truly an inspiration - I am honored to know you :) But I already told you that!

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MGRIFFITH32 7/21/2010 12:31AM

    You are amazing.

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HEARTOFCHRIST 7/21/2010 12:26AM

    You certainly are an inspiration and I also pray for a cure for cancer and fast! My BFF has stage 4 lung cancer and we really need a cure this week or next please!

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THEMRSH 7/20/2010 10:19PM

    emoticon article Bill. My husband is a mechanical engineer and his fav tv show is The Big Bang Theory too. emoticon Liked learning more about you and continuing to be inspired by your story. Keep up the amazing path you are riding!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/20/2010 10:16PM

    That's a great thing!!

I'll put a donation in tomorrow.

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EUGENERUGOSA 7/20/2010 10:06PM

    you absolutely are someone special & inspire us all!!!

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JMERLAU 7/20/2010 10:04PM

    I think you're something special Bill!! Thanks for posting this blog and THANKS for riding!!

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CRAZYLIZZIE 7/20/2010 9:55PM

    Bill, that's great! Too bad they omitted spark but hopefully you've inspired others like you've inspired so many of us.

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FELIXC 7/20/2010 9:52PM

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BOBBYD31 7/20/2010 8:40PM

    bill you are such an inspiration, your article was great. best of luck on your ride and be safe.

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LUVMYK9S 7/20/2010 8:22PM

    What you are doing is emoticon
You are truly an inspiration to all and I thank you for sharing your story.

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MIAMIA7 7/20/2010 7:50PM

    And who says you aren't someone special??? Bobby and I certainly think you are! Great interview. It is wonderful when we get to do something we love and help others at the same time. Bobby and I run a local 5k every year that benefits a young school teachers family who lost her battle with cancer. This past year I ran it with the names of my sister and brother in law written on my bib as they were both diagnosed with different cancers within 3 months of each other. Luckily, they are both doing well now. Great job Bill.
Anne

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CHEVY63 7/20/2010 7:46PM

    Great job! I've signed up to volunteer, so maybe I'll see you when you hit Lake Logan. (We have a cabin in the Hocking Hills, so I'll be combining volunteering with a nice evening out in the hills).

Best of luck in your ride.

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TAMZTIME 7/20/2010 7:37PM

    As you know...so very proud of you!
I'll be on the sidelines cheering you on during your ride, bringing up the rear with all your gear, and lastly helping you raise all the money that will go to good use!
Love & Hugs,
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EGRAMMY 7/20/2010 7:13PM

    How many awesomes or wonderfuls can I give you Bill. All of us who ha ve had family struggle wih cancer thank you. All of us who have struggled with weight thank you. AMEN emoticon

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SP_TMETZNER 7/20/2010 7:11PM

    Congrats on the well deserved write up and thanks for your efforts to Spread the Spark -- which, by the way, you are doing every day by being out there living a healthier lifestyle!

SparkCheers!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 7/20/2010 6:45PM

    Great article! (Even if they did omit SP) Who knows how many others may pass it along and you'll help inspire someone else who thinks it can't be done to take the first step toward a new life!

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LAURIE5658 7/20/2010 6:36PM

    Bill, I just finished reading the Pelotonia blog when I saw this blog. I applaud you my Big Ten buddy for all that you have accomplished in order to find the healthy Bill that all know and love. You have an incredible story and thank you so much for sharing it with so many folks. I know there will be those that are inspired after reading about your journey.

Like you, it was cancer that took my loved one that prompted me to start runnng. That in itself makes this journey of ours so special.

You rock!

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Hot Yoga Review...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Many of you asked so, here it is.

Iím on vacation this week and wanted to try something new; hot yoga. Iíve been practicing yoga with the same yogi for just over 2 years and I wanted to practice with someone different. Hot yoga is something that Iíve been wanting to try, but time constraints have kept me from trying it.

I emailed a yogi who offered a class on Sunday morning, so I thought why not. I was able to drop into the class for $15. I arrived not sure what to expect, but whatís life without a little adventure. My usual class is atypical for what most people think of yoga; laughing and talking; not chanting and OMís. I quickly learned that this class would be much the same.

This class was a hot flow type yoga; not Bikram yoga. Bikram is a specific set of poses done in sequence; this was vinyasa (flowing from one pose to the next; almost aerobic) which is what the style that I usually practice, but not heated.

When I arrived the studio was dim with incense burning and some soft music on the stereo. I also noticed the 2 portable heaters which were glowing heating the room to near 115* Fahrenheit; funny since it was almost 95 outside with 90% humidity. The class was packed and a lady actually left due to this issue.

We settled in and the music changed to more of a ďchantingĒ style, but only long enough to center our breathing and forget the outside world for 1.5 hours. Soon the music changed again to some slower music from the 70ís, 80ís & 90ís; not my typical yoga, but a great change of pace. It was also HOT! I brought a hand towel with me to wipe sweat off me, but I quickly learned that this wouldnít work for long. I had to borrow 2 towels from the studio and saturated all three very quickly. Since youíre so warm I noticed how easily it was to move into positions. Iím also noticing it today by how sore my muscles are. Overall it was a great experience and I look forward to finding time in the future again to take another hot yoga class.

Namaste!
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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 7/22/2010 12:30PM

    I'm glad you liked the class.. I can see how it would make muscles easier to move, but that heat.. I just can't tolerate to much heat.. But all in all it does sound quite interesting and very different from the "normal" Yoga's.. Thanks for the insight:)

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SURCH1 7/21/2010 9:56AM

    Thanks for the email you sent out about Hot Yoga. I hope to try it some day. I didn't do so well on the first yoga class I tried... maybe I need to give this one a shot...

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ALIZA77 7/18/2010 8:12AM

    That does not sound fun at all! The lady you saw leaving was probably me.

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JUSTTRIING 7/17/2010 4:33PM

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I might have to consider dropping into the Worthington Class sometime. I saved the info that you emailed to us all.

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CALIDREAMER76 7/8/2010 11:20PM

    I'm still trying to find a yoga class that makes me feel relaxed like people say it does.

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GIANNA345 7/8/2010 9:29PM

    Hm... Maybe I'll try it when the weather is colder. I'm not sure I could handle it right now.

I was in a subway car just yesterday coming home from work. I'm not sure if they had the heat on, or if it was just a lack of air conditioning. It was SO HOT I got out only half way home and waited for the next train. I felt as if I was breathing air out of a hair dryer
My husband had the same experience the day before.

I applaud you for doing it, and I hope the rest of your vacation was equally satisfying.

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LIMELITESHINES 7/8/2010 3:21PM

    I've so wanted to do Hot Yoga and you're only fueling the fire. No pun intended. ok. . . maybe a little. :)

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EGRAMMY 7/8/2010 10:16AM

    Hot weather and hot yoga. Any correlation? emoticon

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ROBINSON_CMR 7/8/2010 8:32AM

    Where did you find this class?

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/1/2010 1:19PM

    I love my yoga, don't know if I could do hot!! Impressive. Speaking of hot a breeze that felt like it came right out of my oven just came through the window...time to shut the house for the day. Congrats for working out on vacay!! Awesome!!

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LFLFLPLP 7/1/2010 10:16AM

    Thanks for sharing that!! Sounds interesting. I'm such a temperature wimp though so I'd probably not make it through the class. I can't stand any extremes in hot or cold.

Glad you enjoyed it!!

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THINWITHIN18 7/1/2010 12:51AM

    I only take restorative yoga which means that we stretch, sometimes fall asleep, stretch some more, and then leave happy and relaxed. I love it. The hot classes intrigue me but not enough to go forth and try them. I guess I'm happy in the rut that I'm in.
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BOBBYD31 6/30/2010 9:48PM

    i would just like to get into yoga.
i'll bet your muscles were a little sore the next day or two. interesting.

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FELIXC 6/30/2010 9:36PM

    I do hot yoga about once a week and I LOVE IT! I do the 26-posture Bikram-style.

People think I'm crazy, but I can't imagine my life without it!

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JMERLAU 6/30/2010 2:22PM

    sounds pretty cool Bill....enjoy your vacation!

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TODDJAMES 6/29/2010 6:40PM

    I am just impressed that you incorporated a workout plan DURING your vacation...WAY TO GO!

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LAURIE5658 6/29/2010 10:11AM

    This was a very interesting review Bill and I have often wondered what hot yoga is like. Sounds like a serious workout!

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LKEITHO 6/29/2010 9:33AM

    Sounds like you could do that on any given day on my back deck right now! 111 degrees here today. Seriously, though, it sounds like a very interesting class, and I salute you for trying new things!

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EUGENERUGOSA 6/29/2010 8:23AM

    you are so cool trying so many new things. Thanks for sharing.

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TIGGER622 6/29/2010 7:40AM

    very cool! i have always been curious about hot yoga! nice!!!

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OHIOBRIE 6/29/2010 6:56AM

    Thanks for the review! Definitely sounds interesting, not sure I'd like it, but glad you enjoyed it!

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KJNE8O 6/29/2010 6:49AM

    Sounds very interesting - Thanks for blogging about it Bill!

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LYNNANN43 6/28/2010 10:21PM

    I SOOOOOOO want to try hot yoga, but can't due to my stupid MS. Thanks for letting me live vicariously!

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Inspirational quote of the day...

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Laughter -- An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable.
~Ambrose Bierce

My Take: LAUGH! Especially if it's at yourself or your situation. Sometimes you think your situation is bad, but look around and you'll realize how your situation may not be that bad as others.

  
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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 7/22/2010 12:34PM

    This was so good I had to share it family on FaceBook:) Loved it!!!

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BRADIA 6/10/2010 8:13PM

    IF YOU CAN FIND A REASON TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF EVERY DAY BEFORE NOON, YOU CAN MAKE SURE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A HAPPY PERSON.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/10/2010 5:50PM

    Made me laugh!!

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KATHYJO56 6/10/2010 5:35PM

    What could be better

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LKEITHO 6/10/2010 9:27AM

    Good one! Gave me a laugh!

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JMERLAU 6/10/2010 7:30AM

    LOVE IT

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GOLDFISHLIZ 6/10/2010 4:31AM

    The best medicine!
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LYNNANN43 6/10/2010 2:19AM

    I love a great laugh! :D

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ISLOBIRDSEEDS 6/9/2010 10:39PM

  Love it! Nothing like a deep belly laugh to make one feel marvelous emoticon

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FELIXC 6/9/2010 10:25PM

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HONORINGGOD 6/9/2010 9:33PM

    it is funnier to laugh at our self then it is to be laughed at.amen emoticon

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LAURIE5658 6/9/2010 8:59PM

    One of the big things we taught our kids was the gift of a sense of humor. Its that humor that will see you through many tough and challenging times.

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