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We are home. You asked for more pictures, so here are some more.

Monday, April 29, 2013

St Andrews CG


Me, Barney and Bitsy at the lake at Camel Lake. Yes, we got caught not having the dogs on a leash. We were the only campers there, so I took a chance.


DW Chris at Camel Lake


Lighthouse at St Marks Wildlife Refuge. We had so much fun here. People boating, crabbing, and generally having a good time. Weather was perfect.


I didn't run on this trail, but it is a good representation of the trails I did run on. Or is that trails on which I ran? I like to use correct grammar, but I fall short. :) Oh, yeah, this was really fun, but it hurt my knees.


Some handsome guy posing so that you can see his RV in the background.



Pelicans begging for scraps at the fish cleaning station. I think this was St Andrews CG



My gorgeous DW on a walking trail at ST Marks Wildlife Refuge





Falling Waters SP. See...I wear my running shirts!




Okay, I'm losing track of what I posted and what I didn't post. So, this will be it. Thanks for all the nice comments and requests for more pictures.

I had a very hard time with AT&T internet connections. I tried many times to blog, and just could not get a connection. But be sure, I was thinking of my Spark Friends. I got some running in, watched what I ate for the most part, but I couldn't resist a few beers and hot dogs. I weighed myself when I got home. I know, I am obsessive, but surprisingly, I did not gain any weight! My funky, change weight from one minute to the next scale said I was okay on the two times I weighed in. Woohoo! Must have been all the extra walking we did.

I would not have posted so many pictures, but a few people asked for more. Probably they were just being nice, but I am a very literal person, if you ask for something, I will try to comply.

Thanks for enjoying my trip with me and have a great day.







  
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MASRITE 4/30/2013 11:56PM

    I loved the pictures, especially the one with the handsome guy showing off his RV!!! Looked like a wonderful trip. So glad you had a great time and even got to get some great runs in. Nice to have a change of scenery. And, glad to have you back.

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CM_GARDNER78 4/30/2013 2:05PM

    LOVE the pictures!!! I wouldn't get to see so many things if it weren't through the eyes of others! :-) My little sheltered life in the UP of Michigan is all I know! :-)

Looks like you guys had so much fun! Thanks for sharing with us...and glad to know you are home! Also - glad to know that the knee won't keep you from running...but take care of it just the same. :-)

Have a great day!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/30/2013 1:36PM

    Great pictures.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/30/2013 12:52PM

    I loved all the pictures! Really gave a good feel to your trip. Looked awesome!

Glad you are home!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/30/2013 10:58AM

    Great pictures

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/30/2013 12:11AM

    I loved all of the pictures!

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LISAINMS 4/29/2013 10:07PM

    Nice trip!

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RUN4FOOD 4/29/2013 9:08PM

    Looks like a good time was had.
Need to rent some sort of camper and take a driving vacation some day soon.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/29/2013 7:19PM

    Looks like a great time was had by all!

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SEABREEZE64 4/29/2013 6:32PM

    I enjoyed following on your fun journey!!!

Now, what?
Back to reality.....

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STRIVERONE 4/29/2013 3:38PM

    It looks like you're both living the good life. I'll be watching for the rest of the pictures.

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NATPLUMMER 4/29/2013 3:36PM

    Fun :-) Welcome home.

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Too many pictures, too little time.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I have lots of pictures, but will only post a few. I didn't remember to take a picture of the forest trail than I ran on. I did 2.5 miles running on soft sand and ruts. Kind of fun, but my knees didn't like it.

St Andrews State Park





This was taken at Buckhorn campsite, where we roughed it. No power or water or any hookups. The little RV is self-contained, so we had everything we needed. DW doesn't care for this type of camping, being out in the forest all alone. But, I love it, so we compromise. :)




Random shot of the National Forest paved road.


Fort Pickens


Fort Pickens Campground site



Chris, Barney and Bitsy at St Marks Wildlife Refuge. The lily pads behind them are in bloom, and gorgeous. The picture is too small to see that.

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/29/2013 2:34PM

    Great pics. Enjoy!!!

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MASRITE 4/29/2013 2:24PM

    Great pics! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time!!

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MARGARITTM 4/29/2013 12:47PM

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LINDAKAY228 4/29/2013 9:59AM

    Such beautiful areas you are exploring. I love camping and being in the forest. My camping is with a tent which I'm sure your wife would not like LOL. But we all have our different tastes. Glad you both are able to compromise so that both of you get to experience the great vacation. Love the pics.

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CM_GARDNER78 4/29/2013 9:44AM

    Loving the pics! Keep 'em coming as you can! Hope your knees recover! Yikes! Keep having fun! How long are you going to be gone? I'm sure you said somewhere......

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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/28/2013 10:40PM

    I sold off our RV before I started my 50 States Half Marathon quest. I now regret that decision. It would have come in handy.


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NWFL59 4/28/2013 7:11PM

    Looks like a great place to visit. Hope the knees are feeling better. Thanks for the pictures! emoticon emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 4/28/2013 7:06PM

    Looks great!!

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SEABREEZE64 4/28/2013 6:46PM

    So much fun! Love those dogs!!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/28/2013 6:45PM

    Nice!

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DARLY55 4/28/2013 4:49PM

    What a beautiful and peaceful trip these pictures show!
I'm sure you had a great time! Thanks for sharing with us!

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RUN4FOOD 4/28/2013 4:14PM

    Looks pretty. Hope you had a good trip.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/28/2013 3:03PM

    Looks fantastic! Enjoy!

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PICKIE98 4/28/2013 2:55PM

    Lucky buggers!! What great trip! We can wait for the pictures,, when yo finally find your way back home!! I live in Michigan, it seems funny to see palm trees in a state park..

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Poor Internet, but here are 2 pictures.

Friday, April 26, 2013

We have a gorgeous site this morning.


Today is day 9 - were moving to a different site later today. We'll still be in Apalachiacola Natl Forest. My Internet connection is snails pace, which makes it difficult to post.

Will be in touch when conditions improve

Make that 3 pics

  
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/27/2013 9:37PM

    Really lovely and so peaceful!

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DALID414 4/27/2013 1:41AM

    Thanks for the post card!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/26/2013 4:07PM

    Beautiful!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/26/2013 2:49PM

    Enjoy yourself with or without the internet!!

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MASRITE 4/26/2013 2:44PM

    Looks so beautiful and peaceful!! Hope you're enjoying!!

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LINDAKAY228 4/26/2013 11:55AM

    Love the pics and wishing I was somewhere like that right now! Have a great time!

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ON2VICTORY 4/26/2013 10:57AM

    beautiful!!!!

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HALFFAST 4/26/2013 10:31AM

    Great pics! Hope you're having a wonderful time!

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NATPLUMMER 4/26/2013 10:20AM

    Wow...very pretty!! Enjoy!

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SEABREEZE64 4/26/2013 10:02AM

    Looks like a great time! Enjoy!!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/26/2013 9:51AM

    Looks wonderful!!!

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KIMPY225 4/26/2013 9:50AM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/26/2013 9:45AM

    Nice!!!!!

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LAURIE5658 4/26/2013 9:35AM

    So gorgeous!!!!

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BUSYBEE37 4/26/2013 9:33AM

    Very Nice!! I'd love to be camping this weekend.

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CM_GARDNER78 4/26/2013 9:09AM

    It IS beautiful!! Jealous!! :-) Hope you are having a wonderful time! Enjoy!!

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West Florida road trip - lots of pictures, and a little commentary.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Left home on Wednesday the 17th. We are working our way north on the west coast of FL heading to the gulf coast.

We stayed 2 days at Manatee State Park.





On to St Georges Island State Park for one night


Beautiful white sand beach. I ran 4 miles on this beach, even though I didn't have my running shorts on. It was really cool, so I ran in jeans.

Our campsite was very secluded - nice and private.


Next day, we went to St Josephs Peninsula State Park, where we stayed for one night.



This campsite was open and visible to all the other campers. Nice neighbors made it very enjoyable.

Another white sandy beach, where we met this fisherman. He reeled in a good sized whiting while we talked. DW and I walked quite a ways on this beach then over to another campsite and back to ours. It felt like about 4 miles. Good exercise and wonderful scenery.

There was a boardwalk which crossed the swamp area, with lots of vegetation and plenty of sawgrass. The white dunes were visible farther away.

Right now we are parked in a Walmart lot and having a couple of slices of Papa John's Pizza for lunch. There is wifi available here, so I thought I'd post some pictures of our trip.
We stopped here because my battery went bad last night. I had been having some trouble with it, but confirmed it was sot this morning, when I checked it and it only showed 10.7 volts. Walmart gave me a pro-rated credit on the new battery, so I got about 55 dollars off the price on the new one.

After I post this blog, we're heading to St Andrews State Park CG for 2 nights, then on to Fort Pickens CG in Gulf Breeze, FL.

Will play it by ear after that, but I tentatively plan to spend some time in Apalachicola Nat'l Forest and Osceola Nat'l Forest as well.

It stinks that I pay every month for 3g connectivity on my iPhone, but seldom can get a signal when camped. Glad I found this wifi spot.

Will try and send some more info and pictures later this week.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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CM_GARDNER78 4/26/2013 8:25AM

    BEAUTIFUL pictures!! How wonderful - I want to spend my retirement in EXACTLY this way!!! Looks like fun! Enjoy the rest of your trip!! :-)

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CHEMCHIC2006 4/23/2013 8:16AM

    What a way to see and experience nature. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more!

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MASRITE 4/23/2013 12:39AM

    Love all the pics. Have a wonderful time!! And, running on the beach? Awesome!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/22/2013 12:50PM

    Looks like a great time

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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2013 11:03AM

    Looks like you are having a great time! I love camping and those areas look so beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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SEABREEZE64 4/22/2013 6:00AM

    What a fun trip. We used to winter (snowbirds) along Alabama's coast and I have great memories of the beach, the fishing, the ocean, and the hiking trails.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/21/2013 10:07PM

    Looks like a great trip!

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LAURIE5658 4/21/2013 8:53PM

    Coming from an RV'ing family I truly appreciate this blog. Thank you, Vic!

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KELSEY54 4/21/2013 8:50PM

    Enjoy your trip, we winter in Destin. We keep planning to go over to Fort Pickens but haven't yet made it. Oh well, maybe next year.
Laura

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LIVINGFREE19 4/21/2013 7:58PM

    Love the pics!

Sounds like a very fun time!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/21/2013 7:52PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! Looks lovely!

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/21/2013 7:43PM

    Thanks for sharing your pics!
I am so jealous. Enjoy, how's the fishing BTW?

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MBSHAZZER 4/21/2013 6:15PM

    Gorgeous photos! Glad you are enjoying!

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NATPLUMMER 4/21/2013 5:27PM

    Looks like you are having a great time.

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KANDOLAKER 4/21/2013 4:57PM

    Looks like a fabulous adventure - thanks for sharing and have fun!!

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STRIVERONE 4/21/2013 4:48PM

    It's great to hear you're just having a good time doing what you want to do.

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DALID414 4/21/2013 2:54PM

    You are SO living the life Vic.
Thanks for the free trip. I'm a traveling wimp, I haven't left California in years!

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Getting Old Is Not For Sissies

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I really need to get serious about shedding my last few pounds.

I work out/ST pretty hard 3 times or so a week, depending on my race schedules. When I have races pending soon, I try to run hard in them, so I need to back off on hard ST, so I have energy for the races. I run usually 3 times a week. Trial and error has shown me that my knees can't take much more. I wish I could run every day like younger folks do.

Right now, I am in weight loss mode, so my calorie intake has gone down. This takes energy from my running -- running hard without substantial carb intake makes my long runs tough and tiring. But this is one of the benefits of not actually being in race training. I don't have to load up or maintain carb intake. I just eat about what I need for the day, and maybe a little extra protein. I'm not going for muscle mass, but more for a toned physique and low body fat.

It is very hard at my age to lose that last few pounds of fat. But, I am determined to do it. It's good for me to make a public statement of intention. Keeps me resolved to the task at hand.

My next scheduled race is the Tallahassee Marathon in November. I would like to be under 145 pounds for that race. My digital scale tells me I am 148 lbs this morning. (old joke: it didn't tell me anything, I had to look at it). But that scale seems flaky, it seems to jump around from one minute to the next. It just gives me a close guess at my weight. And then, depending on water/salt intake you all probably know your own weight can fluctuate wildly. Having said all that, my flaky scale never said 148 before. The lowest I could squeeze out of it previously had been 148.5, so I am losing slowly. Slow is good. I don't want to lose the little bit of hard earned muscle I have.

So that's what I am up to lately. Still trying to get in better shape.

Thanks for reading and have a healthy day.

  
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OWL_20 4/29/2013 7:00PM

    Sounds to me like you are one determined and motivated individual--kind of the up front, here it is type and what you're going to do about it--I like that. Good luck with those pesky pounds, as I get older myself I know how hard it is to lose a few.

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/19/2013 2:59PM

    Keep up th battle! I think that you are amazing!

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IONA72 4/16/2013 5:28PM

    I need your focus, you are doing great I hope it is contagious!! emoticon

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NINJALINDA 4/16/2013 11:55AM

    I needed to read your blog to inspire me to get my butt in gear & lose the weight I need to. You're doing GREAT! (Can you pull or push me along with you?)

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/16/2013 11:50AM

    You will make it to your goal


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FANGFACEKITTY 4/15/2013 3:05PM

    I'm a sissy so I refuse to get old lol!

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LINDAKAY228 4/15/2013 11:34AM

    You are doing awesome. Getting older really does affect us but doesn't have to stop us. We just need to adjust our plans and goals a little and keep chasing those dreams!

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PMRUNNER 4/15/2013 3:55AM

    Good luck! You can do it if you keep focused.

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ROXYZMOM 4/15/2013 12:12AM

    If you put your mind to it, you will do it. You are one of the
most determined Sparkfriends I know!

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MASRITE 4/14/2013 3:25PM

    Those last few lbs are always the hardest, no matter what age you are. But, you're doing it. And, I believe by the time you run your next marathon (you crazy man, you!!), you'll be at your goal weight.

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DORAL33178 4/14/2013 10:18AM

    Oh, you are almost there! That is the way to do it though...slow and steady. I have a feeling you spark friends will be giving you a virtual party really soon.

Keep moving! ;)



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MAGGIE101857 4/14/2013 7:38AM

    When you figure out the magic formula, please let us know! It's just not as simple as calories in, calories out as we age! Fortunately we are wise enough to know that it's a process - no fad diets, just hard work and lots of tweaking! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/14/2013 7:27AM

    That's the spirit. Go after those last few pounds! I've become too complacent at the top of my maintenance race. A bit of cushion would be good, and not the cushion for my rear end.

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NWFL59 4/13/2013 9:27PM

    Sounds good to me. Glad you're staying on track and that your knees are hanging in there too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 4/13/2013 7:22PM

    I hear ya' on losing fat% when older.

Hey, you are just a little guy... only 148 pounds.

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DALID414 4/13/2013 5:16PM

    Thanks for the 'old joke' laugh emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 4/13/2013 4:52PM

    I love how aware you are of what you need! I hope I even have 1/4 of the knowledge and wisdom you do when I am your age! Keep up the great work! I think you are doing fabulous!! :-)

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BIGPAWSUP 4/13/2013 4:42PM

    You stay healthy and keep going. I have faith in you are your ability! You are going to get rid of those last few pounds and be awesome.

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PMFISH 4/13/2013 12:33PM

    You are right about old age not being for sissies, but it helps if we learn all the tricks that make it easier. I am not a runner and have never had knee problems, but both of my children have had to deal with them for years. My daughter is a massage therapist and personal trainer and has rehabbed her knees and went back to running. She also does kinesio taping and it has helped her knees. You are right the older we get the harder it is to lose the last 10 pounds. Keep up the good work and you will prevail.

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2013 11:33AM

    Now that you have put it out there, you will do it :-)

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MSSHERRY4 4/13/2013 11:17AM

    Without a doubt, your doing awesome! Numbers are just objects. They do not define the person,only if you let it.

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KARRENLYNN 4/13/2013 10:49AM

    Good luck in your upcoming race and just take the goals one choice at a time!


You can do it!

Karen emoticon

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STRIVERONE 4/13/2013 10:07AM

    When I started trying to get healthy again, my doctor and I set a goal weight of 175. That still does not give me a technically healthy BMI. Since I reached that goal, I have been bouncing around it within 5 lbs. with a brief foray down to 165.

I do have a hitherto undocumented goal of 150 lbs. and this SparkBlog entry is inspiring me to memorialize it. I'm going to reset my goals, adjust my nutrition, and put up a ticker. That's going to knock me out of "at goal and maintaining", but I'm not proud. Thanks for the kick.

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KANDOLAKER 4/13/2013 9:51AM

    With your determination and motivation - I know you will be there well before your November race! You are a true inspiration of how to make things happen. And, you are opposite of a sissy! You go!! emoticon

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KKKAREN 4/13/2013 9:04AM

    You're working hard, a little more time and that weight will come off. It sucks getting old, but what is the alternative?

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1935MARY 4/13/2013 9:01AM

    Awesome. You are doing it right. It is hard to loss weight when you are older, but as long as we don't give up ,we can do it. Have a great day. You will be ready for the race.

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JODROX 4/13/2013 8:59AM

    You're so close! Keep at it and you can do it!

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WONDERWOMAN 4/13/2013 8:55AM

    I have no doubt you will be successful. I have similar goals and challenges this summer...unfortinately with injury added in preventing running right now. May we both race strong and healthy in November!

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AUNTWILLIE 4/13/2013 8:45AM

    Looks to me like you're doing great!
You have a lot to be proud of. emoticon

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