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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Hubby and I were away yesterday and today. A much needed time to ourselves kind of road trip. I have been so busy with new responsibilities at work, and it has shown with more stress at home. Not only have I had a sore back that has sidelined me from my running, my time with hubby had taken a step back. We were arguing and misunderstanding each other like crazy. Stepping back and taking off was his idea, and it was certainly a good one. We are on the same page again, and the roller coaster ride has levelled off for us again. Whew!

But, when I got back home, one of my emails from SparkPeople was there to tell me that I had received enough votes to become a SparkPeople Motivator! Secretly, I have been wanting this for soooooooo long. I went to the Motivator pages, and found mine under "Positive Attitude". I am honoured with this designation and a huge Thank you to everyone who sent in a vote.

What a great end to a fantastic weekend.

And here is a picture of me and my sisters that was taken at the wedding last weekend. We sure had fun getting together again.

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TX_WILDHEART 3/4/2009 8:03PM

    Fiiiinally... FINALLY!! tehehehe. I know how excited you are! Aint it a cool feeling!!!!!!!!!! I'm sooo proud, and really happy that SP listens to its members!

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LILHLFPINT 3/3/2009 3:02AM

    (whoo hoo! congratulations on your motivator nomination. it was well deserved.)

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LILHLFPINT 3/3/2009 3:02AM

    (whoo hoo! congratulations on your motivator nomination. it was well deserved.)

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KAYOTIC 3/2/2009 11:01PM

    Congratulations Cassie! It is certainly well deserved!

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HEALTHY4ME 3/2/2009 7:00AM

    Congrats on being a motivator, I know that you are for me and I always come to read.
Glad you and hubby had a good time. You are right it is often a needed break, and so nice when hubbys suggest it. Just seems that much more special. Good pic too, your sister on the end looks like a friend of mine.
Hope your back is feeling better and you are back on par soon.

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KATRINAKAT23 3/1/2009 10:00PM

  Congratulations on becoming a motivator. You deserve it.

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BOBBYD31 3/1/2009 9:42PM

congrats you are a true motivator and this is well deserved. anne and i are very happy for you and glad this is something you wanted.

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    You are TOTALLY a motivator! Glad you got some much needed encouragement -- and a reminder that we all love you ;0)

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Desk Job

Friday, February 27, 2009

I have been having some issues with my back the past couple of weeks. I went to the Chiropractor on the 18th before our trip to Winnipeg. She adjusted it, and told me that I should be dancing by the wedding on Saturday. I did dance some at the wedding, but it was still fairly sore. Then on the trip home (eight hours), it stiffened right back up again. Then, it got to feeling better, so on Wednesday I decided to go for a short run. It was less than two miles, and I made sure it was one of the slowest runs I've ever done. When it was over, I still felt good, so thought I was on the road to recovery.

Then, I moved wrong at work in the morning, and my back was bad again. So again I went in to the Chiropractor's office, and this time saw a different lady. As she was taking my history, she wrote in big letters on the right hand side of the chart "DESK JOB".

Now, for some reason, that has been bothering me. I told her at the time that I wasn't inactive, and I'm training to run a half-marathon in April (and this sore back sure isn't helping with training schedules). I strength train and ride my bike and occasionally do yoga, as well as walk back and forth to work each day. Still, she didn't cross out that "DESK JOB" comment, and still, I'm finding it offensive.

So now the question is this: Why am I finding it offensive?

It's a true statement.

Has she assumed that I am inactive?

If she did, why do I care so much?

I guess I'll stew on this for a little bit longer and try to figure out why it is bothering me. I'd love to hear if you have an idea on it. Sometimes it is clear from someone else's point of view, while hidden from the owner of the thought.

Or perhaps I just need a new job!!!

Maybe a lumberjack!

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MUNCHIESO 3/4/2009 8:00PM

  Get a big black magic marker and next time you go, blot it out! If they re-write it, tell them you will get another "back adjuster."

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WOODHEAT 3/2/2009 7:22PM

    Runner, Highly active
Hot tub advocate
Great Friend

There! Now I put that up in the right hand corner. Hope you have more fun analysizing that!
Love ya Cass!

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MAUIMA 3/2/2009 11:31AM

These concerns are real and reasonable. I am not a doctor and don't in any way attempt to make diagnosis or recommendation. But...I did work for spine docs...and developed some experience fro my time there.
I guess I believe its critically important to have facts when dealing with reoccuring back pain. Films=facts...its the most important step. And no matter how fit/active a person is, they can experience exacerbation of an injury, if they sit for long periods, or just twisting wrong making a bed in a hurry. And long periods sitting can be 1 hour for a back with an injury...truck drivers can be particularly at risk.

Cassie, please don't worry about what anyone else says...but listen to you...if your pain continues gets some films to get Facts! Sometimes a chiro will help...sometimes it makes an injury more unstable...reality.

And you know there are some facilities who produce better films than others. Look around and ask questions. Considering what level of education is very important. Chiros, Ortho, Neuro, and Spine or certified spine specialists all have vastly different education.

And just because you have gathered facts, doesn't mean you have to do anything...but facts put you in the driver seat instead of someone writing notes based upon a conversation or impression. Facts help the emotional side of pain.

Sorry its acting up again...Degenerative Disk Disease is something that can only be picked up on films and it can present many aggravating symptoms...MRI the best. Who knows...need facts.
I am here for you! I know how you want to be back pain free...and out running!

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KAYOTIC 3/1/2009 4:17PM

    I like the way you are analyzing this, in that I do kind of agree with KatrinaKat, that this likely was not meant to be offensive, and you agree it's a true statement, so why does it bother y ou...hmmmm, are you unhappy with having a "desk job" ? I have a desk job too, but haven't really thought of that as a pejorative term, it's just the reality of my situation (and of millions, perhpaps billions of others world-wide) but it seems to hit a sensitive nerve for you.

I wonder if it's because you come from a family of laborers? Maybe I have that wrong, I know a lot of OP are from agriculture backgrounds, and that is very far from a desk job. If that isn't the case, then I can't really say why you would be sensitive to that phrase.

I hope you gain some insight about this, but remember on the whole, you are active and keep yourself healthy, these things can slow us down, and the desk jobs really don't help matters any! That's why I have to find time to get up frequently and walk around, really don't want to stiffen up, and still, I have giant knots in my neck and back from the "desk job". Then again, I'm still grateful for having a job!

Enjoyed the blog, and the questions you pose, I apologize if my reply was scattered, it just did spark some thoughts for me too!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/28/2009 6:44AM

    Hey move east and you can personal train me!!! same country at least. LOL
Sorry bout your bad back, I hurt my way lower back at work last sat. Got better fairly quickly but vacummed yesterday and now it is sore again. Was the first time it hurt this low. I was laying in bed this am thinking best call chiro again. LOL great minds think alike.
I have anything but a desk job, but know my core muscles are the pits they ae practically non existent so know that is what is wrong with my back.
well gotta scoot hope your back gets better real soon.


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LILHLFPINT 2/28/2009 1:19AM

    (i don't blame you for being bothered by that comment. i would be, too.

it sounds to me like she is quick to judge. maybe she is even jealous of how active you are.

i hope writing this out helped you.)

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KATRINAKAT23 2/27/2009 10:26PM

  She might be thinking that even though you are active when you are not working, you sit for long periods of time at your job.
I hope your back gets better soon. A sore back can make life difficult. emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 2/27/2009 6:19PM

    I hear there's a huge need for personal trainers. I think you'd make an awesome one. Voila! no more desk job. Or do it part-time in addition to your desk job.

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Cross country skiing

Sunday, February 08, 2009

This morning the sun was shining, and it was very close to the freezing mark (-3 C). Perfect conditions for a cross country ski. Two weeks ago, my boots broke, and I got a new pair last weekend when we were in the city. So today was the "break-in" day.

Got going across the meadow towards the trees. Once into the trees, I was out of the wind, and the peace of the trail was incredible. It's so easy to give praise to God out in those conditions.

I was out for an hour, and only came back in because of a small rub on my outer toe. I didn't want to develop a blister, so thought I'd save the longer run for another day. But it felt so good, I didn't want to quit!

Then, bonus time - entered 55 minutes into the SparkPeople fitness tracker for Cross Country Skiing, and it came back with 620 calories. JACKPOT! It burns about the same amount of calories as running.

With this weather we are having, I hope to get out more often!

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TX_WILDHEART 2/18/2009 8:40PM

    WOW.. I'm impressed. I've never seen enuff snow to do anything in like that. Im jealous!
it was a whopping 78 degress here today!


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FOSSILPOINT 2/14/2009 2:29PM

  Hi Cassy,

I love to hear that you are cross country skiing. I love the sport but the temps have been SO cold t his winter to prevent me and the family from truly enyoing this. Even Febee, our little doggie really does not want to go out. The sun is out and the sky is a beautiful blue but those temps are just not that inviting.

I have heard about all kinds of new exercises that Gyneth Paltrow (actress) and many other "stars" are starting with band resistance. Also I watched a hamack exercise with poles - I believe it was called "gymnastics yoga". Could be a nother name. Still have the old tredmill and exercise bike and mountain bike. I like the idea of these new exercises but one does need the room to do this.

Hope you have a great Valentines Day with your family, animals or friends. Take goo care. Jacki

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Last night I took the bull by the horns, and signed myself up for the half marathon at the end of April. Immediately my attitude changed. All of a sudden, my runs have become steps toward a goal instead of workouts.

This morning, I went out for my weekend long run. I ran for one hour and went 4.7 miles. It's a little less distance than the hour I ran in January, but it was cool and windy this morning, so I had my pants that are rated to -40 on. They are very stiff (hence the warmth) so that's why I think it was a bit slower run. When I put them on, I feel like I'm running in a piece of styrofoam.

So cheer me on as I head towards my goal of 13.1 miles. The picture is from last years race in less than ideal conditions. I'm hoping that this year the run will be uneventful, both in illness and in weather!

Here I come....

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JENNADEF810 2/19/2009 10:29PM

    Good Luck!! Have you done one before? I did my first one last weekend in Austin. You can read the whole story in my Mission Impossible Blog. Good Luck!! I worked up to running ten miles and did that three times, then worked up to 12 two weeks before the race. The race went well and won't be my last!! Keep trucking - keep wearing the pants - you'll be faster on race day. Kinda like the weight vests they have now.

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FREEDOMSTAR 2/15/2009 6:46PM

    Thanks for the Inspiration, it makes a difference traing for a race doesnt it?
Its time I sign up for my first 10K in May 3
John- in Toronto emoticon

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HEATHER210364 2/12/2009 11:30PM

    Amazing cuz of mine! -40C rated pants - LOL! Only in Canada!

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LILHLFPINT 2/8/2009 12:46AM

    (whoo hoo! i'm so excited for you.)

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Some winter fun (now we're talking)

Sunday, February 01, 2009


Okay, so it was very windy today, but the temp was not too bad. So we bundled up and went for a little rip on the snowmobiles after lunch. The picture above is of my nephew cresting a hill. He's a bit of a daredevil.

On another wintry note, my cross country ski boots broke last time I tried going out. We were in the city yesterday and bought new boots, and then had to buy new bindings for the skiis. Seems like they don't make the same boots they did 30 years ago. The last time I had to buy new boots, they still had the old models, but no more. Fortunately, the bindings were actually not too bad for price, and hubby installed them when we got home last night. So I'm set to go the next time we have a nice day.

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FREEDOMSTAR 2/15/2009 6:37PM

    Great photo ! It captures the experience
Thanks for sharing

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WOODHEAT 2/9/2009 10:25PM

    Wish I was out there with you! Enjoy!
Life is good!

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NEWCASTLE7B 2/8/2009 10:20AM

    He DEFINITELY is a daredevil....if that were me, I would have been terrified!

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LILHLFPINT 2/6/2009 12:41AM

    (wow, i love the picture of your nephew. he does seem like he might be a daredevil. ::laughs::

snow pictures are so cool looking.)

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