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ARRRRGH We There Yet? - The Flying Pirate Half Marathon

Saturday, May 05, 2012

OK, so I'm doing these out of order. The previous blog was about the Country Music 1/2 in Nashville. A week earlier, I headed for the Outer Banks

to do the First Flight 5k and then the Flying Pirate Half Marathon.

I hadn't been in North Carolina since 2010, and as much as I had enjoyed flirting with the exceptionally handsome honey-voiced state trooper who'd pulled me over for speeding, I tried to obey all traffic rules this time around. emoticon

I juuuuust made the expo before it closed and grabbed my bib numbers and swag before jaunting up to Duck, NC to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

(That's Nags Head, on the way to Duck.)

Saturday was warm and sunny - not a cloud in the sky. I cheerfully sauntered my way to a shiny medal in the 5K and then returned to my hotel to shower, change and enjoy the sites. A word about the "hotel" ...

I knew I was getting a deal on, but there's usually a reason when a place is cheap. emoticon At first, I was psyched to discover that it's actually a time share, and I had a one-bedroom flat. However, the "kitchen" was missing a stove and a refrigerator! I could have lived without the former, but the latter rather defeats the purpose. So when I returned from the 5K, I rang the font office and mentioned that there was a gaping hole where there ought to have been a fridge and could they please fix it.

WELL -- the woman tartly informed me that a kitchen doesn't necessarily guarantee a fridge. emoticon Umm .. sure. If you're AMISH! Of COURSE a kitchen has a fridge! Doy. She also informed me that I was going to have to pack up and move the next morning because it was week to week, and people had reserved that place. She seemed to think I was odd to find her request peculiar and somewhat offensive. Why couldn't they have told me that up front? It was 2 in the afternoon. Had I not called them, when were they planning to let me know??

I told her I was racing the next morning, so I was going to need to move a day early. It worked in my favor, because I was on the third floor (walk up, no lifts) and the new place was on the ground level, so fewer stairs after the race. Also, the new place was much bigger AND had a jacuzzi tub in the bedroom. SWEET!

I packed, moved, and unpacked. Then I went out for "linner" to get to bed early for the race. I found a seafood buffet and was up to my elbows in fake butter, sucking with unseemly enthusiasm on a crab leg when the nice waitress, who had already showed me - twice - how to crack the blasted things open, conversationally said it was a shame the big storm was coming in.


It was?! The sky looked fine to me.

Oh yes, she assured me. It was rolling in overnight, and it was going to be miserable the next day.

She wasn't kidding. It came down in thick sheets. It looked like that Hollywood rain you see in movies that's so heavy, you think it looks fake. I had my wipers on high the whole way. I drove past the start to the finish and parked there, queuing to shuttle back to the start. I was drenched to saturation just waiting for the shuttles, and I assumed that it couldn't get worse.

I'm kidding. It didn't get that bad.

But it did get THIS bad:

I knew the course had been changed somewhat from previous years, but I did not realize that much of it was going to be trails ... which became muddy and pot-holed. I gamely plodded along. My sneakers squelched with each step. They said that they would call the race if there was lightning, and about halfway through the ordeal, I did find myself wishing ....

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What! You weren't there! It was bloody miserable!

I was (of course) near the back of this soggy parade. Some of the (smarter) people dropped out and presumably caught rides to the party in Pirates Quay at the end. For a time, I was dead last, and this incredibly annoying man motored along in the LOUDEST buggy I've ever heard. I mean, c'mon - if I'm going to be last, at least let me trudge along in peace and QUIET! I finally turned on him and faux politely waved him on. Oh no, he explained. He wasn't allowed to pass me. I told him to turn off his buggy, chill a few minutes and then come check on me. He wasn't happy, but thankfully (schadenfreude, anyone?) a poor man fell behind (Don't feel too sorry for him - stay tuned) lagged quite a ways back, and then a few others did, too, and pretty soon, I could no longer hear Mr. Chinese Motor Torture.

The volunteers were strangely enthusiastic during the ordeal, God love them. I tried to muster up the same, not always succeeding, but at least I remembered to thank them. I formed a nasty set of blisters, which I cheekily took photos of later, but I haven't uploaded my photos from that card yet, so you're spared the unpleasant sight. I pretty much minced along a muddy, sometimes flooded trail in the woods for the final three miles.

Do I look happy?

I was super annoyed when I saw the chap who'd fallen so far behind get driven up to where I was and dropped off. Hello? Cheat much? (See, that's why you oughtn't have had any sympathy for him earlier!)

I finished. I was hypothermic and a little disoriented. I knew I had parked one lot over form the finish, but the finish was supposed to be a shopping center, and this was the YMCA, which, by the way, wouldn't even let us in! I was so sodding wet that I almost sat down in their parking lot and relieved myself, but thankfully, someone opened the door, and I scooted in past the astonished receptionist. I think she wanted to say something, but I looked so wretched and fierce that I frightened her, and she let me pass without comment. Trailing water, I found the ladies, where my sweatpants puddled pools of water on the floor as I made a puddle of a different nature in the appropriate place.

I decided I'd live .... but just barely.

There wasn't much of an after-race affair, but the nice folks offered us eggs on biscuits, wrapped in foil to keep warm. Mine was tepid, but it was heavenly! I ate it standing on theYMCA porch with another woman who looked as bedraggled and forlorn as I did. Once I ate, I felt reason returning and realised that I needed to get out of my wet clothes. I asked the woman if she was ok, as she had the same glazed look in her eyes that I'd had before wolfing down the biscuit.

She was waiting for her husband, but he hadn't come, and she didn't have a phone. I handed her mine. She couldn't reach him. I offered her a ride, but she seemed a little nervous about accepting, even though she lived in Duck, where I was heading.

I limped across the parking lot and then across the next parking lot to get to the one in which I'd parked some six hours earlier. The lot had flooded, and I had to wade through ankle deep water to reach my car. The phone rang. It was the missing hubby,who politely identified himself in a way I found utterly charming, and I told him where to locate his poor wife. I put my thermal wrap on the seat to keep it dry and began working my way back to the hotel.

Right before I got "home", I saw Duck Donuts and without even thinking, I pulled in. When I got out of the car, I emptied the pool of water that had formed on the wrap, limped inside the shop, and was greeted by a divine aroma. emoticon I bought two doughnuts, drove back to the flat, limped in, stripped off, and ran the jacuzzi.

And panicked. The handles disintegrated in my hands! It was crazy. I couldn't turn off the water!! I tried several things and then pulled the plug so at least it wouldn't overflow, called the front desk, and pulled on enough clothes to be decent for the (very nice and very nice looking) maintenance man who showed up.

He eventually fixed it. The whole time we were chatting, we could hear the piercingly loud alarm clock next door. Mr. Handsome Fix-It looked at me questioningly, and I commented to him that I was glad I was only there to race and not for anything romantic because the walls were way too thin. He stopped what he was doing and gave me a funny look. Then I added that I had clearly heard the folks next door fighting the night before, and I sure hoped there wasn't a body lying over there. emoticon

"Great" he responded. "Now I have to go over there and look."

"Would you mind turning off the alarm while you're there?"

He laughed. And he did! Thanks, Mr. Handsome Fix-It!

I ate the doughnuts while lounging in the jacuzzi. Does it get any better?

I ended up with three (count 'em!) medals: one for the 5k, one for the Flying Pirate, and a third one for doing them both in the same weekend!

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ENDUROVET 5/20/2012 10:17PM

    Very late w/my congratulations, but great job me matey!!!
I have been so depressed & demoralized, I haven't scouted out any future half's since my GF Karen backed out of our NM plans in April...
But I'm serious about doing another one, maybe over Labor Day weekend? That would get my training interval about right...

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RAVEN1025 5/20/2012 3:08AM

    My, my, what an adventure! I am sure the Jacuzzi felt heavenly after all that!!
Congrats on another race down, and more BLING!

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DISPATCHER04 5/16/2012 10:02AM

    Cathoney, you have the most entertaining blog! :D Thoroughly enjoyed your adventures. :) One of these days I'm gonna run a medal race. ;)

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    I thought I might enjoy a pirate race until I read about yours. LOL. I do love the medals though. Congratulations!

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SUETINGE 5/8/2012 6:17PM

    I'm so glad to see you're able to race (and collect your bling emoticon) again!

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BUSYMOM911 5/7/2012 1:15AM

    Glad you saved this race adventure until you had the time to give it the attention it deserved. I know this really happened to you, but it is so funny. (I think you made up the whole thing just to entertain us. LOL)

This race seems to have been billed in error. It really was a mud race. You know, Cat, that nothing 'average' happens to you. You should be expecting the extraordinary.

After all, that's what YOU are!
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MSEMBERSTORM 5/6/2012 7:32PM

    I so love the way you write and tell of your adventures!!!! You are amazing. Congrats on your accomplishments! You so rock!

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MDMNINA 5/6/2012 1:04PM

    You are such a world traveler for you runs! Please be sure to let me know the next time you come down my way! There must be a WDW run that you want to do!

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DISPATCH91 5/6/2012 12:44PM

    Cat love your blog and the pictures. So proud of you girl. You are determined lady.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 5/6/2012 9:59AM

    ooo nice bling!! now, you asked a question, so i'm going to asked if sitting in a jacuzzi eating donuts got any better...YES!! you should have asked mr handsome jacuzzi ficer to join you!!! emoticon
and hey..did room # 2 have a fridge?

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ROBYNLN 5/6/2012 8:16AM

    Great race report! You def EARNED those medals. emoticon The Flying Pirate was already on my bucket list. If you don't mind telling me which rental agency you used, so I know to use another. emoticon

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HEIDI-25 5/6/2012 7:51AM

    Wow is all I can say!!

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 1:36AM

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VERY WELL DONE!! Way to perservere through such horrid conditions!! You are amazing and should be very proud of yourself -proabably the hardest earned bling you will ever get!
After the blisters heal, and the deep cold goes away, you will be able to savor your victory more -job well done!!
You rock Cat!!

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IRISHMUM3 5/6/2012 12:29AM

    Wow! You are definitely tougher than I am. Congrats on that set of medals - well earned!

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DEBULACLARK 5/5/2012 11:47PM

    Arrrgh!!! Cat! I love living vicariously through your adventures!!!!! So proud of you as usual!!!

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EMSSBEARS 5/5/2012 11:43PM

    WOW you went above and beyond on this one. I am so proud of you. You really went thru ever possible obstacle and opportunity to give up and still kept on going - congratulations for trudging thru the elements. emoticon

I must say you earned those those medals. But I'm with you on the first room - I would expect any room called a kitchen nowadays (and most hotel rooms for that matter) to have a refrigerator of some sorts.

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Left, right, breathe. Left, right, pray!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My friend and I met up in Nashville to do the Country Music Half Marathon. She loves country music, and this is her favorite race. I tolerate some country music in small doses, but - as everyone knows - I'm a complete bling ho' and it's always more fun to race with a buddy.

The hotel offers a shuttle from the airport. I called, and a nice man picked me up. We got to chatting, and I just adored his Tennessee accent. I told him about my trip to North Carolina and how the honeyed words of the state trooper were so delightful that they took the sting out of being pulled over for speeding. emoticon

We got on so well that I even convinced him to go through the Arby's drive through so I could grab lunch! hee hee hee Every time I've seen him since, he's referred to me as "Speedy"! I told him that I'm only fast in my car!

After the expo, we visited the Grand Ol' Opry. Keith Urban just played there, and I recognized a few of the artists scheduled to appear in coming weeks. It was fun to wander around, soaking up the atmosphere.

And then in case that wasn't enough culture, we visited Cooter's Garage. YES! THAT Cooter! WA ha ha ha!

We raced today. Up at 4. Out the door at 5. Stuck in traffic at 6. Race started at 7. I crossed the start line at about 7:40. There were a bejillion hills, and they all seemed to be going up! I really struggled - this wasn't my best race. Nashville is an attractive town, and much of the race meandered through neighborhoods, where people set up tents in their yards, tables filled with goodies, and leisurely sipped drinks whilst watching us shuffle past. There were 30,000+ runners, and I was definitely near the back by the time I finished at 3:58.

It was way too hot for me. The temperature broke 80 before I finished, and it was intensely sunny. A woman near me keeled over and complained of "heart trouble". I couldn't see any medics or police nearby, so I jogged back to some Team in Training coaches I'd seen a few blocks back and told them what happened. They were great about calling the race people and running back with me to stay with her. I hope she was ok.

Despite my difficulties, there were some fun moments. A woman was "pole dancing" with a stop sign until a female police offier escorted her away from the course. Little kids cheerfully offered to turn their garden hoses on us, and a charity organization HULA HOOPED their way through a half marathon! The ladies - literally - walked and hula hooped - the entire way! Amazing.

I'm gimpy with blood blisters. My friend finished faster and with no adverse effects, so she's going to the concert this evening without me. I'm cooked! I'm in the hotel, watching "return of the King" on the telly, icing joints, despairing over my sunburn and admiring the newest addition to my bling collection. emoticon

(Mine's in the center - SWEET!)

13.1 miles, 29000 steps, 3087 calories burned, four new blisters - and one gorgeous medal!

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RAVEN1025 5/20/2012 3:02AM

    Congrats on the finish and a delightful addition to your bling collection!!

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50FITNFUN 5/6/2012 9:36AM

    Oh, Cat! I am in tears emoticon emoticonfrom laughing so hard! North Carolina seems to be a constant "state of experience" for you. I loved your recap and the photos...although I am slightly disappointed at the lack of photo of Handsome Mr. Fix-It.
emoticonon earning all 3 medals! You certainly did work hard to get them. I can't wait to be sharing the Philly R-N-R with you this September. Races are so much more fun when you are in the mix! emoticon

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    I really enjoyed reading about this. it sounded like a totally cool trip. I love Nashville, even though I'm not a huge country music fan. I hope that lady was okay too. You were great to help her. Loved the pole dancing, hosings, and your medal. Congratulations!!

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DISPATCHER04 5/4/2012 6:40PM

    Cat, that's AWESOME! :) I'd love to run a half marathon. :) That's some pretty bling you got there. :)

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ALICIALYNNE 5/4/2012 8:00AM

    I know I'm late, but just now read this. Next time you're in Nashville, visit the Frist museum! You want culture, there's your culture emoticon.
Congrats on finishing the race, and with such a good time!

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EMSSBEARS 5/3/2012 12:42AM

    Well I think you should have gotten some kind of rescue medal to for going back and helping the lady not only going back to check on her, but running back to get help then running back further to get help, then running forward to stay with her, then running on to finish the race no wonder your friend finished the race first- she didn't have near as fat to race as you did-lol. I am so proud of you.


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DOTSLADY 5/2/2012 2:46PM

    How DO you do it?! You and Timex ...
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NANALD 5/1/2012 5:59PM

    emoticon Congratulations!!!! You are awesome and I love the bling! You deserve all the bling you can get! Thanks for sharing your adventure and I am glad you found time for some fun along the way. Are you going to give the hula hoop a try too? emoticon

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WESTIEGAL1 5/1/2012 4:50PM

    yay for you!!! Congratulations for finishing!!! emoticon Special kudos for going back to help the lady with heart problems. You are a guardian angel. Great job! emoticon emoticon

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MDMNINA 4/30/2012 2:34PM

    Yes, I know you are addicted to your bling. I wonder if I will be that way after the Tower of Terror Ten Mile!

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    congrats cat, you are totally awesome!!!! the race is even more awesome since i know you ran 2 last weekend and already had blisters on your feet. i don't see how you do it but i'm glad you have found the determination to keep going.

i am so glad you like our accents and you can't beat southern hospitality....... now you know what i sound like here in tuscaloosa, alabama !!!

your bling is great but i think you deserve another medal for going back to help your fellow runner........ you may have saved her life. i'm sure she would love to know who you were and thank you. you are an incredible person and she would be honored to meet you!!!
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also i love the dukes of hazzard too !!!!!!!!

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FLORIDAFAN 4/30/2012 6:46AM

    WTG! Cat! Keep that bling collection growing

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CJBAGGINS 4/30/2012 12:58AM

    "A woman" was pole-dancing with a stop sign. 'Fess up - that was you, wasn't it?

You and poles, Cat, I tell you ... And you thought you only had a bling addiction.


Sorry about the blisters. That sucks. But emoticon on the finishing and getting that bling. Fantastic!

And what a wonderful thing you did getting help for that woman. that's hero material right there ...


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DEBULACLARK 4/29/2012 11:39PM

    YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!!! You never cease to amaze me!!!! Keep inspiring us Cat! We all need it!!!

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SIXFULLERS 4/29/2012 10:06PM

    Amazing Cat. You are simply amazing!

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/29/2012 5:22PM

    Congrats on the new bling! Glad you are doing good!

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JULIE_MAY 4/29/2012 12:39AM

    You are truly amazing! Not to mention my new role model. I always thought I was too old to earn any "bling" on my own merits - I've contented myself with admiring my daughter's loads of dance medals. Now I want some of those for myself! I will continue to visit your blog for motivation and inspiration.

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ROBYNLN 4/29/2012 12:08AM

    WTG! You perservered and conquered the race. CONGRATULATIONS! Emjoy your bling.

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_LINDA 4/28/2012 10:36PM

    You are amazing!! That is fantastic to finish a race under those conditions! Being from the frozen north, I would simply MELT if I tried a race in heat like that lol.
Very sorry about the blisters :(( -please invest in some good quality sweat wicking seamless socks for your next race -your feet will thank you. A spark buddy of mine recently took the plunge before her next race -will be interesting to see how she fairs with her new high tech socks in it.
I simply cannot picture or even imagine people hula hooping through a race that long! emoticon emoticon
Enjoy your well deserved bling!
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ENDUROVET 4/28/2012 9:01PM

    Great job! I was a little disappointed but not unduly surprised that my new junior rider trainee (my groomer's 13-yr old stepdaughter) was not up to doing a full 50 mi today, esp when weather has suddenly switched to summer heat...
So we only got 25 mi in, but it was all good.

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AMUNET_RA 4/28/2012 8:58PM

    Mild-mannered Cat dons her cape and does it again! emoticon

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50FITNFUN 4/28/2012 8:33PM Marie Osmond, you're a little bit country after all! emoticon Cat! Congrats on earning yet another fabulous medal. While it would be ever so lovely to have had a stellar finishing time, you overcame sweltering sun and painful blisters, a hilly course and backtracked a few blocks to get help for a fallen racer in distress. You persevered. You finished. You are a winner! emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/28/2012 7:40PM

    You are so my hero!!!! I am so darn proud of y'all ah cood jus' sca-re-um!!!
You got a ticket? for speeding? hmm..was the cop cute?
ice and elevate my friend!!!! hopefully you feel better soon!!!!
and um..i've met Keith Urban. back in 2000. hes still as hot as a race in nashville!!!
Wish i could be there with you..but i can be bursting with pride and bragging from here!!!

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IRISHMUM3 4/28/2012 6:58PM

    I agree with Marathondad - Congrats on doing it!

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MARATHONDAD 4/28/2012 6:29PM

    the time doesnt matter all that matters is you finished

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Hot Totties Rock - Cat's Perspective

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

My spark buddy Beth and I signed up to do the Virginia Beach 1/2 marathon relay this past weekend. You can check out her blog here:

And yes, the cheesy grinned moron on her background page is none other than moi. All I can say in my defense is that it was quite warm, I'd just worked hard, and I'm wearing my first new bling in ages! WOOT!

As many of you know, I destroyed my knee at the beginning of the year, came to America for surgery and have been lingering ever since. After almost a year on the sidelines, it felt absolutely brilliant to get back into it. So the saga begins ...

On Saturday, I rented a car and drove to Virginia Beach. Sadly, the whole rest of the world decided to drive, too. Not wanting to miss the fun, Mother Nature opened up the skies, only encouraging more poor form from frustrated motorists. The three-hour drive took over seven hours, including my accident. Yes, I rear-ended someone. ... and not in a good way. emoticon Bad Cat! He wasn't hurt, thank goodness. I have some cuts and bruises, including one on my forehead that I can't quite explain. We were in gridlocked traffic. I wasn't going fast, and somehow, I managed to do a real number on the car - a craptacular little Chevy malibu with uncomfortable seats and awful wheel alignment. Oh, and now a bashed in front fender. Oops.

I found the hotel, the expo, Beth and her DH, put the accident behind me, and focused on my first race since the God-awful nightmare in Walt Disneyworld in January. This was my first ever relay, and it was definitely an experience.

3 a.m. Wake up
4 a.m. Ready to go. The shuttles begin running at 4 and end at 6. decide not to wait until last minute.
4:10 a.m. Head out to shuttle. Discover that drivers have no clue where they're supposed to be going or that they're supposed to be - in fact - shuttles. Sit on super ultra "nipplingly" cold air-conditioned bus, wishing the nice lady bus driver wasn't menopausal until 4:50, when the drivers finally figure out where they're going.
5:00 a.m. Arrive. No racers. Volunteers milling confusedly. No one know the bag check is. People, "bag check" is a FLEET of UPS trucks that collect our things and drive them to the finish line. They're fairly hard to miss. Find bag check. I'm the first person to check my bag. This has never happened to me before.
5:15 a.m. Find shuttle to relay point. The relay shuttles are supposed to run until 6, but they just cram us all into one shuttle and go.
5:30 a.m - Still going.
5:45 a.m. - Still going. The driver asks us if we know where the drop off is. Since we're only supposed to have traveled seven miles, I'm concerned that we've been tootling hither and yon for almost 30 minutes. Eventually, our driver decides that we should be on some military base, a decision the armed sentry most vigorously protests.

"Sir! You MUST leave these premises!'
"But I'm here for the race."
"Sir! There is no race here. You MUST leave the premises!"
"I've got the people for the race."
"Sir! Turn around!"
"So this isn't where we should go for the race?"

Yikes. Eventually, mensa member bus driver realised that he should not have driven through the cones blocking the road, the police office standing at the intersection blocking aforementioned road, and police cruiser blocking the same said road, to access a secure military facility. Give this man a gold star.

5:50 a.m.We were dropped off at the correct place and had a long walk to the relay point. A lot of smart people nipped into the McDonalds for coffee, breakfast, and a place to sit. Stupidly, I walked all the way to the place and sat on the ground for three hours until it was my turn to race.

This is the tricky part of relaying. I was fired up to race when I got up, but by 9 o'clock, my hips were whinging, my knee wanted me to reconsider, my tummy was ready for I don't even know what - lunch, I guess. The sun was up full, it was warm, and NOW it was time to race.

Well, once they announced that the first Hot Tottie team member was on her way in, I revved right up. Beth looked great. I could tell she was tired, but the cheerleaders on the side of the road gave her a warm welcome, and she finished strong. She averaged 30 seconds faster per mile than she'd expected, and we were in great shape for the second leg.

I have only recently started walking again. The most I'd trained was six miles, and at a 21:00 minute per mile pace, so I was worried. I did the first two miles in under thirty minutes, but the knee was screaming, so I slowed down and just enjoyed it as a walk. I ended up averaging 17:30 per mile, so it was still a big improvement over my training pace.

Along the way, I saw Elvis, Beaker from the Muppets, a Super Family, a devil, and other odd assortments of fun runners. I saw an older man struggling a bit and walked a few miles with him. He looked to be about 70 and we got to chatting. He does the big Goofy race at Disney every year and is their race administrator for Facebook. I told him my story about how I was treated, and he was incensed. Hopefully that will never happen to anyone else. I met several people doing their very first race and many wonderful charity racers.

"Fitty" and her DH were waiting for me at the finish line. I trudged through the end of race tents and then back to the hotel. Being part of the Rock N Roll race series, we had a concert on the beach to look forward to in the evening, including headliner Bret Michaels

Whilst waiting for Beth, I chatted up a nice man who gave me VIP passes for the concert! Sweet! Unfortunately, getting up so early doesn't leave much in reserve for evening entertainment, and after an hour or so, Beth was cooked, and I wasn't keen to sit there by myself. Luckily for me, my hotel was a mere five blocks from the concert, so of COURSE I could hear it clearly. I sat in the outdoor hotel hot tub, watched the stars, and listened to Bret Michaels wail away. Great show, and a sweet ending to the weekend.

Stay tuned, because the Hot Totties are reuniting in January at Walt Disneyworld to do the Chip and Dale marathon relay. I can't wait!

~ Chip

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JUDICAT63 1/18/2012 5:57AM

    Well done you! You are amazing you DO KNOW THAT don't you? You bash anything that tries to stop you on your way to where you want to go - I am so thankful that you are my friend! emoticon emoticon

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You are both such incredible women and I am soooo proud of you both emoticon You are SOOOOO Amazing!!!!!

UGH on the accident but way to go on making it a fantastic weekend regardless !! I hope your cuts and bruises are healing quickly emoticon

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ESBELL 9/14/2011 11:34AM

    You are such a hero to me - finishing races with such strength & pride. I hope one day to grow up to be as amazing YOU!

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BRAVAH 9/13/2011 9:22AM

    Hi Chip!

I had typed out a huge and lovely response and clicked post - not realizing my stupid internet connection had timed out. I don't have time to write it all again, but wanted to tell you how awesome I think you are!!!!! Woohoo! Great job in the race! And thanks for the great story!


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DANIMITE2 9/11/2011 7:55PM

    Got all teary...soooo proud of you my friend!

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DOTSLADY 9/9/2011 10:50PM

    How DO you DO it!? emoticon You amaze and delight ... you inspire me woman.

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DISPATCHER04 9/8/2011 2:53PM

    Very cool, Cat! :)

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/7/2011 5:45PM

    Wow! Sounds like an interesting time was had. Glad the ending was better than the beginning. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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DEBULACLARK 9/7/2011 5:14PM

    Another adventure for Cat!!! Always fun to read about them. I'm sorry about the accident. Glad for the great ending. Nice...Bret Michaels...nice.

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ZELLAZM 9/7/2011 2:08PM

    WTG and thanks for the very colorful report!

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FUNFROG79 9/7/2011 1:11PM

    How eventful! Bret Michaels is great!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/7/2011 11:57AM

    You are a wonder my friend!!!! You never cease to amaze are so strong in every sense!! Well done!!! and sorry about the accident..that just plain sucks.

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JCSTELLA 9/7/2011 10:17AM

    Rough starting ending fabulously!! You should be so proud of yourself!! I loved reading this blog :)

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SAFETYSUE 9/7/2011 1:47AM

    Love your blog, so many adventures. Accidents are so stressful, so glad you are ok!
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MSEMBERSTORM 9/6/2011 10:24PM

    You are freaking amazing.

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AMUNET_RA 9/6/2011 9:04PM

    Another adventure!! Glad the accident wasn't worse! Congrats on your bling! ((HUGS)) I am always so proud of you!!

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SUETINGE 9/6/2011 7:19PM

    YAY! Bling, a good race and music in the hot tub.

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DISPATCH91 9/6/2011 6:49PM

    What a time you had. Sorry about the fender bender..bummer. The hot tub listening to the music sounded like a good ending for a day.


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JAXMOMMY 9/6/2011 6:27PM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure Cat! I could just hear the bus driver and the guard at the base! I've had similar encounters, yes that is encounter with a S, at VA Beach and/or Norfolk military bases! Hurray for you racing! I am planning on heading to VA Beach for a fun visit this weekend! Hoping for no rear ending experiences!

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ROBYNLN 9/6/2011 5:45PM

    Love your report. GREAT job on the marathon. Keep up the good work.

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ENDUROVET 9/6/2011 5:43PM

    Ha ha, what an "adventure"!

This is why I am opting for a "staycation" - just can't make a Sun-night Vegas run work w/my schedule, so we will stay in Big D at the fancy new Convention Ctr hotel, where I can catch a shuttle (hopefully that knows where it's going ;-) to the starting line...

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DDUNKIES 9/6/2011 5:34PM

    oh my dear Cat- you're writing absolutely cracks me up!!! i always feel like i am on the adventure with you- LOVE YA donna

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SLCOLMAN 9/6/2011 5:27PM

    Woo Hoo!! Awesome :)

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50FITNFUN 9/6/2011 3:54PM

    Firstly, I would like to point out that in my Sparkpage background picture, you are the proud and fabulous looking " Hot Tottie" on the right, while I am the happy, but dorky, tater tottie on the left! You'd think with 2 hours (and actually I think it was closer to 1hr, 40mins) I could have at least thought to take off the sweat band and fluff the hair. But there you have it, I left my brain..and dignity, somewhere along the course and was just thrilled enough for the both of us to have Bill take our triumphant photo. I'm already imagining how fab we'll both look at the end of the longer race in January! emoticon
Now, onto your blog....OMG, you have me rolling on the floor and holding my sides...(rear ending, but not in a good way...craptacular chevy, your bus foray onto the military base)...I think half the fun of doing the races is the strange things we hear, witness and experience throughout the event. And your recount of he weekend is so well written that everyone can share the experiences too! This is a great blog. I'm happy to have been able to be there with you! emoticon

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Cat's Fat Farm Update

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

So I've been at Cat's Pretend Fat Farm for three days now. I'm eating on plan, walking in the morning, knee-habbing, doing a fitness video in the afternoon, and then walking again in the evening before easing my muscles in the hot tub and heading for the showers. emoticon I had envisioned creating 3500-calorie deficits Biggest Lower style, but that (I realise now) is insane!

Ok, so maybe I'd get voted off if we were competing, but I'm still pleased with my efforts.

Saturday: I created a 2782 calorie deficit.
Sunday: 3107 deficit emoticon
Monday: 2259 calorie deficit

That should be good for 2+ pounds so far, although the scale isn't showing it ...yet. I'm will dial back the intensity a little for the rest of the week, because the bum knee was starting to really feel the impact, but I'm still shooting for 2000 -calorie defiicts daily.

I'm feeling really positive and planning to finish the final four days strong. The 40-lb mark is still 8.6 pounds away, and my goal is to get there by the end of the month. emoticon

Thanks vey much for your support. It is such a blessing to have sparkpeople all over the world cheering each other's successes and helping each other through life's difficulties.

On my way to emoticon one pound at a time!

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ANGELICASASSY 8/25/2011 12:59PM

  Keep up the good work! You can dooo it!

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MIPPY265 8/23/2011 9:48PM

    Sounds like you are definitely on a roll my friend. Keep up the good work. Very proud of all u have accomplished so far!!!

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TINA*23 8/19/2011 11:26AM

    (((HUGS)))!!!!!! Take care of that knee! You are doing great but keep an eye out since you are still knee-habing!

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REBELBLITZ 8/19/2011 9:38AM

    You have all the tools too succeed at your fat farm. Way to go! emoticon

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DISPATCH91 8/19/2011 7:56AM

    Easy on the kneee luv, no big set backs. You are doing so great. psssst I agree with Donna bout a couple of those dudes..gulp

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DORIS39 8/19/2011 12:20AM



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MSEMBERSTORM 8/18/2011 11:50PM

    Rock it woman! You are doing great!

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DISPATCHER04 8/18/2011 12:01PM

    Hey, Cat, looks like you're the only female in that mud pit! That's a nice ratio there. emoticon emoticon

LOVE your determination, girl! GO! :) :) :)

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NUTSNUTSGETEM 8/18/2011 8:39AM

    I actually get US Weekly. I know, it's stupid. I know who's with who and I really suck at Who wore it best. But, I look at some of the pictures, and I am guilty of thinking that the celebs can get or stay fit with their personal trainers and chefs and cleanses and having tremendous amounts of disposable cash to afford to be able to "eat clean." I don't think I have seen you in the pages of US Weekly. But, you are doing it with your imaginary fat farm, proving that my whiny-ness about not having the celebs tools is just that - whiny-ness (spellcheck doesn't like that).

Now, if only I could afford a stay at the imaginary fat farm.

Nice job!

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/17/2011 11:11PM

    I emoticon your fat farm!!! You are too funny. It also seems like you are doing great. Seriously, you are averaging about 2700/day calorie deficit. That's great!!! emoticon. And I agree, this site is so supportive.

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MAPLELEAFMOM 8/17/2011 10:18AM

    emoticon You are doing INCREDIBLE!!! emoticon It sounds like you have a fabulous plan emoticon We're all cheering you on...

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FUNFROG79 8/17/2011 8:14AM

    Fantastic! Love your dedicated and determination! emoticon

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IFATFIRST77 8/17/2011 1:32AM

    Glad we got an update! Take care of yourself now and don't forget to drink lots of water! emoticon

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DDUNKIES 8/16/2011 10:40PM

    hmmmmmmmm i hope you aren't doing any other "activities" in the mud- i think at least 2 of the guys have impure thoughts emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Well done Cat....been painting all day so that is all the cheering I am up too...LOL

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AMUNET_RA 8/16/2011 9:04PM

    Woo Hoo! Well done on the calorie deficit, Cat!! Keep up the good work! It's going to be Cat's hottie farm pretty soon! emoticon

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_LINDA 8/16/2011 9:00PM

    Well done!! Fantastic! I read recently its better if you do moderate exercise throughout the day, that being active is more important then doing one session of heavy, sweaty exercise. Having knee issues maybe this is something you consider. I was shocked to read 60 minutes of exercise daily may do you no good if you spend the rest of the time sitting on your butt, unfortunately, both my job and liesure activity are both sedentary :(
Keep up the great work Cat! You are doing awesome!!

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WILDRICE99 8/16/2011 8:36PM

    Sounds like you're doing great. Seeing that calorie deficit is very motivating!

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50FITNFUN 8/16/2011 8:14PM

    First the all...LOVE! the picture of the fat farm "crop." Too cute!

emoticon emoticonGO CAT GO!! You are doing fantastic!! Keep it up but be careful. I can't wait to see you in September!

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SUETINGE 8/16/2011 3:41PM

    You're doing great. Just don't overstress the knee. You don't need a set back.

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MDMNINA 8/16/2011 2:59PM

    Don 't overdo it now! Be sure to get that knee better.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/16/2011 1:52PM

    hey is there any room at the fat farm for me? you are doing SO WELL!!!

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DEBULACLARK 8/16/2011 1:01PM

    YOU can DO IT!!! Glad you are listening to your body though!! emoticon

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ESBELL 8/16/2011 12:30PM

    YEAH! It sounds like you are making great progress. Don't worry to much about the scale now - the anti-inflammatory meds for your knee will be causing water weight & bloating. But as soon as you taper off them I'm sure you will see big numbers!

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CJBAGGINS 8/16/2011 12:03PM

    It's good that you're listening to your body and planning to dial it down. 3500-a day deficits do sound insane!

All the best with your continued, albeit less insane, efforts!
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    Wow! You're working hard, and doing a great job of taking advantage of an opportunity. emoticon

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My Own Private Fat Farm

Saturday, August 13, 2011

As many of you know, I'm currently recovering from multiple surgeries in June and looking for a job. Yesterday, at 4:17, I was offered a job in Washington, DC. emoticon emoticon

Don't celebrate just yet. I'm in Philadelphia, alone, no car, can't drive, and I need to be in Washington on Monday. The company said they would arrange my work papers next week, so I set that aside and got busy finding immediately available furnished housing and trying to figure out how to get there.

At 6 o'clock, I was on the phone with a corporate housing company when the line beeped. The company.

No job.

A technicality.

I'm really proud of myself for immediately embracing the opportunity and trying to make it work after COB Friday, but I'm less proud of how I handled the let down.

Carmine's Pizza. Five slices.

Then I baked some cookies. emoticon

I finally got a hold of myself and binned the rest of the pizza and all but three cookies. (I'd already eaten those.) I went out and walked until dark, hoping to either burn off calories or barf up the pizza, or both.

I burned 3600 calories yesterday, but I still undid a week's worth of weight loss efforts according to the scale this morning. emoticon + emoticon = emoticon

So it got me to thinking. I'm here in a nice house, alone, with no one to answer to. The house has a lovely screened in porch with a hot tub, a treadmill, and a nice entertainment system. I keep watching shows like "Heavy" and wishing I could set my life on hold and just focus on weight loss.

Duh. I currently have no life, so what's stopping me? My goal for this week is to eat 1200 - 1400 calories and stay 100% on plan. I also plan to work out as though I'm at a fat farm - at least three hours a day every day, plus two hours of knee-hab. I don't need to pay thousands of dollars to go to a fat farm. I need to quit pitying myself and take advantage of what's available to me here.

So ... this week was a bust, and I let me teammates down big time. But wait for next week's weigh in -- it's going to rock! emoticon emoticon

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DOTSLADY 4/10/2012 1:47PM

    Gawd, I sometimes wish I could eat pizza again. *sigh* I feel for your ups and downs sister friend. It's hard to devote single vision fat farm thinking when you need to make money? I have all the time in the world, but can't seem to do it myself. I use my pain as an excuse. You don't. I'm proud of you on so many levels.
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P.S. HAHAHAHAHA. Okay, so I'm just trying to get caught up around SP cause I've been lax and busy, and I try looking through the last couple blog entries and sooo I don't notice it's last year for heaven's sake. Durrr.
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DANIMITE2 8/15/2011 10:35PM

    Sorry to hear your bad news, but you know that I'm a firm believef that God puts you where you need to be! So maybe that's the "fat farm" for awhile. =)

I can tell from your tone that you're in a slump, and also that you're motivated to fix it. But just remember not to overdo it...Yes, watch your calories and do your therapy exercises, but don't hurt yourself.

Can I tell you how much I love your British 'nuggets'. Congrats on "binning" the remainder of the cookies and pizza.

Hugs, my friend. emoticon

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INDIANAGIRL61 8/15/2011 7:13PM

    I'm so proud of you, so happy for you too! Stand Tall--Be Strong--You are Beautiful!
In the big picture of things the scale really is just a small player. You're doing great!

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MDMNINA 8/15/2011 4:17PM

    I'm sorry about the job. Any possibility of a job in Florida?

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NEWNAC304 8/15/2011 2:52PM

    I am so sorry this happened to you. I don't blame you for eating pizza and cookies. Great job on throwing out the rest of it and going for a walk to burn off the calories.

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IFATFIRST77 8/15/2011 12:58PM

    That sounds like an awesome Idea, I might just try that next week when I finally have two days in a row off, I will wake up and pretend I'm at fat camp for the day! Love it! As for the pizza, I did the exact same thing this week off an on, snacking on things I knew would come back to haunt me...

Hey, at least we are not in denial on that front haha...admitting we ate the pizza or cookies is half the battle, just pick up and keep goin!

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FUNFROG79 8/15/2011 9:27AM

    So sorry it fell thru, but you have an amazing fighting attitude! Go get what you want! emoticon

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MUNCHIE718 8/15/2011 9:01AM

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I am so sorry to hear about the job. I can't imagine going from thinking that you'll be starting a new job in a new city one minute, to finding out that it fell thru the next.

Congratlations on stopping the stress eating in its tracks. Okay, so you ate some pizza. and some cookies. Been there, I get it. But then, instead of letting that be your excuse to blow the whole weekend, you went for a walk. Way to go! I say, if you have the time & the opportunity, why not take advantage of it and focus on eating healthy & exercising? Just be careful to not over-do it. I don't want to see you injured. And I also expect you to take FULL advantage of that hot-tub, too! You'll deserve a relaxing soak after all those miles you'll be logging on the TM. Good luck!

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AMUNET_RA 8/14/2011 3:12PM

    Sorry about the job, but kudos to the way you're handling it, Cat!! You're the greatest!! emoticon

I'm looking forward to reading the progress from 'the farm'


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DEBULACLARK 8/14/2011 12:18PM

    Sorry about the let down with the job Cat. I'm glad you stopped yourself on the reaction of eating before it did too much damage! I LOVE that you are going to create your own Fat Farm atmosphere and take advantage of your time off!! KUDOS!!!
You can do it girlfriend!!

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MIPPY265 8/14/2011 11:21AM

    CAT So sorry about the job situation. Im not sure how that can happen that way, but it definitely sux. I luv your determination to start fresh and put the "bad day" behind you. Definitely better just to pick up and start over. And never worry about letting us down. We are always here to support you when you need it!! Luv ya! And heres to a better week!!

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SLCOLMAN 8/14/2011 11:03AM

    I am so sorry that things did not work out with the job. I too will turn to food for comfort... to fill some void I guess. So, I understand on that front. Good luck with meeting your goals for the week!! I know you can do it :)

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DDUNKIES 8/14/2011 12:05AM

    Cat- i am sorry about the job situation- that sucks!!! i totally get the emotional eating- thats been my thing since i was a teenager- i guess the best advice i can give you if just start again- CLEAN SLATE!!! feeling guilty, angry etc won't change what happened- i applaud you for throwing out the extra food- its not easy- don't worry about us Snakes- we love and support you NO MATTER WHAT food accidentally falls into your mouth emoticon LOVE YA emoticon

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QUEMBEL1 8/13/2011 10:18PM

    Great Attitude! Hang in there and don't over do the knee! {{{hugs}}}

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DISPATCHER04 8/13/2011 6:26PM

    Holy monkey, Cat! You have your own blog party goin' on up in here! How cool is that? Your own cheering section! emoticon

This is what makes us awesome Snakes, though. Yeah, we have setbacks, but we don't give up! We keep on getting back up and hollering, "That all you got?!"

GO GIRL!!! :)

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SUETINGE 8/13/2011 4:28PM

    Sorry about the job! Like Jan said, it's there loss.

That emotional eating sure is tough to deal with, but it sounds like you're getting a handle on it.

Sounds like turning your recovery into a "fat-farm" experience is a great idea.

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PDBLACK3 8/13/2011 3:53PM

    I read your blog- just happened on your channel by chance. Sorry about the job- it's THEIR loss!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/13/2011 3:24PM

    I hate to tell you this. i really do. but you are human, even though you are a superheroess to me!!! Last night i had a meltdown. the week went well, no complaints, last horse show day, and i made a mistake. however, with the same person there were TWO mistakes. the other one was from the office, but still..who got the brunt? its a freaking horse show people not life or death...but i took it to heart..and when someone asked me if i was ok, i lost it. yup. sat in the horse show office and sobbed a week of tense, busy, no rest, no eating what i WANTED ----and knowing i had to come home and get up and do it 2 more days, and then when i thought i had a day off monday FINALLY, find out nope, i dont.
i wanted to eat, Cat. i wanted to go stuff myself. the ONLY thing that saved me was that i was too tired to walk to a food booth. or i would be sitting next to you saying those same words you did. (not the job in washington part)
you are my hero. did you know that? i look at you and see your determination...and then i think yeah but she never melts down. i cant do what she does. Look at your track record. you have lost so much weight...been through SO much!!!! and you still keep working it. so you had a blip. i know what a slap that must have been to you...and i think whoever did that to you should be drug out into the street and shot. or tickled till they couldnt take it. really. and then stuff the pizza and cookies down their throat and say THERE...take THAT you unthinking unfeeling IDIOT!!!!
wow. i feel better. i hope you do too....and Cat, i'm sorry. head up. you will get something SOON!!

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ROBYNLN 8/13/2011 2:30PM

    I truly am sorry about the job. emoticon The pizza and cookies sounds like something I would do. emoticon I'm proud of you for throwing most of it out. Don't be too discouraged about the overnight weight gain. The majority of that is prob water retention from the sodium and then there is the actual food in your digestive track. Give it a couple days before you call it weight gain. emoticon Hang in there. You are on the right track.

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/13/2011 11:53AM


As I said in the team thread, I am so sorry about you getting offered a job and losing it before it even began. I know the feeling all too well. But as far as the scale goes, sometimes these things are a blip. If you really gained weight just because of yesterday's pity party, and you get yourself back on track, then next week's loss will rock, indeed!!! emoticon

My daughter (age 26) lives in Philly now. She goes to law school at Temple. It was a bit of an adjustment for her moving to Philly after living in Northern NJ all her life and working in midtown Manhattan for three years. But she really likes it in Philly and thinks it is pretty fitness friendly. Unfortunately when we go there it is usually for cheese steaks or breakfast at the Reading Terminal Market LOL. But she really likes walking in Philly and some day I hope to walk along the Schuylkill with her.

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    CAT, I think you need company in your private fat farm!! I'll start mapping walking routes from Wisconsin to Philadelphia--I'm sure it can't take too long, right? emoticon
Okay, maybe I'll have to join you virtually. . .

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ANGELICASASSY 8/13/2011 10:51AM

  So sorry about the job. That really sucks! Have fun in your own private farm though!!

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L*I*T*A* 8/13/2011 10:50AM

    so sorry to hear to job didn't work out....
when one door closes others open!!!
next week will better am sure......
blessings and hugs......lita

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DISPATCH91 8/13/2011 10:32AM

    emoticonSo sorry everything fell through. THEY lost a valuable work partner and it is their loss.

I am so very proud of you that you got a hold of the emotion binge. You stopped, that is a huge, huge accomplishment. Don't beat yourself up over it. I would not be at all surpised if it didn't kick your body in to a lose the weigh mode.

luv ya girl

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_LINDA 8/13/2011 9:57AM

    So very sorry about the job :(( That was a mean blow :((
What an awesome place you live in! Great for recovering from surgeries in! (would I love a hot tub).
Emotional stress eating is a big thing for many people which is why that team is the biggest. Have you ever worked through Spark's great articles on the subject? They offer very good tips and advice. One thing you can be responsible for is the food you bring into your house since you live alone. What are baking ingredients doing there? Time to start emptying out your pantry and replace it with only healthy food. Nothing beats fresh. Load up the fruits and veggies!! So many people ignore them, or have token peas or corn and call that healthy (too high carb). Spark Recipes has many recipes to make those veggies taste inviting. Try new ones and look up recipes for them.. Because freggies are so low calorie, you can eat lots of them.
Do be careful with those knees, you don't want any set backs..
I didn't know you could burn 3600 calories just walking, doesn't seem accurate to me honestly. I mean I only burn 200 calories doing 30 minutes on the elliptical, would take me a long time to get to 3600 calories, would probably drop dead by then lol. I usually have found Spark's Fitness Tracker to be accurate. I depend on it and the Nutrition Tracker to keep me honest..
Looking forward to hearing more positive news after this weekend..
Hang in there, you can do it!!!

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ZELLAZM 8/13/2011 9:47AM

    Sorry about the job...but THAT's the way to bounce back after a setback!
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And by the way, I think the correct term is "Wellness Resort" ;)

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