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On a Spark break but still missing you all!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hi everyone!

I'm on a Spark break, but I miss everyone and still check in whenever I have time. My knee is doing much better following this latest surgery -- I did a slow 8 miles today! My eye infection is clearing up although I don't see that well yet. Soon, I hope!

Although I am not online often right now, I love hearing from people and was saddened to learn that Casia-Anne has deleted her account. I don't know why but hope she'll come back one day soon!

  
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BRAVAH 4/28/2010 4:11AM

    I've been missing you, Cat! I'm so happy to hear that your knee is doing better! Best wishes for your eye! I was stuck in London (for an extra week after a planned stay - due to the stupid volcano). I was thinking about you and wishing that you and I could be stuck in London together sometime. Have a nice Spark break and talk to you soon.

Cheers,
Heidi

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/26/2010 10:19PM

    Glad to hear you are improving. Miss you much! We will be here when you return. Take care of yourself and heal quickly. Hugs!

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FITTYTIF 4/26/2010 12:42AM

    Hey Missing you As well!! And am jealous 8 miles. Dang and I am just hoping to make the 5K sounds like you are doing great!

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DOTSLADY 4/24/2010 6:17PM

    Hi Cat - thought I'd stop by and say hello. I was wondering about the surgery. 8 miles already?
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ZIRCADIA 4/22/2010 1:38PM

    YES on the 8 miles! So glad things are going well :)

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MDMNINA 4/22/2010 11:50AM

    I myself have cut way back on my SP time. I was spending way to much time on the computer. But I always enjoy hearing from my specail friends, like you. Hubby and I drove up to WDW on Tuesday. Thought of you!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 4/21/2010 1:32PM

    I was wondering about your knee just the other day! Glad you checked in! How funny that you and I both did 8 miles! My knees are a little sore, but ok. Keep up the good work!

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SLCOLMAN 4/21/2010 11:54AM

    You are amazing! I hope that the knee and the eye get better every day!

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SHORTTOOTH1 4/21/2010 11:06AM

    Hi, this is still Casia-Anne. I'm still here, just with a different name. I put an explanation in my last blog post if you want to read it.

On to you, I'm impressed that you have been running 8 miles while injured!! Slow or not, that is a really long run.
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DISPATCH91 4/21/2010 9:54AM

    Girlfriend you are amazing, I am dying after doing more than 1 mile LOL

Take care of yourself, sweetie, you are one of a kind.
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FLORIDAFAN 4/21/2010 9:28AM

   
Take care of you Cat and healthy recovery! Miss you around here

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AMUNET_RA 4/21/2010 6:56AM

    Congrats on the 8-miles!!! That's 7 miles more than I can do!

Miss you loads! Glad you're popping in :-)

~~B

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LUV_VICKIE 4/21/2010 3:59AM

    I miss you, Cat. Your enthusiasm and support has brightened many a day. Get well soon and TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
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INDIE_V 4/21/2010 3:17AM

    We miss you, Cat! Hope you get better soon and that health problems stay far far away from now on. Well done on the 8 miles!!

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NEWSTART127 4/21/2010 12:29AM

    emoticonHere's to a speedy recovery! So glad that you're doing better.

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HPTHATBME 4/20/2010 8:11PM

    Good Luck with the recovery Cat! You will be missed!

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SUETINGE 4/20/2010 7:03PM

    We definitely miss you, too. Great job on the 8 miles. I think I need to up my distance the next time I walk.

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COLEISMYSOUL 4/20/2010 6:50PM

    Glad your knee and eye are doing well. Looking forward to your return!

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L*I*T*A* 4/20/2010 6:42PM

    miss you too.....glad to hear you had further surgery .........
sounds like you are recovering well............
all the best..................
blessings and hugs............lita

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CJBAGGINS 4/20/2010 6:29PM

    Hey Cat! I was thrilled to see that you had posted a blog!
Well done on the (slow) 8 miles. Good to know that the recovery is going well.
I hope the eye continues to get better as the days go by.

See you soon I hope!

cj

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ESBELL 4/20/2010 5:37PM

    I'm so happy to hear that your knee is doing better!!! Eight miles is a long way on it - slow or not!! Congrats for getting that far!!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/20/2010 4:11PM

    We miss you too...you cant know how much!! so glad the knee is doing better!! hope you have 20/20 soon...
so good to hear from you!!
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Holly

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 4/20/2010 3:55PM

    Great work on the 8 miles! I need to take a page out of your book and work harder and better than I have been. Lots of prayers going up for a very speedy recovery! Can't wait to see you in June!!!!


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MAPLELEAFMOM 4/20/2010 3:50PM

    Missing you but it sounds like you are doing great with recovery :) 8 miles is very impressive!! emoticon Can't wait to see you in January emoticon so keep up the good healing emoticon

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FIENDISHSARAH 4/20/2010 3:50PM

    Lonely!
I am so lonelyyyyy!

Miss you!! emoticon

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LIMELITESHINES 4/20/2010 3:22PM

    Ohhhh I'm so glad to hear from you!!!!!!!

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I hope you get better very very very soon!!!!!!!!!!!!

So glad to hear about those 8 miles. I'm running my first 10 mile race this weekend! EEK!

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BEXTRESS 4/20/2010 3:19PM

    We miss you too, Cat! Great job on your 8 miles! emoticon

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900 Days

Thursday, January 28, 2010

One hundred days ago, I blogged about 800 days on Spark, covering what I think I've done well and what I need to do to turn my dreams into goals.

So after 100 more days, where am I?

1. Finances. Make a budget. Done. The credit card debt has been trickier. I injured my knees and am in fact undergoing surgery today. I'm cruising through money like I have it, and I have not paid down my debt like I'd wanted.

2. My home. Done. I unpacked all but once tricky set of boxes, decluttered a lot, and I'm turning my four walls and roof into a lovely little home. It makes a big difference in how I feel.

3. Complete the Tower of Terror race. Done! I'm especially proud of this one.

4. Health: I wanted to lose 20 lbs. I lost 10, but with not being able to exercise and walking with a cane, I still think it's a good accomplishment. I log what I eat, even when I'm not proud of it, and I have been serious in my commitment to getting enough rest and sleep.

4. Professional: I haven't done anything towards getting my test resat, and I need to, but I have taken a good hard look at my image and office situation and been proactive in managing my relationships so that I'm in a strong position in my office. My supervisors love me, and my subordinates are happy, and I feel that i'm doing a good job. So I'll give myself a provisional "atta girl" for this one.

5. Emotional: I have been focusing a bit more on my needs. I'm trying to learn to set boundaries and be a bit selfish. If I don't look after myself, who will?

The next 100 days:

1. HEALTH: I'm having surgery today. I hope to be up and around soon and have already mapped a fitness plan for myself. However, I do need to pay more attention to what I eat. I eat well for a few days and then go off the wagon for a few days, undoing my earlier success. I need to understand my body better and make choices that I can implement consistently.

2. FINANCES: These medical bills are killing me, but I need to ride that wave, and figure out a plan to allow me to mange my debt.

3. PROFESSIONAL: I will set up a study schedule to resit the exam by June.

4. EMOTIONAL: Being here in London right now, I realise how much I miss going to church and will find ways to nourish my soul more. In Beirut, Christians are Catholics, Orthodox, or Maronite, and their services never feel comfortable for me. Even if it's reading the Bible and quiet contemplation, I need more God in my life.

Thank you to everyone on Sparkpeople who has supported me, offered advice, and been a friend. You really are wonderful! I am looking forward to blogging about 1000 days and sharing my successes!

  
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MARGOMCP 3/7/2010 5:49PM

    What a great idea! I see the doctor every 3 months, sort of use that as my health measuring period.

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GXROXY 1/31/2010 7:06PM

    Cat, you are such an inspiration to so many people, and my prayers are with you that you heal quickly from your surgery. God bless you girl!

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AIMEE_B 1/31/2010 5:26PM

    Hello dear girl!

All things in their own time, right? Of course, if we don't make the effort, then that's a bunch of hogwash. However, you are on the right track and doing just dandy!

Prayers are with you doing your recovery. Enjoy London!

Much Love,
~amy

****HUGS*****

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NIMAWEYGH 1/30/2010 12:25AM

    Oh Cat you are such an inspiration to so many of us. You are honest with yourself and that is so important in this battle we are all fighting to be a healthier version of our unhealthy selves.

You have done well Luke and the force is defiantly with you........... emoticon

You keep on truckin and like the rest of em I can't wait to hear what has happened in the next 100 days.

Love ya girl,
Nims

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FITTYTIF 1/29/2010 10:48PM

    what A great idea to reflect at 100 days.
as for your surgery I hope all went well. and your are doing what you can to recover well. I know you will probly be out for the count for a while but keeping track of your food will be a big help while you recover. I also suggest doing upperbody exercises. That is what I did during my recovery.
And 10 lbs I very good considering the knee and cane and all. SO CONGRATS And just think once you have this all fixed up how much you will be able to lose then!!!
Hugs!!! (ANd sorry I am behind in my blogs!)

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IZZYBUBBLES 1/29/2010 5:10PM

    I completely agree with Kim - you constantly amaze me!! You'll be in my prayers, I'm hoping your surgery goes really well and gets you back into doing something that you love soon!

You have the right to be selfish sometimes. We women don't always do a very good job of taking care of ourselves because we're so busy taking care of other people at times. Be good to yourself because you deserve it!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 1/29/2010 1:56PM

    You've made a lot of progress and have a lot to look forward to. Remember... progress, not perfection.

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MSEMBERSTORM 1/29/2010 11:47AM

    You are doing well with all the things you planned. I will keep you in my prayers for a successful surgery. Hugs gal!

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DDUNKIES 1/29/2010 12:39AM

    Cat- i love how you have mapped out your goals into segments- i wish you nothing but success in your next 1000 blogs- love ya donna

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RAVEN1025 1/28/2010 9:50PM

    You are doing so well! I am so very proud of you. I hope all goes well with your surgery! I am keeping you in my thoughts and sending many well wishes your way.

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 1/28/2010 8:58PM

    I think it's so great to go back and look at goals and how far we've come. You, my friend, have done amazing things that people told you you'd never do. That's the kind of perserverance that will win this battle. You have it in loads, and I so admire that! You're gonna go places!! I look forward to your next 100 day report!

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CJBAGGINS 1/28/2010 6:35PM

    Well done, Cat!
Taking the time to make your list of goals, and then reflecting back on them over time is a wonderful idea and one sure fire way to keep yourself on track and working towards meeting them.

Good for you!

Sorry to hear that you are not able to attend your church services (I hadn't realized there would not be any Anglican churches in Beirut). I know that would bother me as well. I wish you all the best in finding time to be with God in the next 200 days.

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COLEISMYSOUL 1/28/2010 6:00PM

    Nice going on your goals! You take care of yourself, get that knee in working condition. In my thoughts~

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ELVENSONG1 1/28/2010 5:03PM

    Wonderful reflection on the past 100 days. Awesome goal setting. You have done well. ((((((Hugs))))))))

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MDMNINA 1/28/2010 2:19PM

    I love you honest look at your goals and accomplishments. You have indeed come a long way. Good luck on the surgery today. Keep us posted!

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KIMCATUS 1/28/2010 12:49PM

    I think you've done a GREAT job with your limitations and circumstances and and always, you amaze me with your great attitude and focusing on what you CAN do!!! *hugs*

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L*I*T*A* 1/28/2010 12:38PM

    wow..............
so great all those accomplishments!!!!
congratulations...........
wishing you a quick and easy recovery........
sending positive thougths and prayers...........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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BEEHAPPY2 1/28/2010 12:17PM

    So proud of all you have accomplished while on Spark! You will come through the surgery with flying colors-just please take it slow and easy afterwards :) I am working on finances with a website called DebtGoal that has helped a lot with sticking to a plan. I have always wanted to visit London and am enjoying your stories about it! Take good care of yourself my friend Hugs, Bee emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 1/28/2010 12:14PM

    I hope that surgery goes well for you!!
I think that your 100 day progress report is a SUCCESS!!
Always inspiring!!

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ZIRCADIA 1/28/2010 11:26AM

    Wow, you have made great progress in the past 100 days and I like your revised future goals as well.

Good luck with the surgery, Cat!!! I'll be thinking about you!

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ESBELL 1/28/2010 11:01AM

    You accomplished quite a lot in the past 100 days. I hope that your surgery goes well, and you can get up and around quickly!

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SUETINGE 1/28/2010 10:58AM

    emoticon You've accomplished a lot in the last 100 days! I know you will do great things in the next 100.

Praying that the surgery goes (went with the time difference) well and that you're able to lose the can and get moving again like you want to.

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FLORIDAFAN 1/28/2010 9:35AM

    I will give you an atta girl! YOu have done great. Best of luck with the surgery today. Heres to a speedy recovery!

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AMUNET_RA 1/28/2010 8:57AM

    You have done very well in these past 100 days and I'm wishing you all the best for the next 100! ((HUGS))

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BRAVAH 1/28/2010 8:47AM

    Hello gorgeous woman!

I am sorry that you are in such limbo-land of surgery! But at least you get to hang out in London!!! Okay, so now I'm the one that's jealous... which opera were you listening to in Covent Garden?

It really sounds like you've done a super job with your list! Good for you! I know you can continue to reinforce the progress you've already made and make even more!

I really hope your surgery went well and that you have a good recovery! You are n amazing woman and I know you can reach all of your goals!

Let us know how your recovery is going!

Cheers,
Heidi

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RINOACHAN 1/28/2010 7:54AM

    emoticon on all your accomplishments!

Hoping for the best with your surgery!! emoticon

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LIMELITESHINES 1/28/2010 7:14AM

    All the best on your surgery today! Fast healing vibes are being sent your way! :)

I think it's pretty darn good what you've done for the past 100 days, especially considering your knee!!!! So I think the next 100 will be just as successful. Hang in there!

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DEBULACLARK 1/28/2010 7:05AM

    Cat - you've accomplished so much. Be proud and good luck on your surgery today!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/28/2010 6:39AM

    I am SO proud of you!! i think you have accomplished HUGE things.
Prayers being said all day for successful surgery...pain free days without canes!!!
I am proud to be your friend!!!!
Love you!
Holly

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INDIE_V 1/28/2010 6:27AM

    Cat, you deserve huge emoticon for everything you've accomplished so far! You're definitely on the right track and I'm sure that the next 100 days will be as productive and successful, if not more so.
Reading your blog today inspired me a lot, so thank you for that. I started my own mini tracking challenge today, aiming to exercise for 10 min every day for 100 days.
I hope your surgery goes well and that you're on the path of recovery very very soon.
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Torn Meniscus

Monday, December 14, 2009

Here's the background:

A meniscus is a disk-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber inside a joint. Each knee has one lateral meniscus under the outer knob of the thighbone and one medial meniscus under the inner knob of the thighbone. Each meniscus acts as a natural cushion between the thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia). The two cushions prevent excess wear and tear inside the knee joint by keeping the ends of the two bones from rubbing together. Each meniscus also absorbs much of the shock of jumps and landings and helps to distribute joint fluid evenly to lubricate and nourish the knee.

In the United States, a torn meniscus is the most common reason for knee surgery; approximately 850,000 operations for meniscal tears are performed in the U.S. each year.

The symptoms of a torn meniscus can include: Knee pain, usually on one side of your knee, tenderness at the side of the joint, knee swelling within the first 12 hours after injury, a "locked" knee that can't be bent, a knee that catches during movement, or can't be fully straightened, a click, pop or grinding inside your knee when you move it, a knee that buckles, gives way or feels generally weak.



Yep. That's been my situation for about six months now. Last week, the knee locked, during a cardio challenge for Hogwarts no less, and made my life really uncomfortable. I've been hobbling around with a cane, earning me a lot of ribbing from my colleagues. Then yesterday, while walking around in my home, I heard a wet popping noise, and I went down. Hard.

Today, I saw the orthopedist. He says I pushed through the pain of the torn meniscus, creating the "edema" I thought I was dealing with, which was actually a growing cyst -- that - you guessed it - burst yesterday. He shot it up with cortisone, gave me some strong pain killers, and I'm scheduled for the custom brace fitting tomorrow. More time with the cane, then the MRI to see what kind of surgery will be needed.

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DOTSLADY 1/13/2010 6:22PM

    http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Kne
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Thought about you. If I know you, you'll do some homework first. I wish more of the interview were there, but I remember the doc said something about avoiding surgery in certain instances, but I don't remember how (gee, thanks?!). Maybe find his book through the library/interlibrary loan?
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GINGER_LOSTALOT 1/3/2010 3:07PM

    Oh, that is terrible. I hope the shot helped. Acupuncture helped my knee, but it's hard to sit in a chair for an hour with 8 long needles in my knee. How did you make it through the holidays?

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FITTYTIF 1/3/2010 1:40AM

    OH mY cat I am so sorry. Some how I missed getting my email saying you had posted a blog. And I was going through my emails today I found this! I hope you are doing better! I sure know how it feels to not have a leg!
I am hoping all is going better. I would love to hear an update. Hope your holidays were good.



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BRAVAH 1/2/2010 5:04AM

    Oh Cat! I am so sorry to hear this! But hopefully you'll be able to get better soon - and better than ever, now that they know what the problem is. I'm sending healing energy for your recovery!

Love,
Heidi

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50FITNFUN 12/24/2009 10:01PM

    Cat, I'm so sorry to learn of your knee issue! How terrible for you. Have you learned anything new in regard to treatment/surgery? Has there been any speculation as to the ability to compete in future events after treatment? I wish you good thoughts and lots of well wishes for a speedy recovery. emoticon

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MAPLELEAFMOM 12/22/2009 2:24AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That sounds very painful ! I hope that you can get it fixed very soon. Wish I was closer and I could help you out with things... take care and I'm sending lots of prayers and thoughts your way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 12/20/2009 9:08PM

    Cat I hope you bounce back from your injury soon. Take care of yourself!!!! I love the way you have broke out your goals. I do believe you can so accomplish them. Keep moving forward gal! Big hugs!

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DISPATCHER04 12/18/2009 9:44AM

    Oh, Cat! How awful! I'm so sorry. :(

But this is just a temporary setback. You'll be back on your feet and running again, I know it. You're too determined of a girl to let this sidetrack you for longer than it has to. I admire you bunches for that.
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IZZYBUBBLES 12/15/2009 11:35PM

    Oh no!! I'm so sorry to hear about your knee injury. Ugh - so frustrating! I know that surgery is never fun or good, but I hope that they can get you all fixed up now that you know exactly what the problem is! **Hugs**

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HRDWLBY 12/15/2009 9:45PM

    Sorry to hear about that, Cat. It sounds like exercise has not been good for your body.

I love your background picture.

Try to have a nice Christmas, just take it easy on yourself, for a change!

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 12/15/2009 7:54PM

    OW and I think you need an errand/helper boy lol. Take care and hope you heal soon/easily/well/well you know

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MS5835 12/15/2009 12:36PM

    So sorry about your knee. I had a torn meniscus in my knee last year and had the surgery. What type of custom brace are you getting? I just got a custom off loader or unloader brace which is giving me some relief. Sending positive thoughts your way. emoticon

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FLORIDAFAN 12/15/2009 10:42AM

    Ow Ow Ow....just reading this makes me want to cry. Do take care of that knee. To think you did the disneyland and the TOT this way....ouch! OK you just gave me the motivation I need for the Princess.



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L*I*T*A* 12/15/2009 10:29AM

    so sorry to hear about your knee i had torn meniscus in each knee as it turns out and had scope surgery to correct it .....................wishing you well and hopefully your dr's will be able to correct the problem soon.......keeping you in my prayers..........blessings and hugs................lita

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/15/2009 8:26AM

    so are they going to fix it? if they do you tell them...loud and clear they have to REPAIR it not REMOVE it like the butcher i had did. believe me you NEED that meniscus, and not having one is pain beyond belief. welcome to the pain killer crowd...so sorry you had to join it.
Please let me know if there is ANYTHING i can do!! and if you need some exercises to strengthen it let me know...i have an arsenal..

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FIENDISHSARAH 12/15/2009 6:58AM

    Owwww! I am so sorry, I hope you are feeling a tad better and you can get this sorted out as soon as possible! I'll be thinking of you!! {{huggs}}

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FIRENUT34 12/14/2009 11:40PM

    You sound like me. If I'm going to do something, I'm not going to do it half ass. That is sure the reason why you have had so much problems. I was in pain myself listening to your story of the Disneyland half. At least most people I know have had the surgery and gets better in no time. Lets pray its the same for you.
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NIMAWEYGH 12/14/2009 10:46PM

    Oh sweetie I am so sorry for you. DH sympathizes as well for your use of the cane....................
Oh how me and the bun buns wish we were there to help around the house and make you plenty of healthy meals. But you are in our thoughts and prayers.

I have a friend on here that just had that surgery and she is doing really well with PT now. So chin up Charlie.

Love, bunny snuggles and prayers headed your way.

Nimma and the G girls

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AMUNET_RA 12/14/2009 9:58PM

    Ouch ouch ouch!!!
((HUGS)) Take it easy and relax as much as you can!
~~Bonnie

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DDUNKIES 12/14/2009 9:47PM

    Holy cow- what a horrible injury- you poor thing. get some rest Cat- love ya donna

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DAMSELFLY_DOXY 12/14/2009 8:38PM

    Holy Moly! Get serious drugs...and if you can a hot cabana boy to bring you peeled grapes. meow!
Seriously...i hope you get some relief soon!

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CASLAMITY 12/14/2009 8:23PM

    Oh, Cat. That sounds horrible. I'm so sorry!! Sending healing and positive thoughts your way!

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RAVEN1025 12/14/2009 7:26PM

    Oh noes! Please get some rest m'dear! I will send all the healing vibes I can muster your way.

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KIMCATUS 12/14/2009 7:24PM

    Oh ouch ouch ouch!!!! :( That sounds very painful and I hope the brace and the painkillers will help! I'm so sorry you're having to go through this!!!! *hugs*

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ESBELL 12/14/2009 7:18PM

    Owie!! That explains why you haven't been healing and have had this pain for so long. P&PT that you can finally get relief, and that you won't be off your feet to long following your surgery!

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CJBAGGINS 12/14/2009 7:17PM

    Oh damn. What a shame. So sorry to hear of the knee troubles, Cat. I hope the brace can alleviate some pain and discomfort before they can figure out what they're going to be doing.

Take care.

cj

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 12/14/2009 6:56PM

    Oh no!!! I am so sorry. I will definitely keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery and success with the surgery. *HUGS*

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DEBULACLARK 12/14/2009 6:50PM

    Ouch Cat! Prayers that the surgery is not a bad one and big, big emoticon just cuz I love ya and I wish I was there to help you out!


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DANIMITE2 12/14/2009 6:33PM

    FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR'S ORDERS!!!! We have many more Disney races to participate in girlie! And could you PLEASE stop oozing??? I mean between the blisters and the cysts...geez! Surely Professor Sprout has something to dry you up!

Seriously though, get some rest, take the term break at Hogwarts for some SERIOUS down time, and take care of yourself. HUGS!

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SLCOLMAN 12/14/2009 6:05PM

    Oh no!!! Please take care of yourself!! I hope that the surgery will help get you back to pain free living!

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SUETINGE 12/14/2009 6:05PM

    OUCH! I do hope the painkillers and cortisone help.

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HPTHATBME 12/14/2009 5:58PM

    Ouch! I am so sorry to hear that! I do hope you heal quickly!

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LUV_VICKIE 12/14/2009 5:55PM

    Dear Cat
I am very sorry to hear that. Take care and keep us updated. You have many friends and admirers here at Spark.
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COLEISMYSOUL 12/14/2009 5:41PM

    Prayers being sent to you my friend that things will go smoothly! emoticon emoticon

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 12/14/2009 5:29PM

    Ouchie, ouchie! You poor thing!!
I hope the mending process is swift and as painless as possible!
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SIXFULLERS 12/14/2009 5:24PM

    Oh dear Cat. Sorry for pending down time. But remember to take the time to heal as best you can. What a lousy "Merry Christmas" to you. :(

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MDMNINA 12/14/2009 5:10PM

    It sounds so painful. I guess the Princess Marathon is out of the question!

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ZIRCADIA 12/14/2009 5:03PM

    OW!!!!!!!! *HUGS* I hope the changes going forward help to relieve the knee pain once you've recovered.

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INDIE_V 12/14/2009 4:59PM

    Ouch is right! I'm so sorry you're going through all this, Cat. Did the doctor say how long you'll have to use the cane? I truly hope that you feel much much better soon. Take this time to rest a bit and don't push it!
Huge hug!

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SHORTTOOTH1 12/14/2009 4:56PM

    Ouch, and ouch. That SUCKS!!! I know this isn't a Get Better injury.... get better anyway.

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WANT2CHNG17 12/14/2009 4:52PM

    Oh no, Cat! That sounds just awful! Be sure to take care of yourself sweetie; I hope you only need minimal surgery to get yourself back up and arunnin'!
My Lovah and I send our deepest concern to you...
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VEGANLINDS 12/14/2009 4:49PM

    Aww, Cat, that's a lot tough stuff to go through!
I hope your knee gets patched up and feeling better very soon.
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800 Days

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I've been Sparking for 800 days. In that time, I've completed a 5K and two half marathons. I've lived in four countries, moving three times. I've made wonderful friends, and have even met a few of them in real life. I started Hogwarts, one of my joys in life.

What I haven't done a lot of is losing weight.

Just as I've decided that losing 100 lbs. is too daunting to be attempted but losing 10 lbs. ten times is perfectly achievable, I've decided that I need to look at my life and break it down into achievable goals, because to be honest, there is no area of my life that is going especially well right now.

Immediate priority goals

1. Finances. Make a budget. My medical bills are sinking me, and I need to pare down other parts of my life to accommodate that fact.

2. My home. My things arrived in September but I've been so busy that I have yet to unpack anything. The clutter and mess literally drain me. It just needs to be cleaned up and put away.

3. Complete the Tower of Terror race. I am super excited about running a night time race in Disney World, and I love this bling! However, I took a nasty tumble on Wednesday and have been laid out on my sofa ever since. I badly bruised my tail bone and injured my back. I don't know if I can do the Beirut - Frankfurt - Toronto - Orlando flight in cattle class, and the doctors think it would be a bad idea for me to try to run. ... Of course, they told me not to run the Princess Half, too, and thank goodness I chose not to listen! emoticon

Just as I'm breaking down my weight loss, I'm going to specify my timelines.

The Next 100 Days

1. FINANCIAL: Pay off Citicard. Consumer debt is a tool of the Devil!

2. HEALTH: A) Lose 20 lbs. B) Log absolutely everything I eat. C) I have had trouble sleeping and often operate on 3-4 hours of sleep. I'm going to make a real effort to get at least 7 hours a night.

3. PROFESSIONAL: I need to re-sit an exam if I want to advance professionally. There were a lot of politics with my last go-around, and I got shafted. I'm in a different work group, and it's time to re-focus and pass that exam. I will devote at least 10 hours a week to preparing.

4. EMOTIONAL: I spend a lot of time looking after other people, and I think I need to focus more on myself if I want to succeed in making these changes and achieving my goals. (BONNIE, remember our deal: pinkies!)

Right. I00 days. Making changes. Working towards my ultimate goals.

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NIMAWEYGH 12/14/2009 10:49PM

    There is no doubt in my mind that you can and will do anything you set your mind to. I look forward to reading about your progress.

You are one remarkable woman.

We love you and I personally want to thank you for Hogwarts as it has given me the best friends and sisters in the world.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/2/2009 12:23AM

    What an amazing person. I hope all your dreams for the new year come true.

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MAPLELEAFMOM 11/1/2009 1:17AM

    You can definitely do anything you set your mind to!!! You are totally amazing emoticon I hope that you heal quickly and that (if you go) the Tower of Terror race is totally amazing for you!! I soooo wish I could go to that as well but alas it was not meant to be. I will be meeting up with you at another race some day though emoticon

Also I LOVE the 100 day thing, I may have to try that myself! Take care and know you are thought of often!! emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 10/28/2009 12:36PM

    I love the concept of 100 days and breaking things down into smaller goals.
I think that I probably need to take your advice on this one :)

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DANI1855 10/26/2009 10:25AM

    I can't wait to hear all about your latest race. We get very little phone reception in this school, but it was great to here from you. I've got to go - the monsters await!

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BRAVAH 10/25/2009 10:52AM

    Wonderful blog Cat! I really like the idea of breaking things down into more manageable chunks. I know that you can achieve your goals and am looking forward to sharing your successes with you.

Cheers,
Heidi

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IZZYBUBBLES 10/22/2009 12:24PM

    You are completely fabulous. I love you to death and if there's anyone I know that can set her mind to something and accomplish it - it's YOU!! I will be praying for you that you heal quickly and that your ToT trip is just as fabulous as the bling you're going to get after the race!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/21/2009 9:06PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog.

I hope your injury heals soon. Take care of yourself.

Jackie

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WANT2CHNG17 10/21/2009 2:53PM

    You my luv are an inspiration. Wow - you've done a LOT in 800 days. You've forgotten to add a few things to your list though:
1. You have provided thoughtful, sometimes comical blogs.
2. You have inspired a great many of us.
3. You have given lots of support and help!

Good luck on your goals - I know that you will reach every one of them!
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YOOVIE 10/20/2009 4:51PM

    You are such an adventurous and inspiration person!!!!!!!!!

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MARGOMCP 10/20/2009 3:52PM

    Love it!

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MSEMBERSTORM 10/20/2009 12:28AM

    You are an extreemly smart cookie! You can so do this! I love the way you broke this down.

First priority!!! Get to feeling better!

Hugs hun!!!!

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NEWSTART127 10/20/2009 12:06AM

    I think you've had an AWESOME 800 days!
You've set some great goals for yourself for the next 100, too!
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CAROLJ94941 10/19/2009 11:03PM

    Great doable goals. I look forward to hearing about your successes.

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KCKERRY 10/19/2009 9:55PM

    Good luck! You know what you want and have a plan to get there. There are MANY of us who haven't made it that far!

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LUV_VICKIE 10/19/2009 6:23PM

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You can do it. Just take one day at a time.
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ZIRCADIA 10/19/2009 5:36PM

    I love it- - love the breaking down of goals, love the goals for the next 100 days, everything. :) Good luck!!! :D

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NIMAWEYGH 10/19/2009 12:53PM

    You know me Cat, I am the queen of 5 new mini goals every month and it sure is working for me.

So make those goals (don't make them to big to eat through) and stick to them and you will do it.

I am so sorry about your back girl, I have real sympathy for ya, you know cause I hurt mine recently. But only you know if you can do your race. Now that is a plane flight for sure 8 hrs to Hawaii just about killed me. But you do it often so you know what you can do.

Listen to your DR but listen to your body as well.

What ever you do Cat we are here to support you 150% and cheer you on.

I know you will do what ever you set your mind to.

GO CAT GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FIENDISHSARAH 10/19/2009 10:45AM

    You're a very busy girl, so kudos to you for keeping up with all of this at one time!! I know I'd sure be overwhelmed! You seem to have your goals laid out very nicely in front of you though, which is an awesome attitude to have. I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again- you're an inspiring girl and I love having you as a friend. Keep positive and I know you'll do fantastic! emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 10/19/2009 8:33AM

    Wow - you have an excellent plan. I'm sure you can do it!

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LADY_KATHY 10/19/2009 8:32AM

    you can do it. It's GREAT that you have specific goals written out. Keep them in front of you and you CAN do them. : ) I know you can... best wishes....

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GXROXY 10/18/2009 9:11PM

    Cat,
You once again have inspired me tp keep going. You and your plan are in my thoughts and prayers. We can do this!

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HRDWLBY 10/18/2009 8:46PM

    Cat,

You have accomplished so much! Moving and living in various foreign countries is a feat in itself. It sounds like you have developed some good strategies to help you move ahead in your life. Take care of yourself sobthat you are healthy enough to run your next race!

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ESBELL 10/18/2009 4:43PM

    Cat - you are such a wonderful and vibrant person. You deserve to be first in line in your life. I hope that you do take the time to put yourself first for a while. That alone will forward all your other pursuits.

I'm in for a food log as well - I haven't been doing it, and it shows on the scale right now.

Let's do it together, 'k?

And while running ToT will be an awesome experience, please don't hurt yourself any further by pushing to hard to get on that plane!

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JUSTKIMBERLY 10/18/2009 1:07PM

    Just know you have all my support and love. emoticon

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DANIMITE2 10/18/2009 1:02PM

    CAT,
If anyone can do this, its you. Yes, you have health issues slowing you down, but you have an incredible resolve on your side. Every step forward is an advancement, no matter how small.
I, too, recommend Flylady. There's even a Spark Team for her, although I know you don't need any more teams!
And you have to stop worrying so much about others and focus on YOU. Spark Teams are supposed to be just that - a TEAM. You and Bonnie can't pull the weight for everyone. You don't have to take on all the responsibility all the time. AND, like we've talked about in the wee hours of the morning in California, you can't want it for everyone else. They have to want it for themselves.
You are such an encourager! I could not ask for a better HOH, or a better Spark Friend. But, like I've told you in about 10 blogs, 10 chats, and several face-to-face conversations, you have to take care of YOU too.
These goals are awesome, and I'm so proud of you for creating a "doable" plan! You can do this...You are AMAZING!

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CJBAGGINS 10/18/2009 10:36AM

    As you've often told me, Cat, having a plan is the first step. I wish you well in achieving those broken-down (car trouble anyone?) goals. Remember, you need to do this. For you. You're worth it!

All the best, dear.

cj

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50FITNFUN 10/17/2009 10:37PM

    LOVE THIS BLOG POSTING!! Cat, you are an inspiration to many, now it's time to be an inspiration for yourself. Laying your goals out into manageable steps will get you where you want to go. It won't be easy, but then, nothing worth having is easy to achieve. The advice posted by RAZMATAZ*SHAZAM seems to be very good; I may find myself employing a few of those tactics as well! You can do this, and you have plenty of friends in your corner cheering you on...including me! you go girl! emoticon

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FITTYTIF 10/17/2009 10:27PM

    Sounds like you have a plan. May I also suggest, Flylady.co to help you with your clutter and unpacking. And Pam whom flylady is an extension from has a new book to help with your debt! http://www.thegetoutofdebtbook.org/

I also understand that this book is a big help with other life getting in order. I not personally listened to it yet how ever I know those who have and besides it helping with there debt they have found it to help with theit wieght. I am debt free how ever I am considering listening to it as well. Maybe we can start a book club :)
Also you are right 100lbs is too daunting. However 10 lbs at a time is much more reasonable.
Pam (Mentioned above have this daily message that goes out in email on one day she sent a message about a story of some one wanting to lose weight and 5lb bags of flour! I wish I could find the full story for you but I am little bit of it on my spark page. Which is also the idea behind my back ground picture!

as for the injury! I feel for you I so wanted to do the Disneyland 5K and did not make it but that is my goal for next year. So hang on to those goals. We are going to make it!!!!!

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FIRENUT34 10/17/2009 9:51PM

    Sounds like your getting well organized to me. I hope you can make it to the Tower of Terror. Can't wait to see you there.

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BOVEY63 10/17/2009 9:36PM

    Sounds to me like you've got a great plan and plenty of motivation. You can do it!
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DISPATCH91 10/17/2009 8:35PM

    Good for you. You do so much for everyone else you have forgotten to take care of yourself. Little steps, baby steps first, just like you did when you began to run. A little at a time.

You can do this, sweet friend.

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 10/17/2009 4:56PM

    Wow, you are a real go-getter!

I think most people in your situation (all that moving around!) would have *gained* weight and not gotten in even one ounce of fitness. Instead, you have transformed yourself into an athlete (I am serious about that title!!). Give yourself credit! :)

Just because you may not be able to do the night race this year doesn't mean you won't be able to do it another year. You have a long life of running fun ahead of you! :D

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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL 10/17/2009 3:05PM

    Cat, I am IMPRESSED.

1st- LOVE how you broke down the 100 lbs into a 'do-able' 10 lbs 10X's. I am sooo using THIS!!

2nd- Listing your priorities- a few suggestions........?

Finance
s- Double your payment. If that's not do-able' keep chipping away at it with an extra $10+ each month. Put all loose change in a jar and when it gets full, take it to the bank, and apply it to the debt. Remove subscriptions to magazines, movies, cable (or whatever you're willing to sacrifice) and start applying that money to the debt.

Home- If you don't have a portable kitchen timer, buy one. Start by walking into your WORSE room in your house. Stand there scanning the room. What is the WORSE 'thing' IN that room to you? Set the timer on 15 min (no more) and see how much 'stuff' you can get done in that room b4 the timer goes off. NOW, go to the next WORSE room (if you're not done, don't worry, you'll be back tomorrow) and begin. Continue to use your timer each day, each room, each WORSE, for 15 min.

Tower of Terror Race- Walmart.com: Gold's Gym Inversion Table: Exercise & Fitness. I know you're talking about debt, Cat, and this is $119.77, but... READ the comments and consider the alternatives. Purchasing this may have a two-fold benefit, Cat, and LOWER your medical tail-spin.

http://www.walmar
t.com/Golds-Gym-Inversion-Table
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3rd & last is, your Timeline- I think you've got a gr8 handle on this, Cat, but I want to add my 2 cents worth on your #3 & #4.

#3 Professional- Try this. Schedule 1 hour each early morning, or break it up into 1/2 hour morning, and 1/2 hour evening, STUDY time. That's gonna' WHACK 7 hours off of that 10, leaving 3 hours. If you can swing an afternoon STUDY during lunch, there's another 2.5 hours off. I think you can whip that on your Saturday or Sunday, Cat.

#4 Emotional- Last, but certainly NOT least. YOU (like sooo many of us, Cat) have put yourself LAST on the list. TRY cutting your selected teams in HALF for starters. This will be hard because it IS 'emotional' but... you must focus on WHERE you get your MOST happiness. Eliminating the rest doesn't mean you're abandoning anyone. IF... they are friends... they'll swing by your page & blogs... if not... then don't worry about it.

Love, yer'
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(. (. *Annie

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DISPATCHER04 10/17/2009 3:00PM

    Cat, you have really put some time and effort into the planning. That's half the battle done right there. You can do this!

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COLEISMYSOUL 10/17/2009 2:35PM

    I know when you set your mind to do something you can do it. Like you said you did the princess run and completed it. What a goal to achieve with the odds having been laid against you. So, I know that you can and will succeed with your new goals. You are your best supporter! I have the faith and confidence that you will succeed. I hope you are feeling better soon - epsolm salt baths will help the healing process. You, as always, have me in your corner cheering you on - you can do this!

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KIMCATUS 10/17/2009 2:05PM

    I think it sounds like a great plan and if ANYONE can do it I know you can!!! You still amaze me and inspire me everyday with everything you go through!! Ouch on the tailbone...I cracked mine many years ago (like 30) and it STILL aches so I know that pain. :( Anywho I know you can do this...you're a strong woman to needs to remember to put yourself first!!! *HUGS*

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 10/17/2009 1:22PM

    Isn't it interesting that once we take ourselves out of the equation, things kind of go to pot? Good on you for putting yourself back in. I know you can do this-just look at all the things you've accomplished so far! This realization you've got here is one powerful tool in your arsenal for success. You're going to make it!!!

Love ya!!

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 10/17/2009 1:14PM

    wow hey girl excellent goals and you got "something big" (think along IF you were a guy lol) to post it. I am afraid to even blogg anymore cause everytime it is a happy one I swear I defeat myself. GOOD LUCK GIRL

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SUETINGE 10/17/2009 1:09PM

    Wonderful goals, Cat. I love the way you've broken them down in to do-able steps. It's time for me to do some re-evaluating and goal setting as well.

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SIXFULLERS 10/17/2009 12:20PM

    I like your mindset. I hear echoes of an old me. Where did I go???? Thanks for the shake to bring me back to the present.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/17/2009 10:35AM

    you are inspiring me to make a list too, and i think the small goals are just the ticket!!!
thank you...and i still think you rock!!

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AMUNET_RA 10/17/2009 10:18AM

    Excellent goals, Cat! I love breaking it down...I think I need to take things one step at a time, too!

You know that I am here for what ever you need. If you want to share your food logs, or keep on you about sleep or whatever!!

((HUGS)) pinkies!!!

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DEBULACLARK 10/17/2009 9:01AM

    Cat - I am so here with you....I feel the same way. I've met you and many other wonderful people. I love Hogwarts and my other teams, but I haven't lost any weight either....I love what you just did to prioritize things...and you've inspired me to do it over the weekend..(I was supposed to do something similar last weekend but it never happened) and I will pinkie swear with you and Bonnie that I want to get this weight off and I will be there to support you both too!....xoxo

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FITKAT2010 10/17/2009 8:43AM

    Where is accepting support from others, especially here on Spark?

You are a member of the JUST DO IT! team. I would recommend that you put daily interaction in this team and all others you have joined as a to-do of top priority.

What I gather is you are use to being on your own when it comes to goals. That is a recipe for staying where you have been.

I am not disregarding what you have achieved. I am adding to what you want to accomplish. YOU have to do it, but, you can't do it ALONE.

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INDIE_V 10/17/2009 6:11AM

    First of all, congratulations on all you've achieved. They're certainly no small things to have achieved in 800 days. You should also add to that list the courage and inspiration you give to others every day by trying your best, by giving good advice and by being a great friend. I know I wouldn't still be here trying if it wasn't for your words of wisdom!

Secondly, well done for a well made plan. It certainly looks feasible to me and I'm sure you can do it if you set your mind to it. (hey, that rhymes!) I look forward to visiting your blog again in 100 days (not that I won't visit before but you know...) and reading everything you've achieved!

Huge hug!
~Vera~

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FLOWHITE1 10/17/2009 5:47AM

    you have a great plan

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Blisters, Buddies, Bling, and sneaky Business

Sunday, September 13, 2009



I love it when a plan comes together. emoticon

Last weekend, a number of Disney Distance sparkers came together in Disneyland for the race weekend. It wasn't always fun, but it was memorable!

Friday

MAPLELEAFMOM, IZZYBUBBLES, DANIMITE2 and I had dinner in a restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It was a lovely way to begin the festivities.



Of course, as much as we enjoyed the food, it was the bling that was the weekend's real motivation, and DANI was ready!



Unfortunately, the Beirut - Frankfurt - Boston - Washington - Charlotte - Los Angeles routing over a few days had left me stiff and gimpy. My injured knee was acting stroppy and giving me doubts. At the Expo, I discovered an ace bandage wrap that was soaked in lineament or something equally stinky. DANI almost passed out from the sinus-clearing smell, but it really did wonders for the knee.

Saturday - the 5K

We warmed up with a gentle 5K. Unlike the congenial atmosphere of the Princess race in March, there was loads of pushing, shoving, elbows, and uncouth language, even though it was billed as a "family fun run". Dani and Della could have jetted off and been done in five minutes, but they stayed with me as I tested my knee and worked out the kinks. We enjoyed company and conversation and finished in 51 minutes, or about a 16:30/mile pace.



A long time friend and her mother had visited me in Tunis earlier this year. I was surprised to learn that my friend had been inspired by my running and had run four marathons. "Mom" got all excited while she was visiting and decided to do the Disneyland 5K. She did great, and we all went out for a fun-filled character breakfast afterwards.





Two old friends of ours who live in LA also joined us. Neither of them is much interested in anything that requires physical exertion, but being good sports they oohed and ahhed over the cute little 5K medals. Mila announced that a half MARATHON was simply out of the question - she was going to invent the Half MILE race. We'd run around her block, she'd give us medals, and then we could all have a BBQ. emoticon

The Disney Distance Spark team met on Saturday for pre-race food and laughs. IZZY and Della (MAPLE) made light of their height difference.





Yeah, we were all smiles then. Little did I know ...

Sunday - Race Day



DANI and I goofed off before the race. My knee was feeling better, and I was feeling pumped for the race. We lined up in the front of Corral D because there is a pace requirement for Disney races, and I didn't want to risk getting taken off the course.

The race began well enough. I ran the first two miles at a 14:30 pace. Then the problems began.

Mile 3 - blisters. By the end of the race, I had a blood blister on one toe, blisters across the bottoms of my feet, and along the outsides. When I later went to see a doctor, he was surprised at how deep they went, much to my discomfort. I didn't quit, but I stopped running and just tried to walk fast enough to keep ahead of the pacers.

Mile 6 - I saw the pacers for the first time. They assured me that I was still ahead of pace -- but not by much. I redoubled my efforts and limped faster.

Mile 8 - The pacers told me I was now behind pace. However, they did not remove me from the course, so I kept going.

We ran through the Magic Kingdom early in the race and were then out on the streets of Anaheim. The local people came out and livened things up with marching bands, cheer squads, funny signs, a mariachi band, and even Polynesian dancers! (I thought of you, HELEN!) The volunteers were incredibly encouraging and friendly and kept me on the course when my body was begging to quit. In fact, truth be told, I was hurting so much by mile 8 that I was secretly hoping the pacers would take me off the course. I was too proud to quit, but I really didn't want to keep going.

In Mile 9, we ran through the big baseball stadium. (Is that Honda Stadium?) They packed it with thousands of boy scouts, etc. When we entered the arena, they announced our names and fun facts about us, and we ran the field, our pictures were on the jumbotron, and the crowd cheered and screamed like we were winning. I got a huge cheer, but I think it's because I entered with a 73-year old man ... who later passed me! Energized by the crowds, I tried picking up the pace -- and my left calf promptly began to spasm. The right soon joined.

Both calves spasmed through the rest of the race. I hobbled onwards. in Mile 10, the pacers told me that they needed to open up the road, and did I want to come off the course? I looked from them to the two police officers blocking the road and took off across the street, with the cops both screaming, "That's right! you go, girl!" The pacers sighed and made a point of slowly tying their shoes and other things to delay catching up to me.

I cried and trudged through a couple more miles. In Mile 12, the pacers came up to me and asked if I could finish. I simply hadn't come all that way to fail and asked to stay on the course. They let me.

I was hurting so much that I completed that final mile at a 27-minute mile pace. I couldn't even run across the finish line. I was so exhausted and in such pain that I seriously wondered how I was going to manage to get back to my room.



Imagine my surprise when I saw IZZY, DANI, and MAPLE waiting for me! They'd finished ages earlier but had kindly hung around, waiting for me! The medics iced the more problematic leg, the ladies guided me to the medals, and I tried to stop crying long enough to pose.



I honestly don't know what I would have done without them.


Just one of the many

Once I'd decided that I would, in fact, live, it was time to celebrate. DANi and I went out for a fancy dinner. I'd burned over 3200 calories on the course, so I felt entitled to eat pretty much anything I wanted to. (But I didn't eat dessert!)



Here I am, celebrating by trying to turn the "Cal" in "California" into "Cat"! emoticon





I wasn't done having fun with Sparkfriends yet! I flew from Los Angeles to Washington because Hogwarts friend BEXTRESS was getting married on 09/09/09.



JUSTKIMBERLY and I conspired to crash her wedding. JKIM met me at the metro, and we GPSed our way to the right courthouse. We had some trouble finding the correct building and room, but we made it, and boy was BEXY surprised! When we strolled in and announced ourselves (by Sparkname, of course), she looked utterly gobsmacked!



Look at that beautiful bride with the cute dimples! That's our BEXY! Then JKIM, BEXY, her new DH and I all went out to breakfast.



This trip was really hard in some ways, but it was also tremendous fun to see IZZY, DANI, and Della (MAPLE) again, as well as meet JKIM and BEX and the Disney Distancers in person. I consider myself lucky to know so many terrific Sparkers in real life now, and I've already begun scheming as to how to meet others!

  
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SLCOLMAN 10/4/2009 7:06PM

    You are such an inspiration!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the 1/2 despite it all!!!!!!
Sounds like a truly awesome trip overall!

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LIVESTRONGH2 9/21/2009 6:52PM

    Wow! What an awesome blog! You should be soooooooooooooooo proud of yourself! I had tears in my eyes reading the part about you running through the stadium and the crowd cheering you on! I'm amazed! I'm going to Disney World in November for my 30th bday. I won't be running any 1/2 marathons though! I only live 2.5 hours from Disney! I can't wait!!!! CONGRATS TO YOU!

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LIMELITESHINES 9/21/2009 4:08PM

    Ohhhh Cat. (((HUGS))) I don't think there is any more motivational person here on Sparks than you. You rally people together, you push yourself to do amazing things.

I hope, that sometime in the future that you are able to cross through Cleveland, because meeting you would definitely be a wonderful time!!!!! We can get a whole Spark Party together. *grin*

SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!! You have true grit my girl!

~Mere

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DANIMITE2 9/21/2009 11:54AM

    First and foremost, the pictures do NOT do the blisters justice. Ow and yuck...thats all I have to say about that!

Secondly, I had an AMAZING time with you! I'm so glad we were able to room together and share this experience! It will always be one of my fondest memories.

And by the way, I would have sat there all day waiting for you. I'm so happy to call you my friend!

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FITTYTIF 9/19/2009 10:55PM

    Okay I may not have been there with you (I was only 10 minutes away though :(
But reading your blog had me in tears!!! WAY TO GO!!! I AM so proud of you for making it through to the end.
WOW you did a whole half marathon. I was only hoping to the 5K at disney and did not make that.

I hope next year if you do this again I will be able to meet up with you and your friends. I live close by and my goal is to do the 5K

WAY TO GO GIRL!!!


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INDIE_V 9/16/2009 5:28AM

    Really really well done on the race! You really make me want to start running/walking!! emoticon I hope your feet are feeling better. When's the next one?

I'm so jealous that you got to meet all those people from SP. Bexy looks absolutely beautiful!

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SWEETSWEETPEA 9/15/2009 1:38PM

    Wow.. What an inspirational story. I just started running this year and completed my first 5K. My dream is to hopefully run a 1/2 marathon in Disney world in either 2011 or 2012. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope your feet healed! Congratulations on finishing and getting your metal!

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ZIRCADIA 9/14/2009 8:17PM

    I almost cried reading your tale of the half!!! You are such a tough cookie, and a true inspiration. *HUGSHUGSHUGSHUGSHUGS* Also - BEXY and her man are too freaking adorable -- she looks gorgeous, he's cute, and a cute couple. YAY for them! AND YOU MY FINE FRIEND!!!!!!! I don't think I've ever really seen a picture of you before. You are so freaking cute!!! :D Why did I not realize you were a blonde??? Anyway. I love your smile and it's so good to see you!!!! Someday we will meet!

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FIENDISHSARAH 9/14/2009 3:10PM

    You are truly an inspiration Cat and I am so happy to call you my friend. Next time I whine about a workout I'm gonna take a look at that blister of yours !! O_o

You're an amazingly strong woman, and I am gonna try the hardest I can to be up to par and be able to run the BLUENOSE with you when the time comes. There's no way in heck I'm missing that!!

I truly enjoyed reading this! Only thing better would to have been there with you!!

Love you!! xo

(PS- were the police officers smexy? emoticon)

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IZZYBUBBLES 9/14/2009 1:35PM

    Awww, I got all weepy reading this...so many good memories of this race. I'm a little sad that I missed out on doing the 5k with all of you, I won't do that again! And I really wish I would have been there to see the interaction with the sweepers and those police officers, I can TOTALLY picture those officers in my head cheering you on as you were running away from the sweepers! How great is that?

Ugh on the blisters but yay on that fabulous drink you were having! And what fun to have crashed Bexy's wedding, I bet she loved that! What a way to make a special day even more special. You're one amazing woman! Hope that I get to do lots more races with you in the future. emoticon

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SUETINGE 9/14/2009 11:43AM

    What an amazing trip you had. I cried when i read parts of it, but your words stuck with me and a when I wanted to wimp out during this morning's walk, I thought of you and actually picked my pace up. Any plans to do the St. Louis marathon?



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SHORTTOOTH1 9/14/2009 9:58AM

    OMG, that sounds like an amazing trip. How much fun was it to meet so many sparkfriends!? I LOVE the wedding crashers story.

The only part that could have used some improvement was the whole foot pain thing. Have you ever gotten your running shoes fit by a professional? One of my runner friends swears by what they told her about how her feet work. You are definately not missing in determination!

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NEWSTART127 9/14/2009 2:17AM

    Your blogs always seem to make me cry! You are AMAZING!!!! Your whole experience is wonderful and I'm sure that you motivated sooooo many people by pushing through the pain and finishing the race! YOU totally are a Princess! emoticon

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NIMAWEYGH 9/13/2009 10:52PM

    I hardly noticed that blister as I was to taken with the terrific toenail polish...................owwwwww ahhhhhhhh SEXY!

You know girl you just down right amaze me and I am so proud of you for "trudging on" and going the distance. This is proof to you that there is NOTHING you can't do if you set your mind to it.

And if ever your around Arkansas you come on and visit. Or a bunch of us want to meet in Orlando at the new Potter theme in Disney, you meet us all there.

I want you to know I have so much respect for all you did. YOU REALLY ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugs and emoticon Nimma

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AMUNET_RA 9/13/2009 9:45PM

    I am so proud of you, Sweetie! Although I keep wincing every time I look at that blister! ow Ow Ow!!!!

You're a true friend and a true inspiration!

((HUGS))

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50FITNFUN 9/13/2009 8:25PM

    Your recount has left me all choked up with happiness for you, my friend. Even knowing already that you had finished, as I read about the pacers telling you you were too slow, I was in suspense about what would happen next. When you wrote of the girls waiting for you at the finish line, I got the warm fuzzies all over. I've said it before and I'll say it again...these are the best team mates ever!

Cat, I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to sharing the Tower of Terror 13K race experience with you in October. You are the picture of determination and a true inspiration to those of us fortunate to know you. emoticon

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 9/13/2009 7:23PM

    I am SO proud of you, my friend!! Just look at what you've accomplished! You're amazing! (and your toenail color is fabulous!)

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FLORIDAFAN 9/13/2009 6:09PM

    I am so glad that you stuck it through and finished the race. You are amazing.......as far as the blister pictures.....ooowwwww! emoticon

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HRDWLBY 9/13/2009 5:04PM

    Cat,

The pictures are great! It's always nice to see what the people on SP look like. It's wonderful you were all able to race together!

You are such an inspiration to finish despite all the pain you were in!!! emoticon

It's nice you thought of me when you saw the Polynesian dancers although I'm really a rank amateur compared to the dancers Disney has.

Thanks for sharing the pic of Bexy and her new DH. She does look beautiful!

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DEBULACLARK 9/13/2009 4:41PM

    I am so glad you finished. Like I said - you are my hero!! It is uber-awesome that you and JKIM got to BEXY's wedding too! How fun!!

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COLEISMYSOUL 9/13/2009 4:39PM

    All I can say is - you are remarkable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MSEMBERSTORM 9/13/2009 4:37PM

    CAT I sit her in tears just reading this. You really are inspiring. You are an amazing person and I hope you know that you push really is awesome. You are wonderful! Keep moving forward! You will do this!

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KIMCATUS 9/13/2009 3:35PM

    Awwww you are truly one amazing lady...you know that?? There's nothing on here that I could say that hasn't been said, so I'll just say you truly inspire me to never ever quit! Love ya!!! *HUGS*

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CJBAGGINS 9/13/2009 3:19PM

    Wow. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You truly inspire me.

I am so very pleased that the pacers did NOT remove you from the course and you could once again assert that you had given your all and finished another half marathon! I suspect that they, too, considered you an inspiration and realized your determination to finish at all costs.

emoticon - chocolate bar guy just for you.

cj
eta - and I love Mila's idea for a race. Let's do hers next time, 'kay?

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FIRENUT34 9/13/2009 1:40PM

    OMG what a story! Unless I have a bone protruding through my skin, I will never quit again. That was so inspirational. I really enjoyed meeting you guys on the Saturday and can't wait till the ToT where I won't have the in-laws rushing me and can stay longer. Izzy was just behind me at the end and I didn't see her. I did run into THSLogan. I was about 15 feet from the front in coral D and missed you guys. I think the nerves of running it was one problem in the beginning and the holy crap I did it was at the end. Hope to see you guys soon. Barry
P.S. Hope your feet and knees are better now.

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RAVEN1025 9/13/2009 12:27PM

    I am so insanely proud of you. It would have been easy to quit, but you hung in there.

When I see you at ToT, I am going to give you the biggest (belated) congratulatory hug ever!!!!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/13/2009 12:14PM

    I am awed and inspired. I honestly dont know as i could have done it!! i'm glad the pacers were nice and let you go on..you deserve to win it ALL!!
ok off my fat ass and on to greater things! wish there was some way i could win a medal for something and stand along side you!
Love you!

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BRAVAH 9/13/2009 12:01PM

    You are such an inspiration! My eyes are brimming with tears of joy. I am so proud of you for finishing the race - especially through all of your obstacles and physical difficulties! You are truly an amazing woman! I would be honored to be among those sparkers that you eventually meet in person.

Thank you for sharing your stories with me, and for being a friend!

love,
Heidi

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MAPLELEAFMOM 9/13/2009 9:22AM

    I LOVED meeting up with you and the other ladies! I can't wait to do it again emoticon You are an AMAZING person with a dedication and drive that inspires me and so many others around the world !!! ROFL about being a wedding crasher though!!

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