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Laminate Skater Squats Boogie

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I've been appreciative of Mother Nature NOT teasing me with fine biking weather today...lol! Chilly 40's, snow on the car this a.m., can't remember the last time we had snow in May!

After our Mother's Day outing I got to taking care of some housework, including cleaning our laminate floors, which we had put in place last year. Although I LOVE the look of the laminate, I have yet to find a satisfactory way to clean them so that they have that impressive sheen they seemed to have in the store, despite following the directions. What I HAVE found that helps is to have nice white, absorbent socks on and to go over the floor with my feet to buff them to look better. Problem is, I usually don't have time to do this. But as I've been looking for alternatives to biking I thought 'what the heck?' Put on my mp3 player, boogied and buffed the floors with these skater squat type of movements:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es.asp?exercise=112


Worked up a nice sweat to some of my oldies like David Byrne's Desconocido Soy (no, I have NO idea what the title or words to this song are all about...it's just a fun tune to MOVE to...lol!)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7-KpbLv4-8
I can even enjoy some fun with the Jackson 5...yes, the disco era left it's stamp... www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjW1iq4IO2k

Later I put together my batch of hummus
( recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=103857
) for the week...I take it into work with fresh veggies for lunch. It's become my healthier alternative to cheese. I like to have fun customizing it each time I make it.

Today? I had soaked some Roman beans overnight...I enjoy trying a different bean each time I make hummus, black beans, garbanzo, pinto, whathaveyou... here's an interesting reference for beans: www.foodsubs.com/Beans.html

I never buy canned beans...avoid the BPA, save money and soak those dry beans!

Swapped out the sour cream for nonfat plain yogurt.

Instead of adding onion and garlic to this fresh I sauteed them first... tones down their bite. Had an old shriveled up yellow bell pepper, what the heck, in it goes! And then for a different tweak I noticed I had one too many apples getting a bit long in the tooth...diced 'er up and threw it in the pan too!

While running it through the food processor I jazzed it up with some crushed red pepper and a HEAVY dose of black pepper along with the cumin. I'm pretty liberal with the lemon juice too.

For pretty low cost I've got a stash of hummus that'll see me through the week!

Must run now, another round of stretches await as does physical therapy tomorrow morning @ 7:30! Hoping to consider resuming some of my former activities soon...will test the waters with shorter distances first.

Next weekend is our local Obesity Walk, which I'm hoping to join in with (c'mon all you locals...!) some others from our Binghamton Area Losers. They have a 1 mile & 3 mile walk as well as a 5k run.

Make it a SPARKIN' Week everyone! :-)

Don

  
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SATYAGRAHA 5/12/2010 9:09AM

    Look at you go buffin' those floors and making your hummus! Maybe you could do both at the same time! At least that's the image I have in my head right now. emoticon Running around the kitchen, buffing the floors, and throwing stuff in the food processor all while jamming to some disco. emoticon

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MSAGER2 5/10/2010 4:51PM

    So how long do I soak beans and then how long do I cook them? I love to add them to my dishes, but I will admit I usually use canned.

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L*I*T*A* 5/10/2010 11:41AM

    what a great solution...........
way to go!!!
have a great week....
blessings and hugs....lita

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ZELLAZM 5/10/2010 6:50AM

    I'm in big batch mode myself today...you may have inspired me to make a batch of hummus, too. Chili is on now...back to the kitchen to stir and check.

Hope you continue to heal up well. Great example of making lemonade out of the sciatica lemons!

Blessings in the new week,
Michelle

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DONNELDA22 5/10/2010 6:15AM

    Hi Don: Thanks for all the great ideas to make a variety of different hummas. Never thought of using different beans. Great idea.
Hope you are back in action soon. emoticon

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MIZZSB 5/10/2010 4:07AM

    good for you Don!
We have laminate as well and it doesnt shine as the store shows either..

how is the pain?

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COLOURFULME 5/10/2010 1:30AM

    Good solution for exercise!!
Love it!!

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SUZIAND 5/9/2010 10:43PM

    hehehe...I'm imagining you buffing the floors with your socks...jamming to disco! That's awesome! Maybe I should start cleaning my hardwood floor that way!

Man I wish I lived in your area... I would LOVE to do all these walks with ya! And I wish I liked hummus and/or beans in any shape or form! lol !!

Have a wonderful week, Don! I hope your PT goes well!!!

/hugs,
Suz

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The Miracle of Modern Medicine...!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

It's been a nice bounce back with the steroid (Medrol) I've been taking. I'm not making the assumption that I'm CURED by no means, but the pain relief has been striking. The first day of having this sciatica I could not even walk upstairs to our 2nd floor. By the end of the next day I had gone up & down the stairs without a problem several times. Today I mowed our lawn with our reel (non-powered) mower. Feeling some twinges tonight as I've probably pushed myself a bit too far. I'll be quizzing the physical therapist BIGTIME tomorrow as I'd like to know what activities I can pursue, what to avoid. I'm fearing the bike may be problematic given the sciatic nerve that seems most affected runs from my *buttock* (hello sit-bone!) down my leg.

At least I was able to attain some speedy relief!

Now if only Mother Nature wouldn't tease me with some mighty fine biking weather...! :-)

Don

  
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COLOURFULME 5/9/2010 5:38AM

    Hope you ae feeling much better after a few day! I know it is terrible. It can take up to months before it heals. Hope it will be much sooner for you!!! Take care as I have written before!!! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 5/8/2010 11:44AM

    Don! Sorry to hear about the sciatica but glad to hear you're healing well. (Just now checking blogs that have back-logged since Tuesday!) Have a happy, healthy weekend in spite of this setback - I know it won't slow you down for long!

Michelle


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JCORYCMA 5/8/2010 12:51AM

    Having had sciatic pain and finally herniated disk surgery I can sympathize! A pack of frozen peas on the back sure helped as the cold worked wonders on the inflammation. Take it easy! I'm sorry I missed your earlier posts. For some reason, I don't always get e-mailed notifications of the blogs I subscribe to!
Keep us posted on your recovery.
Joanne

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LUREAH21 5/7/2010 2:59PM

    Hope you can get back on the bike again sometime soon!

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LADYGWEN25 5/7/2010 12:49PM

    glad you're feeling better too Don... I have sciatica as well...lying down verses sitting helps ALOT... so when i'm watching TV.. i no longer sit in the recliner but stretch out on the couch....i know there are stretches that help relieve it... alot are yoga related.. and since i've started doing yoga daily...nary a twinge.. But make sure you heal first...Glad you're on the mend. :)

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2010 12:08PM

    glad things are looking up and you have an asnwer to get better soon..........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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FRECKS96 5/7/2010 9:51AM

    Glad you're feeling better and I hope it continues!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/7/2010 9:28AM

    So glad that the meds are helping. It is good that they are helping and not doing nadda. YEAH. Yup I probably would hold off on the biking bit until you get the green light. I know as "painful" as it is to be sitting idle while nature is saying come bike out here with me, it is far better to wait a short time than to exacerbate the problem to bigger proportions.

Take care and hope you can go biking sooner than later.

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SATYAGRAHA 5/7/2010 8:35AM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better, but I definitely thing quizzing the PT is a must. You don't want to push yourself too hard!

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HOPE2BE 5/7/2010 8:02AM

    I've never found relief from sciatic pain unless I go to the chiropractor. I'm glad you found relief. The medicine is nice to get rid of the pain but I would still ask the Dr. what you can or can't do.

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FERRETLOVER1 5/7/2010 7:45AM

    Thank goodness for medicine! Now just take it easy, okay? Be sure you are okay before you try to ride that bike again!

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AMABILE75 5/7/2010 7:36AM

    I'm so glad you were able to get some relief from the pain. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you can get back to that bike soon. :)

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CARRIE1948 5/7/2010 7:25AM

    Don't you just love medral? It's mu drug of choice.

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MIZZSB 5/7/2010 4:21AM

    Im glad to hear that your pain is getting less...

take your rest!!

ps. i saw you on the video thats on sparkguy's blog last september ...;)

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DRASADAF 5/7/2010 2:51AM

    wow,thats great...have a great day

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TRAINOF4 5/7/2010 1:16AM

    Blech - sciatica. Can relate. Hope you can get the problem under control quickly & off the meds - they aren't any fun for the long term (can you say "FEED ME"?)

Mine makes my foot itch. Totally annoying. Hope the physical therapist can provide you with good stretches & exercises to help control the problem.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/6/2010 11:50PM

    Hmmmm...I never let the sciatica stop me *much*...slow down a bit for a few days (never took any meds regardless of the pain levels) and I have always found it to be fast-healing, assuming I allowed it to heal.

I always found yoga asana VERY helpful, e.g.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VMb
pM7riZI

Speedy recovery, dear Don!
Maha

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Sciatica

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Saw my doc this a.m. and things are pointing toward sciatica of some sort...looks to me from my 'net research and the symptoms I'm having to be of the Piriform's variety, however I'm no medical professional. Will be seeing a physical therapist Fri. a.m., hoping for some help there...have had great assistance from Physical Therapists in the past.

Found some helpful info / tips @ CoolRunning.com:

www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_5/193
.shtml


The pain is somewhat less today, I think rest and caution are helping.

I have to chuckle some over all the potentially risky things I do...whizzing down hills on my bike at high speeds, dealing with traffic; possibly tripping and tangling my limbs in cross country skis and everything else...surviving this all to be hung up by something else altogether!

Thx everyone for the well wishes...!

Don

  
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AMETHYST0809 5/11/2010 8:46AM

    Sorry to hear you are still hurting Don! I look forward to your "exploits" with the bike and poles.... :) My son is having major problems with his back right now, related to a herniated disc at the L3,4,5; he is large and they are talking about him haviong lap band surgery to help with weight loss before doing anything else. He is in a lot of pain, and doesn't like to push himself, so exercise will probably be minimal for a while. They are sending him a pain clinic, so I'm hoping that once he gets more comfortable, he'll want to get out and move around some more. Is anybody familiar with Dr. Tvetenstrand's bariatric surgery clinic? Other recommendations for doctors who do that kind of surgery? I will encourage him to get on the Spark in the meantime! Good luck with your problem Don! We're rooting for you to get better!

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BARBARA_BOO 5/11/2010 1:38AM

    I had something similar in 2002.

The pains would radiate from my sit bone down my right leg, not the left. Doctors called mine "spondelolysis", wanted to fuse my 4th &5th lumbar vertebrae, sent me home with an exercise sheet, a diet and a back brace. I avoided surgery.

I have since had an inflamed piriformis on the right side, during a time when I was taking several dance classes a week (4 yrs ago). My doctor called the piriformis problem "ballet butt", since many dancers suffer from it. (I'm sure you will find it amusing to tell people you have "ballet butt".) Weekly pilates classes with a very good professional for the past 4 yrs has kept the piriformis quiet. No more spondelolysis, either. PT will do wonders for you. Take care of your A$$.

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FRECKS96 5/6/2010 10:46PM

    Oh, that stinks. I really hope that PT helps and that you're feeling better soon. Take care of yourself. Your bike and walking poles will be lonely without you!

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AMABILE75 5/6/2010 7:24AM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you that all works out well and quickly!! Keep us posted!!!

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DRASADAF 5/6/2010 4:27AM

    oh i am really sorry to hear about this...take great care of yourself emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/6/2010 12:56AM

    so sorry to hear................
at least you know what it is...........
and can do something to make it better.........
take care..........wishing you well soon.....
blessings and hugs............lita

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 5/6/2010 12:48AM

    I hope all goes well with the physical therapist, Don! Sad to hear that you're having pain, and I hope that you can keep safe while still being active.

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SMILINGBREYES 5/5/2010 11:49PM

    I have this ever since I try to pull a skid of ice that melted to the cooler floor. Should have used the power jack but instead used the manual one and pull did I in the wrong place, my lower back. Physical therapy (PT) goes a long way in helping! First one I had was young but EXCELLENT. Caught that I have two problems not one. One leg is shorter than the other. Every so often my back goes out along with the leg.

Try the heating pad and laying flat on the back with NO pillow. Helps me loads. Its painful I know. Brought tears to my eyes and this from a gal who has a high tolerance of pain.

Feel better and hoping the PT gives you some GREAT stretching exercise to make the pain go away quicker!

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HAPPYMOM8 5/5/2010 10:43PM

    So sorry! Sounds awful. but glad you are getting help. docs seem to do wonders in no time these days.
thanks for the goodie
Pat

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JOY1918 5/5/2010 9:33PM

    Yup nerve pain is no fun. I have a disc issue and can relate. I have really pushed myself this past month with cardio and weight training and now am paying for it. Ice, naprosyn, and rest sure do help.

Good luck, hope all goes well with PT.


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SATYAGRAHA 5/5/2010 8:55PM

    Bummer! Hope you get well soon! Take good care of yourself!

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COLOURFULME 5/5/2010 6:34PM

    Yikes! Don't like to be right!
Take care!! emoticon

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SIRCATNIP1 5/5/2010 6:33PM

    Hope you feel better

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SVELTINGTON 5/5/2010 6:09PM

    emoticon emoticon
Take it easy and get well soon!

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WILLOW49 5/5/2010 5:37PM

    You should listen to your son, after all he's a neurosurgical PA!

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_VALEO_ 5/5/2010 5:06PM

    I feel for you, I had one and was a physical wreck during months.
Yet your tub remedy is a good solution, I remember how better I felt in water (the only sport I could do was aquafitness.)

Wish you a speedy recovery.

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MIZZSB 5/5/2010 4:22PM

    ouch!!!!
thats gotta hurt Don!
Hope you can get some help friday.

take care! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/5/2010 3:41PM

    Ouch. Glad you went to your doctor and you are starting to feel better. Hope you are back to it soon!!!!!

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Grounded!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Turns out it was a good thing I didn't bike today as the rain was so on again off again but INTENSE when it came...! Wouldn't want to get caught in one of THOSE cloudbursts! Betcha one of these days I'll zig when I should've zagged and STILL get nailed...ah well, all the more to BLOG about...lol!

So today was looking mighty fine despite the lack of a bike in the picture as I worked through my lunch hour during a cloudburst and THEN when I was ready for my lunch break, the clouds parted and I got out for my 3 mile RiverWalk with my Nordic Poles. Back to my appointments with clients...the storm clouds gathered again. Wrapped up my day and the sun popped out stronger than ever? Sure what the heck, off to my private practice office with my poles to see a client and then back to my car...another 3 miles of Nordic Walking.

Except: on my return trip a very weird, sharp pain began radiating down my left leg, sort of beginning around my butt / sit bone. I had to slow down considerably to make it to the car. Then stopped to pick up a few groceries. MORE intense...depending on my grocery cart WAY too much! Get home? Barely weight bearing on my left leg.

No falls, no new & different movements, nothing out of the ordinary but this blasted PAIN! I am blessed with a pretty hardy physique and RARELY have anything significant along the aches and pains line...so I'm SPOILED and spending much time grumbling! Forget the ibu / aceto route...don't know WHEN I last took any of those, not about to start now.

I pulled out the big guns: whenever ANYTHING is bothering me physically, even flu-like gastro stuff...I'm in the tub for the longest, hottest soak I can tolerate. I always shower...tub? reserved for these rare occasions. Felt wonderful! Of course I wasn't MOVING either! Since getting out I'm back to grumbling.

If no improvement by tomorrow I guess it's off to my primary care doc to see what the heck this is all about.

I've been so proud of my body, feeling so much younger than my years. But tonight this old coot is feeling every one of those years...grrr!

I'll keep you all posted!

Don

  
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L*I*T*A* 5/5/2010 4:57PM

    wishing you well.............
blessings and hugs............lita

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KOOLBREEZE75 5/5/2010 4:22PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/5/2010 3:15PM

    Ugh. I sure hope it feels better Don. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/5/2010 9:52AM

    I almost immediately thought, upon reading your description, ike SVELTINGTON said -- thesciatica nerve, which is a relatively easily remedied problem. Actually certain yoga poses can relieve it. Google it!

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LADYGWEN25 5/5/2010 9:02AM

    I hope you feel better soon Don :(

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SVELTINGTON 5/5/2010 9:00AM

    Take care. Sounds like Sciatica. Ouch!

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FRECKS96 5/5/2010 8:50AM

    Aw Don, I really hope you're feeling better soon. Take care of yourself.

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CARRIE1948 5/5/2010 7:34AM

    Good luck.

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BARBARA_BOO 5/5/2010 4:15AM

    I hope you're not grounded for long. I feel pretty invincible for my years, too. So, I hear your disappointment. The hot bath is also my preferred remedy. Sorry it was only a temporary fix this time. I'll check back to see how you're doing. You are not a "coot".

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_VALEO_ 5/5/2010 3:39AM

    I hope you just did an awkward move, and it is nothing serious.
I like your tub "remedy"... I used it too; unfortunately I don't have a bath tub anymore.

Take care.

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COLOURFULME 5/5/2010 2:23AM

    Sounds like sciatica to me!
The only remedy is rest.
Question is only how did you get it. What funny movement did you make even unconsciously.
Anyway hang in there and do go to your gp!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 5/5/2010 12:00AM

  I hope in the morning you will be feeling much better... sending love and light to you my dear friend

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SUZIAND 5/4/2010 11:32PM

    Awww Don! Please take care of yourself! I'm glad you have the sense to go get it checked out right away! Some people...most people....wait and wait.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope you have a speedy recovery! Keep us posted on it!!


/hugs,
Suz : )

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SANDRA0011 5/4/2010 10:49PM

    Take care of yourself. emoticon

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Even The Mighty Have Fallen to the Loathsome Cannolis!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Don't know about you, but this piece of reality TV trivia got a good chuckle from me:

www.theatlanticwire.com/features/vie
w/feature/Mike-Tyson-vs-Cannolis-1161


Busy weekend heading out of town yesterday, returning today...visiting in Philadelphia. And HOT! LOVED IT! 95 degrees both days! My Nordic Walking Pole part arrived just in time so I could use them during rest stops. Had a great workout on a Life Fitness elliptical...noticing that my heart rate doesn't climb as much as it used to during the peak of my workouts. Used to reach around 140 or even more...now it seems to peak around 130. One more number to measure progress beyond the scale!

Looks like I'm going to get rained out of cycling much of the week ahead, we'll see how it goes...!

Hope everyone had a GREAT weekend and you all are rested, recharged and ready for the week! :-)

Don

  
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LOPEYP 5/4/2010 12:33PM

    I love cannolis and I'm glad that Tyson doesn't. More for me!

Way to go on your fitness!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/4/2010 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon

Improving your heart rate is such a wonderful improvement to have made. That is awesome. You are a warrior for sure.

Sorry to hear you rained out of your bike ride. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 5/3/2010 2:41PM

    Raining here this whole week, too it looks like. But my schedule will make it possible to hit the gym on several days so I don't have to settle for DVDs in the living room.

Keep Sparkin!
Michelle

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L*I*T*A* 5/3/2010 11:40AM

    have a great week...........
continue to enjoy the ride....
blessings and hugs.....lita

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SVELTINGTON 5/3/2010 10:18AM

    I liked the clip.
I have had a few "engagements" with other pastry but I am not a fan of cannolis.
I need to get a hrm I have no idea what my rate is, but the dr. said it is 60 resting.
Have a great week!
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PUDDLE_JUMPER 5/3/2010 9:24AM

    Good for Mike abstaining from the Cannoli, I was looking at them and if it had zoomed in one more time I probably would not have been a pretty sight. Unfortunately I have always loved them. Lots of Italian restaurants in my old town. A large Italian American population who know how to cook. But, alas, not today! I will enjoy my healthy breakfast that aren't clog logs as Mike put it. As you are enjoying your healthy bike ride_woohoo! Enjoy your day! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 5/3/2010 3:50AM

    Funny I would have never imagined Tyson being so shy (he seems shy at the beginning of the interview, doesn't he?)... maybe it is the cannolis which made such an impression on him?

Sounds like you had a sporty weekend! a heart rate of 130: that's a great figure!

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DRASADAF 5/3/2010 2:12AM

    hi don long time you didnt encourage me... emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 5/3/2010 1:12AM

    [cue scene of cannoli with protest signs]
Ddoorn: Mike! Mike! The cannoli are revolting!
Mike: I know! They're too sweet!

ba-dum tss


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COLOURFULME 5/3/2010 12:48AM

    Wow you are realy in shape.
A top heartrate of 130!!!
Great!
Keep up the good work!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 5/2/2010 11:09PM

    Glad to hear you had a great time AND got your rest stop workouts in! I hope the rest of the first week in May is a terrific one!

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