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Warrior Dash - Battle to the Death

Monday, August 01, 2011

The afternoon came on hot. The threatened clouds never materialized, just shimmering waves of heat and more heat.

A perfect day for battle.

Weapons in place we don our Clan Fangfacekitty colours.

We load the battle wagon with extra gear and answer the battle summons. Weaving in and out of the defenseless fleeing the carnage we catch our first glimpse of the killing grounds. We hear screaming as obstacles fall to the Warriors. It is not a sight for the faint of heart.

We receive our battle instructions and rendezvous with fellow Warrior MATTERJT.

Agreeing to split our forces so as to prevent a smaller target we separate. A final pit stop and gear check and we make our way to the battle grounds. The air is electric, super charged almost as Warriors await the approach of enemy obstacles. We do the Wave, we scream our battle cries and we're off!

Warriors all, we run enthusiastically to meet the enemy, brazening our way through the sand. We run headlong into the first obstacle, a maze of tires and junk cars. Fancy footwork sees us through the tires and we hurdle the cars. The first obstacle has been defeated!

The enemy was crafty, seeking to tire us out with all the sand on the trails but we are Warriors! We make it through and round the corner only to find ourselves on a narrow flooded trail. They tried to stop us with the floating logs but such things are nothing to the true Warrior. Obstacle #2 is trampled underfoot.

Leaping up onto the bank we continue ever onward. The enemy rightly has begun to fear us; we find our way blocked first by chest high walls and rows of barbed wire. We leap over and under in full pursuit, to then find our way blocked by a 20 foot high wooden palisade. Grappling hooks are thrown over the top and Warriors scale the wall. Obstacles #3 and #4 fall!

The enemy is now in flight from the horde of Warriors in full battle lust. The next several obstacles encountered quickly go the way of their predecessors. The cargo nets, the planks, the pitch black tunnel are left broken and bleeding for the vultures to pick clean.

Hot on the trail of the enemy we are led into the towering forest. In the flickering light it is hard to see what lies around the next corner...Ambush!

The enemy obstacles have erected a giant bungee cord spiderweb. We fight our way through, over and under the cords, working in concert with fellow Warriors to make sure no one gets stuck or left behind.

We go around another corner to discover that the enemy has tried to lose its trail by cutting through the swamp. The stench of rot and horse poop permeates the air, completely masking the enemy's scent. But we are not Warriors for naught and soon have located the faint tracks the enemy has left.

Braving the muck we follow their tracks through the swamp to find that they have turned the hillside to mud, hoping to trap us at the bottom. They have underestimated our resolve.

With brute strength we force ourselves through the slippery mud to the top of the fill to find it is only the first of several. Sadly we sustain a casualty, victim to the mud. Medics rush on to the field in a desperate battle to save his foot. A true Warrior, he urges the rest to avenge him as he is now out of the fight.

Leaving our fallen comrade to the medics we resume the chase. The enemy is desperate, they know we are out to destroy them utterly.

We scale the next wall and rappel down the side. Fools, they, thinking a Warrior would be halted by such an obstacle. We laugh in their faces as they turn and flee.

We know the end of the obstacles is nigh; redoubling our efforts we run headlong towards the next obstacle. Without pausing we leap onto the cargo net and climb to the top, over and down the other side.

The enemy has nowhere to hide. They torch the earth behind them, attempting to delay the inevitable. But it is too little, too late. Battle cries echo through the air as Warriors leap the flames.

Crawling through the mud and under the enemy's last defense of barbed wire the slaughter is ended.

We have triumphed.


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EUPHRATES 8/11/2011 7:12AM


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MH2SHEL 8/4/2011 12:37PM

    LOL loved this. You made it sound like fun! I bet it was too. Don't know what you do for a living but... you should keep writing! You are good at it. Congrats

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ELYMWX 8/3/2011 11:11PM

    Looks like you had a great time!

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PDR2011 8/3/2011 10:49AM

  You are looking awesome, almost unrecognizable from your photo in January this year.


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MOOVINMAMA 8/2/2011 3:59PM

    Awesome! Sounds like an amazing experience. Loved your blog and how you wrote it, too. emoticon emoticon

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MANDERSON19 8/2/2011 3:54PM

    Excellent post! I'm running a Warrior Dash in September and I can't wait! and honestly, I'm very nervous!

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DIXIED88 8/2/2011 3:05PM

    Completely AWESOME! So inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 8/2/2011 2:30PM

    Warriors for Naught, NOT!!!

You GO, Girl!
(Crazy Me must be over the moon!)

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ASHBASH24 8/2/2011 1:37PM

    Such an awesome blog! I love love love the way you write! And that is the coolest race! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CBAILEYC 8/2/2011 11:02AM

    Fantastic series of blogs! Well battled, Warrior!
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DOODIE59 8/2/2011 8:31AM

    Let me just say, you look FANTASTIC.

Mud. Sweat. Beer. All you need is the right motivation.


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ANGELCOWBOY1 8/2/2011 7:24AM

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YAGERMONSTER 8/2/2011 4:56AM

    That was truly awesome! And might I say, you look way skinnier that some other picture I saw of you on here. I hate to be against team FANGFACEKITTY. lol

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VYVIENN 8/2/2011 1:31AM

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Gooooooooooooooooooo Fangfacekitty!!!!

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    WOW! This whole thing needs a super duper AWARD! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 8/2/2011 12:25AM

    OMG! Awesome blog. buy ick did you really need to crawl through poop smelling stuff? lol emoticon

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CATS_MEOW_0911 8/1/2011 11:00PM

    Looks totally bad-ass--WAY TO GO!

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KIRCHNG 8/1/2011 10:49PM

    That is AWESOME! Go Warrior!

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    Congratulations....sounds like a lot of fun...and hard work of

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Warrior Dash part 2 - Preparing for Battle

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday 7/24 - wake up in a panic realizing the Warrior Dash is in 1 week and I am SO not ready!

Monday 7/25 - exchange real names & phone numbers with MATTERJT

Wednesday 7/27 - tell my running coach that if I am not at the track next week it is because I have sustained battle wounds. Coach Ken asks if I know that it will be in the 90s on Sunday and do I have a plan to stay hydrated? I lie and say of course. Once alone in my car I hurriedly check Weather Bug and verify it is going to be HOT! Oh crap, deep breaths, remind myself that I do better with heat than with cold.

Thursday 7/28 - receive my Battle Summons, which contains the note that the Mt. Morris exit from I-75 will be closed. Hone hand to hand combat skills in karate.

Friday 7/29 - go to the running store for replacement battle gear (ie new shoes) in case my current gear does not survive the day. Test new gear in a 5k run; gear is good and an acceptable replacement.

Saturday 7/30 - hone hand-to-hand combat skills in karate. Go to Target and obtain weight lifting gloves as recommended by fellow veteran Warriors and a new fanny pack with a carrying thing for a water bottle. Make sure battle dress is clean.

Sunday - Irish oatmeal for breakfast. Go grocery shopping to stock up so that my son may survive to avenge me should I fall in battle. Knock back a few shots of liquid courage (ie Starbucks chai tea latte with soy). Finish yesterday's strawberry chicken salad and add a white peach for lunch. Last gear run to the sporting goods store, looking for a waterproof carry bag. Change into battle dress and pack all gear.

We're off!

Jacq & me, I'm stylin' in my battle stripes LOL!

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DEZZIEJAMES 8/1/2011 2:15PM

    WAY TO GO!! I can't wait to hear how it goes!!! CHEERING YOU ON!!!!


P.S. I know someone from Mt. Morris MI. Quite a few people in fact. We head up that way now and then to visit them...

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VYVIENN 8/1/2011 5:57AM

    Alright, Team FFK!!!

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INIT2LIVEIT 8/1/2011 12:52AM

    Sounds like you do have a plan. and you look great, I love the haircut!

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Warrior Dash, part 1

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It is now really, truly official. I received my warrior summons in my e-mail this morning. I will be running the Warrior Dash on Sunday at 4:30 pm. My daughter is also running.

MATTERJT is also running, at 4:00. We are going to try to meet either before or after the race. How cool is that?!

My mantra for the race: I will survive!

After all, how can I not when I now have my very own logo?

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JSPEED4 7/31/2011 3:46AM

    emoticon Enjoy!

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MH2SHEL 7/30/2011 2:16PM

    Have a blast! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 7/29/2011 2:41PM

    Oh, what a GREAT time you'll be having!

Go, YOU!

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CAALAN23 7/29/2011 1:57PM

    Have fun!!


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DIXIED88 7/29/2011 12:52PM

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I think it's just ironic you are running the Warrior Dash right after joining the Warrior team! It's fate, I tell you!! emoticon

Have fun! Can't wait to read all about it!

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MAJTMS 7/29/2011 12:33PM

    I'm doing the warrior dash in California Oct. 29! I can't wait to read about your experience.


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VYVIENN 7/29/2011 9:49AM

    Keep that positive attitude, and you'll be done and wishing you could go again before you know it. When in doubt, let Becky out for a bit - and I sure hope you're bringing someone to take those Mud Queen pics!!! Go, Team FFK!! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/29/2011 1:11AM

    OMG, my cousin just did a mud run (so unlike her) but she was proud of herself afterward. It's dang hard, Go you! Enjoy!!

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RESULTS361AP09 7/28/2011 4:45PM

    Sounds like fun! Have a great time & enjoy yourself! You will do fine!

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MIQUEY73 7/28/2011 2:52PM

    Love your logo! Have fun!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/28/2011 2:36PM

    How exciting!!! I love your logo! I am doing mine in August.

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    You are going to do GREAT! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 7/28/2011 2:00PM

    I've run this race. My most important advice? ENJOY IT.

It's too easy to get wrapped up in the worry and stress before the event. Forget all that. Just get out there and have a great time. And remember to bring disposable cameras for some action shots!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/28/2011 1:50PM


This race just came to Minnesota last weekend and I didn't sign up for it. Now I am kicking myself.....

I will be doing it next year!

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MATTERJT 7/28/2011 1:17PM

    Hahaha! I got my email this morning too. I'm soooooo excited! I've never run any kind of race before, so this should be fun. :-)
My husband said that this looks like the obstacle courses that he had to do in Basic Training, which he loved. So if I like it, I'm sure he and I will be participating in others in the future. I don't see one scheduled in Michigan yet for next year, but there is one in Ohio, which isn't far. It would be nice to try some different places anyway. :-)
I have your number programmed in my phone. Looking forward to meeting you at the race!
Nice Logo, by the way. :-)

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A water nymph

Monday, July 25, 2011

I am not!

Tonight was my 2nd time in the pool and I remember why I never really liked swimming.

It is a boat load of hard work!

MCJULIEO says there are 2 kinds of people...floaters & sinkers. I am definitely a sinker. Or maybe a half top half floats but my bottom half sinks. It makes doing the breast stroke interesting when my lower half is mostly vertical and my upper half is horizontal.

I end up concentrating on trying to get my halves aligned and forget to pay attention to my breathing...and snort up water. So then I pay attention to timing my breathing...and half of me sinks to the bottom.

I never really "learned" to swim, I sort of made it up as I went along, so I am sure I am doing many things wrong that probably make it harder. I hate getting my face wet or being underwater so I'm always holding my head up or side to side to avoid the water. and I manage to get what seems like half the pool in my ears.

I did 500 meters (non-consecutive, I take a 60 second rest every 25 or 50 meters) today though and 30 minutes of (my made up version) of water jogging.

I can hear Crazy Me Becky dancing around in the back ground chanting "We're swimming! We can register for a triathlon now!". I can see where this swimming thing is headed and FANGFACEKITTY is not pleased.

I made my ortho knee doctor appointment today. 8/22 is the soonest I can get in, which is really pretty fast for this doctor. He is very good and has been written up as one of the top 5 or so doctors in the region. He's the one who replaced my ACL back in 2007.

I've been researching possible knee conditions and think I have, in my completely amateur opinion, narrowed it down to 2 possibilities - osteoarthritis or I forget the formal name of the second option but it may also be known as "runner's knee". Both sets of symptoms are consistent with what I experience and my preliminary research shows that while rest helps it won't solve the problem. I'm preparing myself mentally for the possibility of needing to have the knee scoped at some time in the near future. In the meantime I don't think starting to run again or do karate will have cause major additional problems, just more of the same (I get momentary "twinges" / pain in the front of the knee, right below the knee cap, that basically just hit & disappear. It's not like I'm trying to force myself through constant pain). I will see how it feels after tomorrow night's class, and Wednesday's run at the track with the coach.

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    A hearty congrats to you for giving it your all even though you're a sinker! Wow is it nice to know it isn't just me!!! Until I read this blog & comments I'd never even met another sinker before.

I would join in the chorus of suggesting a lesson, but that might infer that I should do the same...and this sinker is too terrified of water for that! Howzabout we go skydiving instead? emoticon

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MCJULIEO 7/28/2011 8:44AM

    At least your top half floats.... it might be WAY worse if it were the other way around...

I've got a theory.... if you can get some definite forward motion going, then your momentum should keep your feet up.... can you borrow some flippers and give it a go?

Also, if you know someone with a wetsuit that you can borrow, I think you would really enjoy it.... a wetsuit will make your whole body buoyant... too fun!

I'm thinking that the other posters have an excellent suggestion in your taking a few swimming classes.. they are the bomb!

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MH2SHEL 7/27/2011 9:54AM

    I agree with DOODIE59 a class may help you feel more comfortable in the water and with how you move through it. It's such a great form of exercise and (totally not a doctor here) might be good for your knee? just a guess but that's my 2cents totally unsolicited. lol I love to swim though so I suppose I am bias.

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YAGERMONSTER 7/27/2011 1:59AM

    invest in floaties, then put them on your ankles. This should leave you in a horizonal position in the water. :D

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    Alas! I am a sinker, too! But I do love to swim, and I'm looking forward to un-freezing my fitness center account in October because they now have the indoor pool finished! Yay! emoticon

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RUSSELL_40 7/26/2011 8:39AM

    I thought fat would float, but I am a sinker Get some gear.. goggles, ear plugs etc.... ankle floaties?? lol.

500 meters is a lot of exercise. Just keep doing it

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DOODIE59 7/26/2011 8:38AM

    I would suggest even one private lesson so that you get the basics of form down -- it will save you a lot of grief and frustration (perhaps even avoid chlorine poisoning) and allow you to concentrate on discovering a new form of exercise that can be very enjoyable.

My husband is a definite sinker, and back when he did triathlons, taking a few lessons made all the difference.

Whatever you do, have fun!

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VYVIENN 7/26/2011 1:16AM

    Actually, Runner's World just had an article about common injuries, and they say Runner's Knee is a typical one where you'll need to strengthen the muscle surrounding the knee to help support it better. Sounds like squats and lunges to me!

Also, pssssst! Becks!!- if you're gonna do a tri... get swimming goggles and learn how to do the crawl. Breaststroke is VERY bad for you neck, especially when you're trying to avoid water. There are some great videos out there for refresher training, but if you've never crawled, maybe let someone from the pool staff show you how. It is also much more efficient than breaststroke (and no, I can't do it. But there is NO WAY IN A MILLION YEARS Nutcase is getting me into a pool!!). emoticon

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GEORGIZ 7/25/2011 10:46PM

    Ha! I share your pain with swimming. Today was my second time since childhood and I can't time my breaths to save my life (literally). I think I'm not breathing out completely. I've discovered the YMCA offers adult swim classes - I assumed they only did it for kids so I'm definitely signing up.

Good luck with the knee! Knee stuff is scary but they do amazing things nowadays.

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CAALAN23 7/25/2011 10:36PM

    I hope the knee condition is nothing too serious. Good to get it checked though.

As for the swimming. I'm a sinker too, plus, I don't know why I bother wearing a cap because my ears get full and my hair still gets soaked. As hard as they are to get on, I would have thought it would only be damp.

I thought my kid was gonna die learning the breast stroke. They have team pictures of him during that time where it honestly looks like he fears for his life. LOL! He's got it now but it was a loooong learning process.

Keep it up though, tri or no. :)

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These boots are made for walkin' and that's just what they'll do

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Recent blogs from ALANNAYH and JOMAMA516 have gotten me thinking again about how I'm using SP and being a member of the community.

I do believe I have become too proud...which has led to complacency...which is but a short nudge over the cliff edge to all the unhealthy habits (and lots of extra weight) I started with.

Here I am encouraging members to take and post before & after pictures to show their progress even when the scale gremlins don't show good numbers...yet I don't have my own progress pics posted.

Here I am encouraging members to stay strong and avoid the mindless night-time snacking...yet 3 days ago I'm opening a package of brownies to eat without thinking late at night (90 calorie Fiber One brownies but still...eating a few of those kind of defeats the point, ya think?).

Here I am encouraging members to track everything they eat so they can get control of their calories...yet I have not been recording everything I eat in the evening.

Here I am encouraging members to take a break from certain exercises when injured so as not to make it worse...yet I have continued running & karate knowing there is something not right with my left knee.

And so the scale gremlins have returned and I am under siege. I have gained & lost the same few pounds this last month, inches are not budging...and it is scary how easy it is to slide back into old habits.

OK, maybe not that bad, but still...I've only been talkin' the talk to an extent.

I want to hit my goal weight...and then see how much more I can lose (while staying at a healthy BMI, I have no intention of developing an eating disorder).

I want to earn my black belt...and then see what else I can accomplish.

I want to stop procrastinating and get things done, whatever they may be.

I want my kids' friends to say "Dude, THAT'S your Mom!?" in complete awe and for my kids to be able to say, "Yep, that's my Mom!"

OK, I admit to being vain but who doesn't get a thrill by having someone think they're hot?

I want to be a good example for my kids so they finish growing with healthy habits. I want to inspire my friends & acquaintances to adopt healthier lifestyles.

I want to have fun and enjoy life, to kick ass and take names and when I die have a eulogy of only 4 words...Damn, what a woman!

Not that I plan to die anytime soon, like Chuck Norris I quite simply won't allow it until I've accomplished everything I want to do LOL!

So...time to walk the walk in earnest again.

Progress pics are going on my Spark Page tonight, in all their glory.

No more late night mindless eating. Daily calories will stay within range. EVERYTHING I put in my mouth gets tracked.

I have taken a week off karate & running to give my knee a rest. Tomorrow I schedule an appointment with the ortho doc who did my right knee ACL replacement to find out what is going on. I suspect wear, not an injury since the symptoms started long before I started exercising, but the workouts haven't helped. I don't believe any amount of rest will correct whatever the problem turns out to be. And if the doc says no more running or karate......well I will have to weigh my options & possible consequences and see if I agree and what I will do.

Hey, I never said I could follow orders. There are zombies to outrun in Baltimore in October and a black belt to earn. I have a reputation to establish as a bad ass take no prisoners warrior babe!

Although the bunnies that treat my garden as a salad bar have been allowed to live and keep their home under my deck. See, I'm really a softie waaaaayyyy down deep inside LOL!

So, just like Nancy said..."These boots are made for walkin', and that's just what they'll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you" (fat, unhealthy habits, your days are numbered!)

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MH2SHEL 7/25/2011 2:07PM

    emoticon Great Post, sometimes it's necessary to reassess and take stock. My mom used to say a change is as good as a rest. I think that's true. Good luck with your knee hope it's nothing too serious and you can keep up with what you love. In the meantime what a great opportunity to try something new and knee friendly!

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KATV865 7/25/2011 1:15PM

    Congrats for being so brave! Taking time off to heal is hard because even though its good for you, it may seem like you are slacking (maybe try a different type of exercise that is ok on your knees). Tracking everthing in the tracker is soooo important and very enlightening if you hit a plateau. And posting before and after pictures is... its just really BRAVE!

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MAJTMS 7/25/2011 12:50PM

    Thanks for the smile today! I, too, have not been walking the walk and it's time to start again!


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MCJULIEO 7/25/2011 11:33AM

    Time to let Crazy Me loose for a while.... maybe?

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    You really made me smile with this blog! And I am NOT a rabbit softie! They have devoured ALL of our peas and green beans, and I am going to turn into Elmer Fudd and shoot em all! emoticon

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FITNFABMAMA 7/25/2011 10:41AM

    I had what happened to SAMAARA, Got to this stage a year ago, hit a plateau, and having a hard time gettin my butt going again to get rid of this 4-5 pound weight gain (not much, but still hard as hell to lose!!) let alone trying to get rid of this last 40-50 lbs still. I too want my kids friends to be like "Wow, THATS your MOM???" Got awhile at least before that happens, but still want to drop this weight like a hot pocket. We can do it though! Just keep at it, take our own advice and work it!!!

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/25/2011 5:58AM

    I know this stage well. Sadly it lead me to a year long plateau, which then turned into actual weight gain. So hard to light the fire second time around, but worth the fight!

Didn't even know you were having knee problems. Do you think it's from the running? I have no doubt you are gonna kick those gremlins but good, not to mention the bad habits...

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VYVIENN 7/25/2011 2:17AM

    What an epitaph, lol!

Yeah, better get that knee looked at. It would be a total bummer if it got seriously screwed up while hopefully now, there's some easy thing that can be done to get it back in shape. I'll keep my fingers crossed. You know Nutcase would hate to lose Crazy Becky as her running challenger! emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 7/24/2011 10:30PM

    I call this stage the "cocky stage". You lost weight, you even maintain...but all of a sudden old habits slap ya across the face and you can't be cocky! Tracking my food will be something that I will probably do for the rest of my taking birth control! LOL You know you can do you even reason with yourself...what's one day, one meal...etc. LOL I know. :) So...get yourself a tracking system where you can track your progress daily and reward yourself too. xoxox
You can do it!
Go get 'em!

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