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Thursday, July 15, 2010

I grew these in my backyard. They always make me smile when I go outside so I thought I would share. I grew tomatoes too...most came out okay, but some have these really wierd bottoms I mean to ask my garden team about.

OK! I am into Week 1 of my Challenges. Here goes the progress.

Slim in 6. I am on day 4 of Burn it Up. Now, it has NOT been easy this first week. I know, you would think it would right? But, listen. On Day 2 (Tues) hubby calls and says he needs me to go to Sam's Club with him. Alright.

He picks me up and we go to Sam's Club. We get a bunch of supplies for his Air Force BBQ that he puts on about once a month. I make potato salad for the boys. I try to convince them my pasta salad is better, but alas, they insist on my potato. So, because they gobbled up 10 pounds of potato salad last month in about 5 minutes I had to make 20 pounds. On Tues I spent probably a good 4 hours making 20 pounds of peeling, slicing, dicing, boiling, and seasoning. Don't kid yourself. I LOVED it. Even when my fingers got all pruny! LOL We also had to get some stuff and shopping done for our grand opening of Humdinger BBQ. Our first event is next Saturday and we had to get some banner stuff situated. By the time I looked at the clock it was 11:30 p.m.

OH NO! Day 2 and I hadn't done Burn it Up! Well, I thought....here we go and at midnight I did my hour of Burn it Up. I can't "bust" a 6 week or bust challeng on the 2nd day! and as a leader at that! Heck NO!

Needless to say Wednesday (day 3) I was pretty tired getting up and sure enough hubby had even a longer chore list. Oh dear lord! At least I got him to pass out at 10:30 pm to do Burn it Up.

This morning, however. I was up! Day 4 completed and on time! yippee!!!! Now. I am going to do Day 5 tonight as I will be in Santa Cruz all weekend. Day 6 will be done on Sunday when we get back. By golly, I'm gonna make this work!!!!

That's my row of them.

ANYhoosit: My pengiun milage challege begins TODAY! It's in the 100s here but I want to not let my teammates down. I will be attempting a run today, but it may be more af a very sweaty walk. LOL Will follow up on that one.

Anti-Blahs: well, clearly all these things fall into this group quite well. My only task is the plank. I think I told Yoovie I would do a plank. I can't remember, but it lurks in my mind like a bad debt that I did. Therefore, I shall. soon. At least... hmmmm 30 seconds? I did finagle some push ups as ST, so that's pretty cool. I know I had to up my ST for myself.

There. All on paper and filed in my brain accordingly. Girls said they would help me jog the boardwalk in Santa Cruz so I can keep my milage in. LOL I figure around the campsight will work. AND they have a pool!! So freaking exciting.

I packed (per Cutiepie77's tips) healthful foods for the weekend. I even threw my salads in the ice cooler. Trail bars (fiber one of course) and fruit cups for the girls.

Gotta keep track of my nutrtion numbers right? Even if I can't be near a puter.

Who says we can't camp and be healthy too?

Thank you EVERYONE who pops on my page with anything to say. I just LOVE it! All of you have truly made my week and I can't wait to get my tracker to move more towards the middle of my ticker.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!!

Love and hugs!


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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/5/2010 10:36AM

    i was just in santa cruz for 5 weeks!

you live near there?

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THANKFULL1 7/17/2010 1:47AM

    WAY TO GO! kEEP IT UP! emoticon emoticon
For sure eat healthy! You don't want everything you just worked off to go to waste or to YOUR waist for that matter! LOL! emoticon

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DRJJ2004 7/16/2010 8:51AM

    Way to go Miss Dedication!! Love it!! And yes..you can be healthy and camp! We do it all the time! :O) Have a great time!

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JUST_SIMONE 7/15/2010 10:05PM

    Wow what a busy week you have! Glad you managed to get the workouts in. Have a fun weekend!

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Challenges !!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Okay, so I've got a Tiki Challenge that I am totally looking forward to: GO AB!!

I've got a 5% challenge that I will freaking succeed at: GO ME!!

AND, as of today, I just began a Six week Slim in 6 challenge: DOUBLE GO ME!!

I"m pretty darn tootin excited. The AB challenge is awesome because it is a positive influence on my life. If I EVER need motivation or a kick in the butt those teammates are there with boots on! The 5% challenge is good because it works with the numbers factor in my head and reminds me to take baby steps. Because right now I just want to be 80 pounds lighter...NOW!!!

And the new challenge? Well, as stated in previous blogs I really seem to have an issue with that 3 week plateu. Yup. So....I thought why not put it in a challenge? Surely SOMEONE else on this Sparkworld must be feeling the same "great out of the gate...peeter ... peeter....gone" momentum so what better way to help elimate that....I mean, with the exception of AB boots?


I'm supposed to put a before pic on here....for all the teams. Part of me is like "eh, use the ones in your pics...ya look the same" and truly I do. But, part of my brain says "nope...new challenge ... new motivation.. new beginning.."

I'm leaning towards brain personality number 2, once I find a victim with a camera.

So darn tootin excited! Whats can I say? I'm an emotional rollercoaster :o)


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LADYINOHIO 7/13/2010 3:26PM

    Doood, you are just full of challenges! Way to be!
The only way to truly grow(in strength AND wisdom) is to challenge ourselves, right?
I'd say you're on the right course then!
Thanks for stopping by my page so much too, I loved reading your comments on my photos and whatnot! Thanks for being such a great sparkfriend, and remember you have an arsenal of support behind you here! There's no way you won't make progress.
Not. a. chance.
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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/12/2010 12:53PM

    Tiki Challenge! You got this. The other challenges sound great. I start P90X (again) today so we can workout for the next 6 weeks together!


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DRJJ2004 7/11/2010 5:04PM

    Awesome!! You go girl!!

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VELVETUNICORN 7/11/2010 4:17PM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/11/2010 4:05PM

    Go you!!!!!!!!! WOOT!!!!!!!!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/11/2010 3:35PM

    So what's your Ab challange? You know I'm all about the crunches....you have peeked my interest!
I asked Terry to take "before" pictures and he was like sure...but why? So I told him and his answer was "Honey I can tell you about your progress" I had to laugh and tell him...NO I think your opinion would be tainted! hehehehe

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SASXONTHEMOVE 7/11/2010 3:05PM

    You can do this! GO YOU!!

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

When I retrieved my Stem Cell and cataract removal, it was very bittersweet to look in the mirror. Before me I had aged 20 years in 1 day, so to speak. What I really found frightening was the face. The roundness and the saggin chin. I realize this comes with age and I knew over the years I was putting on some weight.

It's amazing how you own mind can play tricks on denial. I just got my 4th of July pics back. Wow.

This is the most flattering pic I could find of my weekend. Sighs.

I didn't do too bad at slacking though. I am up 3 pounds. Better than the 7 I used to pack on in water weight and salt induced pounds, ya know?

But, it definately is time to finish the year 2010. It's times to take the last six months and begin what I wanted to start....I man REALLY get into it.


1st..... Vegas goal is in exactly 30 days. Yup. I am leading a Slim in 6 "six week or bust" challenge on my team so my DVD is totally going with me to Vegas. Obsessive? Have you SEEN the above pic?? LOL Anyway, I want to lose a MINIMUM Of 10 pounds. That's right. I can do this. I will get into the damn 180s dang it.

then we'll go from there. I'm trying to think of a "reward" if I make it to 180. A hair extension? no....want to be at least 150s for that..(in the face, ya know?)

a tattoo? mmmm...maybe as a final goal mark.

no food or drinks tho. I always mess up there. "If I lose 3lbs, I will get a SBux" well, there went THOSE 3 lbs :o)

I dunno.....maybe being in the 180s will be accomplishment enough.

I'm a little worried....I'd rather see my unflattering pic than nothing at all. My right eye has been giving me blurry grief the last couple of days. Hope it's nothing.

Going to do some gardening now...maybe go for a walk with Missy Mo.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/11/2010 1:01PM

    Like I said this is the most flattering pic. I just get a little emotional when I see myself now compared to ...even two years ago before I quit smoking.

I will do better on focusing on the positive. I think, for the most part, I do. Just had an "off" day. :o)

Thanks again everyone for kicking my butt and putting things back into perspective.

Now...to go downstairs and kick my own butt !!!

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MAMADELIGHT 7/11/2010 11:06AM

    I understand not being where you want to be. I do. I really do like the picture. Look how happy you all are.

You will get into the 180s. Yes!

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KERANCE 7/11/2010 11:02AM

    What a lovely picture - you all look so happy!

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LADYINOHIO 7/11/2010 10:52AM

    I don't think you're giving yourself enough credit here, you look great! You've got a beautiful, *genuinely* happy smile, and an awesome looking family. I understand not being where YOU want you to be to be satisfied... but I hope you're satisfied with yourself anyway, cuz you're looking good already and it's only going to get better from here on out. ;D

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/11/2010 8:52AM

    You have so many great things going for you! I agree with the previous posts... focus on the positive and then stay disciplined to do the best you can with your fitness and nutrition. You have a beautiful family! You can do this!

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THANKFULL1 7/11/2010 1:12AM

    I ditto MADDEELOU's comment!

YOU CAN DO THIS! Stay strong, steadfast, patience, remember...I believe there comes a time when everything just falls in line...

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/10/2010 11:46PM

    Honey you can do anything when you set your mind to it. I know that you can drop the weight by Vegas (and ahhh why are you going before next April? It better be to scoop out where my Bachlorette party will be at. LOL) I just had downloaded my pictures from the weekend and saw one that Terry had taken on me in the water and I wanted to CRY!!! We can do this Sugar...I swear that we can! I won't give up on you and I know you won't give up on me. Take this week and focus on YOU just as I am going to do!

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MADDEELOU 7/10/2010 11:20PM

    You want to know what I see when I look at this picture? A beautiful, happy woman with a family that loves her. Look at the arm around you and the child resting her head against you! emoticon I do the same thing when I look at pictures of me--I focus on the things I don't like about myself. Let's make a pact to stop it, okay?

Stay strong. You are doing great.

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Midnight Madness...almost.

Friday, June 25, 2010

After my attempt at running/walking yesterday I wanted to continue my Burn it Up workout. I am determined to break the plateu barrier and have been dilligently marking off my calandar for DAILY workouts. That, and with becoming a coach, I can' t very well slack off now can I?

Seeing my face, my oldest bought me a Starbucks. It was bad enough to be in pain, but noooo coffee???? No respectful Washingtonian could have that!!

Then, after the icing came my littlest in need of help with her bedroom cleaning. As this is a rarety, I helped. 2 hours later, a floor! After about another hour, a room and a very pretty one. I just let her tell me what to do and we did it. She's almost 12 so I know she will be in the stage of wanting to impress her friends with her room.....I, as a mom, LOVE that phase!!!

When my hubby came home I realized, I had forgotten to eat. Just simply forgotten. Which was okay, but I was in the mood of my favortie comfort food. Chili cheese and rice! LOL The rest of the family had "straw hats". Chili cheese Fritos covered in chili with a sprinkle of cheese on top. and a hotdog if wanted. Not the best nutritional value, but quick easy and I was well within my calorie range. Actually stayed below yesterday...

Long story short (too late) I helped hubby with painting the oldest's bedroom and realized I still hadn't done my Burn it Up. So at 11pm with the kids around me I said "screw it...I'm doing this". I looked at the oldest's boyfriend and said "if you film this, you die" and proceeded to work out. It was 12:03am when I finished. And Surprisingly the fastest hour EVER for Burn it Up.

At 6 am I woke up and layed there.....now, I think I'm ready to do Burn it Up for today. and if my body's really really lucky....I will try my daughter's shoes and take it for a walk/run :o)

Hoping for good news on the scale this Tuesday.......

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THANKFULL1 6/26/2010 11:27PM

    Great work HH! Way to stick to it! And congrats on becomming coach! emoticon

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 6/25/2010 1:58PM

    Amazing job. I'm trying to be a moring exerciser but am definetly not a late night exercisers. Today I'm taking it easy again and my mom is coming over and we are cooking my Turkey Chili and when that is done we're headed on a 4 mile round trip walk to get ice-cream. It's prep for our 4 mile run/walk tomorrow. I'll be running she'll be walking, but I plan on meeting back up with her after I'm finished and cheering her along to the finish line.

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BAKER1009 6/25/2010 1:36PM

    What a great job you did! You're always so busy, way to make the time and stay focused. You're my hero!!

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TERRIJWALL224 6/25/2010 1:30PM

    OMG if I did Burn it up at midnight I would be jazzed until at least 3 am! LOL. I admire your dedication. Hope your scale does too! emoticon

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That hurt so bad!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I gotta get new shoes.

and the sad thing is: I just BOUGHT these shoes.

Since I began my running adventures, I have had some hard times with my shins. When I first started running, it was in the front. Pain everytime I ran that would last for a couple of days...just long enough to do another day of Week 1 runs.

After listening and learning I realized I had to get new shoes. I went to Fleet Feet cuz they are supposed to know what they are doing. I went in. The kid said I was an underpronator and told me to pick out a pair of shoes. I, not knowing, picked out a pair of Reebok shoes. Paid $100 for them and $50 for my inserts.

I ran with my new "feet" and at first it was okay. The front shin pains were definately gone but it had simply moved to the inside of my legs and tightened in the calves. A sign of it working: I thought.

Granted, I am not a consistent runner (and can ya blame me at this point?) I kept trying and each time would be painful, but I could run through them.

Then my feet started to get numb....all the time.

Then my heels started to experience sharp pains.....most of the time.

I read that inserts are bad (hard plastic on heels, no good) so I take them out. Surely the new shoes will work?

I go running today. Week 4 (still) I am now sitting here, hoping I don't burst into tears while typing. My ankles, inside of my legs, up to my knees throb in agony. What normally takes me 30 took me 45. I almost called my daughter to come pick me up as it took me everything I could muster to walk.

What is going on? I know it's the shoes...it has to be. And there is nooooo way I am going to talk hubby into leting me buy another $100 pair of shoes that "may or may not" work. I just literally threw $150 into the trash. Unless....anyone need a size 7 Reebok?

So, no more running until I figure this out. I just can't keep running through the pain! Not pain like this, anyway.

I'm going to go downstairs...slowly. ice my lower legs while sipping some tea (I'm so outta coffee which is hell enough) and then do my Burn it Up: barefoot.

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COACHMEG 6/25/2010 1:24PM

    I agree with what others have posted. You should not be in this much pain. Yes, ice and relax and enjoy your tea. Sounds devine.

Then take your shoes back. Explain what has happened and ask for a more experienced manager to fit you. And congratulations for not giving up and throwing in the towel!!
Good luck!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/25/2010 12:34PM

    Thank you !

I don't think I've hurt like that since .... surgeries? childbirthing? LOL

Upon advice, my middle daughter gave me her Champions and they seem to feel nice. It was instant relief so that was good.

I will take the shoes back. I think I still have the box even which means the receipt is probably still in there...

I'm so glad I wasn't going crazy so thank you all again! Your support was truly immeasurable.


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FFRUNNER 6/25/2010 11:02AM

  Fleet Feet has a 100% Fit Guarantee - take your shoes and inserts back to the store - tell them what is going on and let them help you find the right shoe. Sometimes the shoe you select does not work. Please take ada=vantage of their Fit Guarentee and get the right shoes.

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DRJJ2004 6/25/2010 7:21AM

    In agreement with all of the above. If you're the shy, timid type and don't like to make a fuss..my husband is like that. Take someone with you who does. They should make it right.

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THANKFULL1 6/24/2010 9:06PM

    You should take them back! even if you don't have the receipt, if you raise enough stink about it they will give you your money back or at least give you an exchange. Did you happen to get the kids name? Even so, they should be willing to work with you.

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KARENE10 6/24/2010 8:03PM

    I would definately take the shoes back~I work in a Dept.store and people return everything(and I mean everything)but you have a valid excuse. I also have the Champion sneaks from Payless,I don't run but I do a LOT of walking(sometimes do the walk/run,walk/run Thing) and these are the only sneakers I have found so far that do not hurt my feet. Hope your feet feel better soon:)

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GPENSRAE 6/24/2010 4:02PM

    Take them back, you probably won't get your money back but you can at least exchange them for a different pair. I tried several pairs before I finally found a brand that helped with the shin splints - Brooks! I swear by them. Mine are seriously worn out and need to be replaced, but I was able to run pain free for a good year before I started to feel the cushioning wearing down and the pain started again. Also, it helps to massage your shins before and after a run and I also found that if I lace up my shoes a little tigher than I normally would, it helps with the pain in the bottom of my feet. I don't have pains in my heels but you may want to get that looked at. Could be plantar facilitis(sp).

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RUNBECSRUN 6/24/2010 3:57PM

    fleet feet is a reputable running store - i'm sure you can return or exchange them if it hasn't been TOO long since you bought them! here's what their website says about returns:

National FIT Guarantee:

Fleet Feet Sports is committed to FIT. If you are not satisfied with an item you purchased from us, please return for a re-fitting or refund. We won't rest until we find the right solution.


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BLONDEDOG 6/24/2010 3:43PM

    Blech....take them back....seriously. Hope you get to feelin better and get a better pair of shoes.

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LOREENYK 6/24/2010 3:36PM

    You do need to get properly fitted and try on every brand and model because no two will be exactly the same. Even if they all say they are for under-pronators (or supinators). Some stores (like The Running Room) will help you find the right fit even if you can't buy them right away. They are all about promoting fitness; they know that if they provide good service to you now, it is an investment in their future when you can (and will) come back and spend some money and tell your friends what good treatment you received.

You could also send a letter to Reebok if the store is not willing to help you out in any way.

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BRIOBRIO 6/24/2010 3:22PM

    I'm not familiar with Fleet Street, but if it's a running store, they should make good on their shoes.

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YOOVIE 6/24/2010 3:13PM

    last note- I got a pair of $20 flat no cushion Champion runners from payless or target (not sure which but they both have them)- i have no pain and I've never looked back.

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YOOVIE 6/24/2010 3:12PM

    ALSO- I would seriously consider calling the store and complain that you paid money for special shoes and they just told you to pick a pair and that pair is destroying your legs.

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YOOVIE 6/24/2010 3:11PM

    this used to happen to me ALL THE TIME! last year. I got these New Balance running shoes and it turns out there was WAY too much cushioning. Now I run with some that have almost zero cushioining, and i do a longer GENTLER warm up- no more splints. And Im so glad, because my shins were getting bumpy, sore to the touch, in need of icing down every day! It was horrible!

Definitely use these shoes to walk or something, and find some better running shoes.

It seems so many people on spark think they can never ever be runners because of what it does to their bodies, as you and I can relate- its usually just that you got the wrong shoes.

But im sorry you gotta get new ones after just having gotten some :(

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EPEREZ205 6/24/2010 2:36PM

    My father is a runner. It took him several tries before he found a pair that worked. He also buys them 1 to 1.5 size bigger than he usually uses. Take the shoes back. Running should not hurt. Feel better

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1BIGDREAM 6/24/2010 2:16PM

    In pain and no coffee to boot? Ug, what an awful day!

I've had questionable advice when trying to get fitted for running shoes too. I'm still not sure if I should suck it up or go back and try yet again. That's scary that you are in so much pain. Take care of yourself--sounds like not running is a good plan.

Frustrating! That's so terrific that you keep pushing through! You will do it!

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BAKER1009 6/24/2010 2:13PM

    Hmmm...I'm no expert on shoes, so don't have much advice to offer you. But definitely don't continue to run through that kind of pain, it can't be good. I hope you come up with a solution soon. I have a basic pair of Nike Air's and they work great for me.

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/24/2010 2:11PM

    Take them back - you won't be the first to do it, either.

Ask for another fitting, and see what they say.

Sounds like you would be better suited for Mizuno, Asics or New Balance, but of the right "type".

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CALLIKIA 6/24/2010 2:10PM

    I hate Reeboks. I think each person is different, but Nikes are the best for me...GREAT arch support!

I hope you figure something out soon. I'd take those shoes back to the kid, throw them at his shins and see how he likes pain.

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MAMAMARY8 6/24/2010 2:09PM

  I would take the shoes back to the store and tell them what happened. If you talk with the manager, who knows, they might be able to work with you and allow an exchange even though they will not be able to resell the shoes. It doesn't sound like you were given the best advice or a thorough explanation of your options. I would definitely ask to talk with the manager. I hope you feel better soon. Running should not hurt and you deserve to find the perfect footwear to make your runs enjoyable.

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    I would go back to the store and see if they will take them back. You were obviously not fitted correctly. It definitely can't hurt to try.

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PARKERB2 6/24/2010 1:56PM

    I also just bought a pair of Reeboks. They squeat. It drives me crazy. Just luckily I had bought a pair of Curves shoes so I do have another pair I can wear. No more Reeboks for me. emoticon

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