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Day 2

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yep, I made it to day 2!! I did 20 min of cardio off a video and I will do my strength training tonight while I watch t.v.-after it has cooled down a little.

This week I am working hard on staying hydrated and getting enough water to see if that helps the headache issue. I went for a 2 mile run yesterday headache!! Yay! I'm thinking, at this point, that my headaches are hydration/allergy induced. So hopefully the seasons will actually change and I will stay hydrated and that problem will end.

I'm in Southern California and I know that our weather has been making the national news, so you may have heard it's been hot here. Anyways, where we are, closer to the desert, we haven't been getting any temps we aren't already used to, but it has been plenty hot still. Well into the hundreds. Yesterday we were expected to top 100 by a bit, but it was cooler than it was over the weekend...So, anyways, I am in the house, husband is outside when there is a loud bang and a sound kind of like a generator operating. I had no idea what was going on but figured it was a neighbor or something running some equipment. About 5 minutes later Hubs comes in the house and announces the air conditioning broke! The bang I heard was a connection breaking and blasting a bolt through the casing of the air conditioning unit (ours is mounted on the ground not the roof-making it very easy for Hubs to figure out what was going on), the sound like a generator was all our refrigerant leaking out.

AWESOME!! How much better can it get????!!! I actually found it quite funny...I mean really, about a month ago an awning simply fell off our house (that was fun), then my husband loses his job and then a bolt decides to pretend it is a bullet and blast its way out of the a/c unit!! I am just glad Hubs was actually a distance away when it happened, I can just picture a trip to the ER to have a bolt removed from his shin!! Thanks goodness that DIDN'T happen! So, we are still expected to hit the 90's and up for the rest of the week and we are making do with fans. It doesn't work well, but at least we are saving electricity from not running the a/c!! lol! Knock on wood about a million least everyone is healthy.

Other than that life is still good...I got my cardio in for the will be cooler by 8:00 and I can do strength in front of a fan while we watch t.v. Tomorrow is a running day, looking forward to that. And hopefully it will cool down sooner that they say it will :)! Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday!!

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FUNFROG79 9/30/2010 8:11AM

    Hang in there! You are doing great! emoticon

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VELLE9 9/30/2010 8:07AM

    emoticon attitude!!! A lot of people would have let these events deter them from their exercise goals but you didn't. Sometimes, I think when we are able to laugh about these things it brings a cascade of blessings because you passed the test!

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    Oh no. Wow - you are having a tough time. But you have a great attitude. Hang in there.

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PAPPHEM 9/29/2010 10:32PM

    What a bummer?! Well it will be especially important to stay hydrated with the heat and no AC. But good for you for keeping a good attitude!

Hope this week is better!

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    Oh boy, I am impressed with your resilience. Good luck negotiating these workouts and all your fans.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/29/2010 6:31PM

    Well, they say bad things come in three's so you should be lookin' back up now! LOL

Thank goodness it happened now and not at the beginning of summer is all I gotta say! And way to go on finding the silver lining! Yay for saving money on electric! emoticon

See you in the morning? It's time to suck like a couple of Kenmore's!

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KARVY09 9/29/2010 5:53PM

    Oh geez, Murphy's law, huh? Sorry you are having a rough week. Stay as cool as possible... sending you a little virtual ice!
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Well done on the cardio!

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Day 1

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First, thanks everyone who commented on my blog yesterday! Lots of great tips! I tried to keep a focus on water yesterday and noticed that I did feel thirsty through dinner when I had probably finally gotten enough water into my system. So, my focus for the next week is going to be water, water, water. It has been horribly hot here and it takes A LOT of water to keep up with triple digit heat (even though I make sure I exercise while it is still cool-ish). Hopefully that will help. Allergies do seem to be playing a role so I will have to try some Claritin or something like it and see if it helps. I kind of gave up on allergy meds a LONG time ago because they all made me fall asleep. I know they have come a long ways in solving that problem so I'll have to revisit the issue. If it means fewer headaches it'll be worth it :)!

So, on to "Day 1"...I've been a Sparker for awhile and mostly active for over a year so what about Day 1?

Yesterday kind of didn't go as planned. I fully intended to run-it didn't happen. I fully intended to do strength-it didn't happen. I fully intended to do a lot of things that didn't happen. I did manage a short (very short) nap and that was nice-lol! Evidently a little sleep was what was needed and "I just didn't have any motivation" one might say I "fell of the wagon", but actually I was too lazy even to fall off (haha-those statements there are a little funny if you read this blog from NOTABOUTTHEFACE-it's an awesome blog-go read it when your done with mine, of course (unless you've already read it then feel free to go do something else (: )
Actually, I'm putting the blame on husband again...I was just about to stand up and do what I'd been planning all day, when hubs comes over, sits next to me and starts rubbing my back...yeah, I didn't I guess I really didn't have any motivation...what was a priority changed. Shame on me!! And I did feel guilty because I'd had all day to get the exercise in and had procrastinated it into oblivion.

Last night I told myself I was going running, no putting it off, no procrastination. And i did!! But, I almost didn't. I turned on the computer first and ALMOST let myself get caught up Sparkpeople. I got the run in though and it was nice...It was hot and I was slow, but it was still a nice run and it always feels good when it is over emoticon. So, I got back, read the blog by NOTABOUTTHEFACE while the kids finished getting ready for school, and made a determination. I will NOT let things get in the way of my exercise ANYMORE. Short of an illness like the one earlier this year I will not break my streak!! So, a small clarification of MY rules regarding a streak...I will work out everyday EXCEPT Sunday. Sunday is my off day. It is my food day off, where I don't count, weigh or measure (yes I still pay attention, just not as closely) and I don't exercise, not in a formal sense at least. I may take a walk with the family or on certain occasions I might go for a swim, but it is leisurely and not "exercise". I have planned on Sundays to do some yoga and meditation, but if I happen to miss it I am not going to count it as breaking my streak. Sunday is my day to make sure I am getting some balance in my life (He only asks for one day so I can't really argue with that-I consider Sunday my day of Spiritual exercise )

Today is day 1...wonder how long it will go? The answer to that would be "as long as I want it to". Happy Tuesday All!!

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CINDYDC114 9/29/2010 3:36PM

    Great job getting your run in! Can't wait to watch you build a very long streak! emoticon

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PAPPHEM 9/28/2010 11:03PM

    emoticon on Day 1, I'm sure Day 2 and more will only get better since you have the right attitude!

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VELLE9 9/28/2010 10:04PM

    emoticon on getting your run in. I have heard how hot it is getting in Californina. I need to definitely learn not to let anything get in the way of my exercise. My main culprit is the need for more sleep so I just cut off the alarm and go back to bed. Definitely need to work on that emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/28/2010 1:02PM

    Way to go on recommitting and making Day 1 a good day (hey when you at least finish off strong it's a good day in my book!). Hope Day 2 is even better! You can do it!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/28/2010 12:03PM

    Ooh I feel special for the shout outs! Thanks! Making your health a priority is the best thing you can do for not only yourself but your family. A healthy mom is around for a long time and a good model for their futures. You got this!

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KYLEONA 9/28/2010 11:43AM

    1 step backwards, 2 steps forward!!! Great blog, Keep it up! emoticon

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KARVY09 9/28/2010 11:41AM

    Get streaking, girl. Go get it!

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3LITTLEBIRDS 9/28/2010 11:39AM

    Great blog post! If I had a dollar for every 'Day One' I have had over the course of my life I would have.... well a LOT of money! LOL! Coincidentally today is Day One for me as well! Hopefully this will be the last day one for both of us for quite a while. Just keep doing the best you can and be proud of what you have accomplished... even if it isn't part of a streak.

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Anyone have experience with exercise induced headaches???

Monday, September 27, 2010

So, in the grand sceme of things this is kind of a minor problem I suppose, but lately I've been getting headaches after every workout. It doesn't matter what kind of workout it is, cardio, strength, whatever. The headache is never severe, it feels mostly like a sinus headache and maybe it is.

This is the thing...maybe it is a sinus headache brought on by exercising (usually outside and thus exposing me to pollen, smog, etc)?

Is there something I can do to prevent it? Is hydration a factor? Anyone else experience this?

It has been a hottish summer and we are currently in the middle of a high pressure system that could be a part of the problem with my head.

Not overly concerned about it, it's just kind of obnoxious is all. I feel like I'm keeping Motrin in business :P!


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IMKFOX 9/27/2010 10:36PM

    It could also be related to blood pressure - so you might want to check with your doctor. I do tend to get headaches related to the weather - when it wants to rain and just can't is usually the time I find myself in bed with my head under a pillow - but exercise tends to help me relieve those rather than worsen them. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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PAPPHEM 9/27/2010 10:26PM

    I take Claritin before my runs to help with that around allergy season.

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DEE107 9/27/2010 8:12PM

    I would check with your doctor

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KITKA82 9/27/2010 6:17PM

    I only get them after Zumba, but usually because I'm hungry. Water helps!

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LINZY523 9/27/2010 6:04PM

    I get them frequently!!!!! Some of it is hydration, but a lot of it is just my body. I tend to get migraines after long runs (even if I hydrate well).

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    Both causes will give me trouble, Hydration is easy enough to test out. If not, take a claritin at night or Loratadine (generic) it should take care of the allergen induced headache. Instead of allergy meds, I use the Neti-Pot sinus rinse after going out in "allergy weather, it will keep the allergens washed out, and as a side benefit, it stops the germs that may consider multiplying and getting you sick, from multiplying. Greatest invention Ever.

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ESBELL 9/27/2010 5:26PM

    I go through seasons of headaches - usually just allergies. I try to keep hydrated and if I get them frequently take an allergy pill a couple hours before going to work out

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KSW1963 9/27/2010 4:49PM

    No...but I hope you feel better. That does sound obnoxious.

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KIMMAS82 9/27/2010 4:42PM

    I read some weird stat someplace that an absurd amount of headaches are due to dehydration. Try to up your water intake before, during and after your workout and see if that helps.

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FUNFROG79 9/27/2010 4:35PM

    Urg, yes, I used to get them too. Mine usually comes with the change of the seasons and eventually go away. Advil was my best friend for awhile there! emoticon Good luck!

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Great Workout on Saturday, but learned to never do squats in front of Hubs...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

So the last little bit has been rough and I have just not felt like doing anything exercise related....Which I KNOW is counter-intuitive. I really needed to get out and workout. Saturday my sister picked me up and we met up with the rest of the Sparked Running Club (or something like that...I can't remember our name-OOOPS) which consists of 3 of us so far. Two of us ended up walk/running 6 miles. At least I'm calling it 6, I lost my GPS signal on my phone, which was tracking the run, at 5.77 and we did a couple small parking lot laps before we called it quits so I am calling it 6. Kristen, running warrior that she is did almost 8 miles-AWESOME!! It was a great run and I was glad to get it in and done because by 8 o'clock it was already warming up. We had a really mild summer this year so apparently summer feels the need to stick around a little longer and we are expecting triple digit temps through Tuesday or Wednesday or something like that. I am ready to break out the sweaters and instead we need to get the swimsuits back out. Crazy!!

When I got home I was sorely tempted to shower and change right away, but I resisted the temptation and got in the first REAL strength session in a long time. I just had a lot of fun with it, mixing things up and enjoying the feeling of my muscles working. My husband came in very handy at one point. What I had done is pull a bunch of strength exercises from various articles and magazines and put together a variety of exercises that covered all the bases. I did stuff with the ball, I did basic dumbbell work and a variety of core exercises. One exercise I did was a one-armed triceps press with a band. I was supposed to anchor the band to something sturdy behind me. I am standing in the middle of the living room looking around holding the band in my hand and my husband looks at me like I'm crazy and asks what I am doing. Must have looked like some weird form of exercise-LOL!! I told him I was looking for a place to anchor the band, but I didn't see any where that would be really great. He gets nice and comfy in his chair and says "come here". I walk over and he grabs onto the end of the band and says "okay, it's anchored". So I did my arm presses standing in front of him while he anchored the band-LOL!! I think, just maybe, he had ulterior motives emoticon! Finally, I think I am done with everything and then remember that on Monday I want to start the 200 squats challenge along with the 100 push-ups challenge. Both challenges ask you to do a pre-test to find out where you already are and then gives you a plan to follow based on your current acheivement level. I don't need to do the push-up pre-test because I've done it, but I still needed to do the squats pre-test. Basically, as many good form squats as possible.

I didn't have high hopes for the test. I'd already done strength and running and I could feel my muscles already feeling a bit fatigued, but decided I really needed to get it done instead of waiting and putting it off because then I wouldn't start on Monday because I still needed to do the pre-test...make sense? So, I started the test. Again husband is lingering and hanging around while I work out. So of course I have to explain what I am doing and then he still sits there and watches as I do squats. And I mean actually watches, like I am a t.v. show or something. Obviously I do feel flattered that he actually WANTS to watch me work out, but at the same time it's like "um hun, I love you I really do, but please don't watch me, I'm all sweaty and disgusting and slightly stinky, not really my best foot forward, ya know?"

So, anyhoo, I am doing squats and I am doing quite well. I've always had a powerful lower body. In junior high I actually held the girls' leg press record for both highest weight pressed and most repetitions of a set weight (this was before it was determined that lifting any weight over and over until the muscle is past fatigue can actually be dangerous). So I am counting and I am thinking that 35 is a good place to stop and I do stop and before I can really call it quits hubs says "why not go for 40?" I do 5 more and call it 40 which puts me in the high column for squats. It is at that point that I turn to hubs, legs quivering, totally sweaty and say..."look what you did, now I have to do the hard level!!' Lesson learned...never do squats in front of husband....

I went and showered and then we immediately left the house to take the kids to the Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival. There is usually lots of fun stuff for the kids to do and we wanted to get there before it got too hot. When I got in the car my legs protested the action and I knew then that 40 was too many!! I did it, but I didn't even get to sit and relax before the soreness started to set in-LOL!! I am taking myself down to the medium level! I will still eventually do the 200, just in a more reasonable way :)!

It was a good workout and has me looking forward to tomorrow's workout! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/27/2010 11:08PM

    I wish I was closer and could join your super cool running club! Sounds like an awesome ST session for sure.

I always kicked the boys' butts on the leg press in high school. haha Probably not the greatest for my problem knees, but I loved the attention.

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PAPPHEM 9/27/2010 10:25PM

    Glad you're finding your groove with your strength training and exercise again. Nice having hubby help push you on, but I would have made my participate instead of watch (and that would probably have gotten rid of him!)

Hope everything else is going well.

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VELLE9 9/27/2010 7:35PM

    Luved this blog! Good luck with the push-up and squat challenge! Also, great job with being consistent and dedicated to jogging- you are inspiring a lot of people including myself!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/27/2010 6:46PM

    Way to go!!!! You rocked out those workouts...especially when you consider you had been on a "break"! You go!

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KSW1963 9/27/2010 12:31PM

    Sounds like some fun happening at your house! Good job on the run and the squats. I hope you don't feel too sore. I'm working on the same challenges.

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YOURJONES 9/27/2010 12:29PM

    LOL! You're funny! Where can I find those challenges? I'm interested in joining them too!

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KARVY09 9/27/2010 11:02AM

    Nice job on the run and squats. At least he is motivating you to push harder! Rest those hammies! :)

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BUZYBEEDEBRA 9/27/2010 10:40AM

    awesome -just awesome

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RAIN_SIS 9/27/2010 9:46AM

    Shoot. From the title I thought this blog was going to be about sex.
On second thought, if I read between the lines.....
I don't know your husband but given the assumption that he is male I can draw certain conclusions about his interest in your workout. emoticon
Keep up the good work!
The whole families health will benefit. emoticon

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FUNFROG79 9/27/2010 8:46AM

    Wow, that's great! It's nice your husband got involved! emoticon

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LALAFLOWERS 9/27/2010 6:22AM

    Great Job!! And.. if you're in the harder column, you'll just get stronger! You can do it!

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NEW-CAZ 9/27/2010 5:28AM

    Great run Heather and love that your DH is so encouraging LOL.

Thanks for stopping by on my blog hun........yep autumn is here! emoticon

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    Awesome, as a side note, you only have 6 weeks of squats so if you start out harder, the last weeks will be easier. And the last weeks are hard enough. The program is so well designed that the hard column isn't going to make you sore. You may feel your legs but it isn't as hard as you imagine.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/26/2010 11:36PM

    He was trying to be encouraging. Good for you for knowing yourself.

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Time to get past this...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sometimes life is just a crap hole and then it gets worse...So, blah, blah, blah, economy...everybody knows and is living with the facts of the current economy. We've been scrapping by, we are far from rich and far from middle class, but we can afford some of the things we want, but the "savings" we are supposed to have is non-existent, we do live debt-free, no credit cards, etc. But, over the past year things have gotten tighter and tighter. Last week my husband lost his job. I am a SAHM so basically we are screwed. He applied for unemployment, but complete approval is still pending...we won't know until after a telephone interview next week whether we will be getting $340 a week for the next who knows how long.

So, we are both putting resumes, etc out there but it is looking more and more like staying in California is not an option. Unfortunately my state, of which I've been a citizen since the day I was born has been a safe haven for welfare recipients for so long that our economy is more in the crapper than others. Businesses are fleeing the state because small business taxes are out of control and factories that used to thrive here have mostly fled the state and many have fled the country. It sucks. Pulling up job lists there is very little offered here and the jobs that are available have a lot of people applying. We pulled up job lists in Utah and found a lot more available for both of us, including a job I would love to have, but probably wouldn't get because I'm not already in Utah. This job is the PERFECT fit for me. So perfect that I don't want to apply because if I don't get I will be devastated.

That all is bad enough, but now I also can't afford ANY of the races I've been planning, no half, probably no Turkey Trot, no anything..

I'm mad at my husband and I'm depressed and worried so...I haven't done ANYTHING resembling exercise in a week. Which is probably just making things worse...I've been spending most of my time looking through internet postings for jobs for my husband...and tossing physical garbage out of the house. Apparently I am making room in the physical environment to deal with the emotional environment or something like that...So, life sucks and then it gets a little bit worse...might actually feel like going for a run later...just a warm up to get ready to run in the a.m. at 4:45 with my sister...

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/27/2010 6:40PM

    Well, sometimes the worst things in life end up being our greatest blessings! And at the very least, its the challenges that make us stronger, right? LOL

I know that in a time of stress all of that sounds contrite and superficial, but I am confident that down the road you will be able to see God's hand in this and how he used it to get you and your family to a different place.

I would be devastated to have you move though!!!! I don't want to lose my running partner, but I mostly don't want to give up my SISTAH!!!!!! emoticon

But I will support you in any way I can!!!!! Hopefully you know that.

Love you bunches sister - hang in there!

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KARVY09 9/24/2010 3:51PM

    Hang in there, girl. I'm so sorry to hear of your husband's job situation, but you'll get through this one way or another.

Remember that races may not be free, but running is free when you have the necessary gear (which you do!). Run your stress out and spend the weekend cherishing your family.

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JOY1918 9/24/2010 8:10AM

    I live in Michigan and the same thing is going on here. emoticon You are very wise to be living debt-free, you are ahead of the game.

Career politicians sure know how to mess things up, hopefully we'll get some in that will make good decisions and clean up the mess.

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PAPPHEM 9/23/2010 11:02PM


That's hard, I'm sorry! I know how scary that it is but hang in there and somehow it always seems to work out. But I would apply for the job in Utah, who knows, it may be your miracle :) Although that would take you out of Utah and away from sister, if it's meant to be, it will work for you.

Either way, I hope things get better soon for you. emoticon

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LADYHUNTER82 9/23/2010 7:18AM

    emoticon to you my friend. I am so very sorry that life is not going the best at this time. I will be thinking of you two. I hope that things will just start falling in to place for you both. Sounds like you could use a break.
Go run look at life around you, find something beautiful in your sights today, and focus on that. Enjoy your sissy. I sure wish mine was closer. I will be thinking of you. Here is a great big hug, I hope it brings a smile to your face. DJ

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AVANLON3 9/23/2010 2:44AM

    I understand, I lost my job in May ,we would really be in trouble if my husband lost his job. I know it is frustrating but just remember it wasn't your husbands fault. It is happening to a lot of us no matter how good we are, how hard we work and so on. So try to reassure each other and move forward as a team. It is easier said than done.It shakes your whole world. emoticon

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DEVORA4 9/22/2010 9:26PM

  omg sO mANY folks are suffering because of the "president" 'shorrible tenure. Hang on and know we understand, I am not as bad off as you, BUIT getting there. Higs and love for you.

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PRI6909 9/22/2010 7:58PM

    Sorry to hear of your troubles. Go for the job. You'd hate the "what if I had applied" later on and don't. It will keep you focused and if you get it, it will motivate you even more. Have that run and work off some steam. Good luck!

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    Oh my gosh, I am so sorry to hear about this. However, we just made a move away from our hometown, where we had 3 sets of grandparents and all our friends. And, now, after a month, I can say it is the greatest move we could have made and we should have done it earlier. Life is So much more enjoyable when money isn't a major concern, and everyone is doing what they love. Everyone is happier, we miss our family, but we have Skype and now the extra money to visit. Things can work out for the best, but the stress of change is only dealt with by keeping up with your running. Best of luck.

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HEALTHY4ME 9/22/2010 5:47PM

    I am so sorry you are having such a hard time and can commiserate with you. My hubby quit work at 45 cos of severe depression and anxiety. hard going for while his meds help some but what man wants to quit at that age so he was really bad. he gets a med pension. now I had to quit due to knee issues and I had a good paying job. so we have mortgage, plastic debt, trailer bill, and i am also waiting for ei approval.
SO get out and run or walk whatever, you will feel better. and hey do apply for that job cos maybe they will say can you get here by.... anyway hugs and hope it works out.

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LINIS_THIN 9/22/2010 4:24PM

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You are so BLESSED to not have credit card debt on top of every thing else! If you can keep your spirits up you will find opportunities others may be missing!

Take a run and live on those endorphins.

I know there is more to the "mad at my husband" comment than you've said but try to remember you two are playing on the same team... HE IS NOT THE ENEMY!

It is easy to turn on yourself any your loved ones when the going gets tough. You'll survive this one!!! And be stronger for it!!

Much love,
A new friend

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DEFIANTVEGAN 9/22/2010 3:44PM

    So Sorry you are going through this.. You are not alone I live in California all my life and it's getting scary.

I do have a job with LAUSD and that's not looking to good, We've furloughed 5 days in the beginning of the year and now we are bargaining for 8 more this fiscal year and they have to be completed by March 18 2011.

Yes it sucks But we have to be optimistic keep doing what you doing and send out those resume's I've applied for part time work. I work from 7am-3:30pm and going on an interview today for a evening receptionist job from 4:30pm-9pm M,W,F, Sat. not sure and Sunday it's all day. I didn't want to work Sunday as I rather have family/me time but that's what they offered me so I'll take it if I get hired.

Inbetween all this I have to find time to work out most likely it will be when I get home around 9:30pm and on my off days.

I wish I could say I'm not in debt but I am I have about 7k in credit card bills that I hope with this job I will pay them off. I've been living off of them once the $$$ are gone during the month I charge up what I need. Barely making it.

Try to be optimistic with the economy and job situation I know it's hard but try. I'll be thinking about you and I'll say a little prayer for your family that's what keeps me going just living day by day and faith.

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-POOKIE- 9/22/2010 3:23PM

    Finacial hardship is so hard to deal with, I know I live on a very very tight budget and have to try and support myself and pay off debts my ex left me with, its very hard and so often feels out of our control.

I hope things are brighter for your family soon.


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NEW-CAZ 9/22/2010 3:03PM

    Hi Heather so sorry you are going through such a hard time right now. Apply for that job, you'll kick yourself if you don't at least try and will always be wondering what if?
I know it's easy to turn on yourself in times of trouble but try to take care of yourself by at least eating well and getting a walk or run'll lift your spirits I promise.

And remember all your friends are here to support you and give you some hugs...we all care hun.

Enjoy your run with your sister and let off some steam and then have some me time.

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MRSKOTARSKI 9/22/2010 12:41PM

    I love to read the hugs and love members of Sparkpeople offer to eachother in every area of their life.

And this was just another awesome opportunity to see that...

So sorry you are struggling...I loved the line about "not being able to eat yourself out of this." So true, I think I need to take that advice sometimes...

You are your friends, your family, your Sparkfriends, and by God. You will get through this...There is nowhere to go but up when you are at the bottom...

And as CFLOTT says...Go run! GO! GO! GO! You know you'll feel better after you do...

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 9/22/2010 12:33PM

    I'm so sorry. emoticon

Just remember that just because everything seems to have gone to crap, that is NOT a reason to take it out on yourself --- remember that you can not eat your way out of this (sometimes, I think, we try).

Now is the time to pamper yourself a bit ... running, a soak in the tub, a home manicure, a call to one of your sisters or friends ... be kind to you. It will bring your stress down a notch or two.

You can and will get through this! emoticon

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 9/22/2010 12:30PM

    So sorry to hear about your tough situation. I can promise from similar experience that. exercise will help you deal with all those things out of your control.

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CFLOTT 9/22/2010 12:20PM

    I'm so sorry you're going through this...I'm just getting such sadness through this blog. Hugs hugs **job vibes** and more hugs.


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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/22/2010 12:06PM

    Sending you hugs since it's about all I can do. Wishing you luck on finding something soon in CA or elsewhere.


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SLEEPYDEAN 9/22/2010 12:05PM

    I am so sad to hear what you are going through now. Sorry that you are having to contemplate uprooting the family to find work.

Can I offer a few helpful job searches: (I check this every day - I ended up getting my current job through here. San Bernardino and Riverside Counties are hiring a bit, but many of the positions are for formerly laid off county employees. But there are all kinds of agencies that use this search engine.) (Combines all the top sites - Monster, etc. into one)

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