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Olympic Training Center! (With LOTS of photos!)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Well, this week was a toughy. The reason I was derailed in my fitness progress was because I contracted a rather painful, and definitely annoying as all hell, UTI. Gotta say, didn't see it coming. I woke up at 2am Monday and had to pee (not an unusual occurrence). Only it hurt and felt like I still had to go. That was basically the end of my sleep that night. Another night of less than 3 hours sleep. AWESOME. Anyway, I've these before (I'm fairly prone to them for some reason) and started my usual self-treatment: alternating water and cranberry juice at a near constant rate to flush out the system. Didn't seem to work out that well after all. I'm feeling better now that I am on antibiotics. Unfortunately, in order to take these anti-b's, I have had to stop taking everything else. I'm not on my asthma meds, allergy meds, or stomach meds. Its only for three days, so its not like its life or death if I'm not taking these. But, it has made some things difficult this week. No exercise cuz I don't want to have any asthma issues in the middle of a workout, especially if I can't take my rescue inhaler to help me. And my stomach meds help with the acid reflux caused by my malfunctioning gallbladder. Also, for stomach and UTI reasons, I've had to eat some pretty bland food over the last few days. But, starting tomorrow, I can begin taking all my usual meds again and get back to a routine. I've decided to start over with the 28 Day Bootcamp from the beginning.

Anyway, the real reason for this blog is that for my nutrition class, we took a field trip to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista! We got to speak to the dietitian there, saw some althletes roaming around, and took a walking tour of the grounds. The facility itself is meant for warm weather sports- archery, field hockey, track and field, softball, BMX bikes, soccer, and rowing. They have a fitness facility, dining hall, and dorms, as there are some resident athletes that stay on site. Most of these athletes start their day at 9am and workout until noon. They go to lunch, relax a bit, and then workout some more from 1:30 or so to 5 or 8pm. Can you imagine?!?! Here are some photos:

The Front

The Driveway

The Olympic Flame

The resident dietitian, Andrea. She was from Australia/New Zealand.

The wall of olympians

The start of the mile-long Olympic Path

The gym

Field hockey area in the foreground. Right next to it (the lumpy ground) is the BMX track for time trials- they ride off that big ramp there.

The track and field zone

Ya know... I don't know what this is. Some kind of crazy... something...

Archery fields

That's the dining hall. The biggest bummer of the tour is that we didn't get to go inside it and see how it was set up.

I took many more pictures, but I don't want to overwhelm this blog. It was a fun tour and it was neat seeing the facilities. Most of the qualifying trials and such that are held at the facility are free to the public to watch, too.


  
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RAINYFRIDAY 11/12/2011 11:16AM

    Awww, I feel your pain. :( I had a UTI a few weeks ago, I'm also prone to them. I think someone else suggested it, but I'll chime in too, I take the cranberry extract pills when I get mine, 2 capsules=20 calories vs. the cranberry juice, which has a ton.

Last week my hubby and I were passing the Olympic Training Center sign on the highway and I mentioned you could tour it and he looked at me like I had 2 heads. He said. "It's a big gym." Hehe. Looks like you had a great time, thanks for sharing the pics!

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JSALERNO 11/11/2011 4:43PM

    COOL

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LODESTONE 11/11/2011 3:04PM

    Glad you are better. What an awesome field trip! enough to mark starting boot camp all,over an easy decision.

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KKINNEA 11/11/2011 2:26PM

    Amazing trip - thanks for sharing the views!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/11/2011 2:23PM

    OH, I HATE UTI / BLADDER INFECTIONS emoticon I SURE HOPE YOUR IS GONE QUICKLY. LET ME ALSO SUGGEST THE CRANBERRY PILLS (AT COSTCO / SAMS CLUB, ETC). A UROLOGIST TOLD A FRIEND WHO HAS SUFFERED WITH THESE FOR YEARS THAT THE CRANBERRY JUICE IS A HIGH CALORIE REMEDY THAT REALLY IS NOT ENOUGH OF WHAT IT TAKES AND SHE TOLD HER TO GET THE PILLS. I ALSO HAVE HAD SUCCESS WITH THEM AND LIKE TO TAKE THEM FOR WEEKS AFTER ANTIBIOTICS AND IF I EVEN SUSPECT I MIGHT BE GETTING ONE.
I HOPE YOU ARE BETTER SOON!
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ARCHIMEDESII 11/11/2011 2:01PM

    That is sooooo COOL !! Gosh, would I love to have access to an exercise facility like that. Maybe next life time. LOL !!! thanks for posting the awesome photos ! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Now, no more beatings because you couldn't do your normal routine. You had legitimate reasons not to exercise. You had to take care of yourself. Once your UTI has passed, you can slowly ease back into a regular routine.

One thing I will recommend is that if you can, try to take daily walks if it's not uncomfortable. Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. Don't forget that we have members who lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate.

So, don't worry !

Have a great day !





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DZSWEETIE2005 11/11/2011 1:57PM

    That place is so cool! I couldn't even imagine training for the Olympics. I'd love a personal Dietician though! :)

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This Week in the News!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Well... my news, anyway.

Tuesday was the first day I have ever given blood before. I've always been on a medication that's prevented me from donating, or had a new piercing or tattoo, or been under the weather. Tuesday I felt great and everything pointed to DONATE! I'm in the Honor's Program at the community college, and they were the ones holding the blood drive. It was pretty awesome. I hope to be able to donate more often.

However, the finger poke they do to test your iron levels HURT!!! It bruised my finger and I ended up wearing a splint on it just to protect it. Every time I brushed my other fingers against it or hit it on something accidentally, this shooting pain would permeate my entire left hand. It hurt like this for 4 days. Today is the first day I don't have pain from that poke site. LAME!


Sparkin' with my splint on. Not easy to type that way, FYI.
Consequently, I was not able to do much (read: any) exercise that day since I was to take it easy. I technically got my cardio in because its quite a workout walking from my apartment to the bus, from the bus to school, from school back to the bus, and the bus back home. Lots of hills are involved. But, I was supposed to do an upper body workout for the 28 Day Bootcamp... that I didn't do. I was scolded at the blood donation place for helping put away chairs (I was volunteering at the drive as well) when it was time to clean up.

So, I doubled up the videos the next day. Got my cardio in, already saw an increase in stamina, and did my upper body and core videos. Got my cardio in on Thursday thanks to school and a ton of errands I did after. I did so much non-traditional exercise, I don't even know how to track it! I walked to the bus, to school, back to the bus as usual. Instead of going home, I took another bus to the bank for my first errand. Walked across the street to the grocery store for the rest of my errands. I bought milk, a sugar pumpkin, more milk products, and a few other heavy items. Stuffed some in my backpack and the rest into one bag so I could carry it one handed (stupid finger!) By the time I got home, I was so hot and sweaty and out of breathe from walking with all that weight. Then I had to toss the pumpkins. I took all three out at once. I had to clean up the stand I had rigged for them so they could be seen from the street, take down my skeleton lights, take out the trash, do some dishes, put some things away in the storage closet. I worked up into a hot sweaty mess all over again. And I still did my bootcamp video when I was all done with off that.

Needless to say, I woke up Friday to a gloriously rainy day, but I was pretty tired and sore. So, I took the day off from cardio and unintentionally from my bootcamp video. So, I'll be doubling up on the videos today, and getting in my last bit of cardio before tomorrow's big 5k!

Of course the 5k would come at a time when we change the clocks. I would really like to follow Hawaii and Arizona's example and NOT do that anymore. It always screws me up so much and I gotta be up at 5am as it is! I'm pretty excited, though. I mean, I'm not sure I'm up to par on the stamina thing since I've been outta the workout game for a while and only this week have been able to get back into the swing of things... and there's only a 70 minute time limit (that's about a 22:30-ish mile walking) and I've been walking about a 20 minute mile. Back when I was going at this exercise thing consistently in May, I was at about a 17-18 minute mile. I wish I had been able to get back up close to that before this 5k. I just hope at this point that I can finish the race on time.

I've been getting my lungs back to normal taking my asthma meds consistently day and night since Tuesday night. I've been taking allergy meds, too. I'm prepared to take some Vitamin C chewies and a cup of coffee before the race (vitamin C and caffeine help with exercise-induced asthma). I already know what outfit I'm going to wear. Its going to be a chilly 47 degrees when I wake up, and a chilly 54 degrees when the race gets started. And it'll be raining again by the afternoon. Then, we'll get to celebrate the completion of the race and SANDIEGOJOHN's completion of the marathon he ran in DC. I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

  
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CANNIE50 11/7/2011 11:52PM

    Such interesting info about exercise induced asthma - I didn't know that. I hope your 5k went well. You will have your mile time back up there before you know it, with all the wonderful activity you are doing - good for you! OUch, re: your finger - seems like they might have hit something in the process. I used to give blood and I always liked their slogan: "The only life-saving event that involves eating a cookie!" emoticon

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RAINYFRIDAY 11/7/2011 11:41AM

    Great blog :D Hope you had a great time yesterday!

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JSPIN74 11/7/2011 10:24AM

    emoticon lots of great news here!

hope you had a great race!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/5/2011 6:02PM

    WOW GIRL, YOU GO! I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU RACING ...BEST OF LUCK!
CONGRATULATIONS ON DONATING BLOOD, BUT SORRY ON THAT BOO BOO emoticon
THAT DOESN'T SEEM A FAIR TRADE FOR A ACT OF KINDNESS!! I CAN'T BELIEVE ALL THE TERRIFIC EXERCISE YOU GOT IN JUST DOING LIFE THINGS...THAT IS HOW IT WAS YEARS AGO BEFORE ALL OUR MASS TRANSPORTATION AND THREE CARS IN THE DRIVEWAY. SOMETIMES IT IS BEST NOT TO KNOW BETTER AND THEN YOU JUST ACCEPT THINGS AND DO THEM. I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR WEEK END AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR UPDATE!
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LODESTONE 11/5/2011 3:54PM

    Have all confidence that you'll do well in the Iron Girl! Remember to pace yourself and have a great playlist on your iPod! Love it that the stamina is coming back, and you get the extra workouts just getting places with the bus system. have a terrific day tomorrow- knock 'em dead!!!!!!

Congrats on the blood donation. you can do it every 54 days, I think.

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JSALERNO 11/5/2011 3:43PM

    HAVE FUN

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 11/5/2011 3:12PM

    I'm tired just from reading about your week ;P
Have fun at the 5K tomorrow... I know you will Rock!!

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ERIKO1908 11/5/2011 2:44PM

    you have a lot going on!! hope the race is awesome!!

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Hallo-Weekend! (Photo heavy)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Well, now that I'm more or less able to breathe and sleep more or less normally, I'm getting back into a routine. Its way too late to train for Iron Girl (its this Sunday), so I'm just going to kick it up for the holidays. I'm not usually one to gain weight around the holidays, I only ever seem to over eat on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. I eat leftovers in moderation. So, I'm not terribly worried. It would just be nice to look a bit slimmer than last year in the family portraits. Assuming I actually have a normal holiday this year... so much has gone on with my family, I'm not sure what my holidays are going to hold.

Saturday, the first day that I forgot I had ever been sick, was so fun. I spent the day with two friends. We carved pumpkins, baked cupcakes, I made dinner, and got my haircut... even shorter than last time. And I took photos of all the fun!


At the pumpkin patch! Oooh, I'm so scary.


Gutting out the gourds...


Finishing up my Jack O' Lantern!


Metric Ton of cupcakes- Devil's Food & Strawberry. I made homemade frostings- cream cheese and buttercream.


Finished pumpkin masterpieces! (Mine's on the far right)


All a-glow!


My Bender pumpkin (although I know his teeth are wrong.)


This was dinner leftovers- turkey meatloaf with cheese in it, and homemade ketchup, red potatoes tossed with garlic, butter, and parsley, and a butterflake roll.

EDIT: Forgot to show off the new haircut. You can sorta see it "before" in the pics above. Now:

Short!!!

The back!

Today I did my Day 2 of 28 Day Bootcamp. As part of this challenge, I need to write down my goals for this program:

My goals for this challenge are (in order of importance to me:)
1. Complete the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge
2. Lose some weight/inches
3. Gain some physical endurance/stamina
4. Gain some physical strength
5. Transform my body in any way this challenge will allow

I decided to keep my goals the same from the first time I did the bootcamp, so that I don't have any pressure. I just want to do what I can, ya know?

Today I did a full 30 minutes of cardio, but I kept it super low intensity. I am having trouble breathing a bit still, so I set my treadmill at 2.5% incline, speed at 2.5, which is probably the weakest I've ever done a treadmill workout. Normally I set it on interval, which increases and decreases both speed and incline at "random" intervals. That usually gives me a crazy workout which I love. But, since I've been outta the game for so long, I thought it best to build up my stamina first. After that I came home and did my toning video for the day and ate some lunch:


Tuna salad made with mustard (and only 1 tbsp mayo), lettuce, tomato, pickles, and pepperoncini rings, on rye bread. Flamin' hot Cheetos with lemon juice. Very salty, so I'm drinking lots of water.

I'll add a pic of my Halloween costume tonight: Jilted bride. Gotta get some use outta that free wedding dress (since I won't use it for an actual wedding myself.)

EDIT #2: I added some here, too...



  
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JBINAUSTIN 11/4/2011 1:49AM

    Great costume and pumpkin. In addition to being Bender-ish, your pumpkin had a definite "Nightmare Before Christmas" feel to it too--so appropriate.

Glad you're feeling better and getting back into your routine.

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MAESTERSTEVE 11/3/2011 12:26PM

    Friggin' AWESOME pumpkin! Bender rules! Great new 'do!

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ANDEENNATE 11/1/2011 11:01AM

    Love the new do! Pumpkins were fantastic.

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SCHWINNER! 11/1/2011 8:32AM

    Bahaha...the jilted bride is great; I love the running makeup! Great touch. I also love your Bender pumpkin! I recognized that before it was lit up :)

The new hair looks cute too!

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KKINNEA 10/31/2011 11:50PM

    That's quite a weekend - I felt tired and I wasn't even sick! Sounds like you had a great time!

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 10/31/2011 10:48PM

    Sounds like a great weekend. Glad you are feeling better.
Super cute hair cut!
Can't wait to see pics of your costume.
Happy Halloween!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/31/2011 9:20PM

    FIRST I AM GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER...THAT MAKES EVERYTHING ELSE BETTER!
LOVE THE PUMPKINS, ESP BENDER! THEY ARE REALLY AWESOME. CONGRATS ON THE BOOT CAMP, I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. YOUR DINNER LOOKED GREAT...DO YOU HAVE A TURKEY LOAF RECIPE YOU LIKE? CUPCAKES...WELL, THEY LOOK SOOOOO GOOD! CUTE NEW CUT...LIKE THE BACK OF IT, TOO!
TAKE IT EASY!
MARY
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ERIKO1908 10/31/2011 8:25PM

    What a wonderful fun day!! Happy you are feeling better & that you have an awesome plan in place. Hope to see a picture of the costume!! :)

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JONICACALDWELL 10/31/2011 7:36PM

    I love your Bender Pumpkin! He is great!!!

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CATS_MEOW_0911 10/31/2011 7:29PM

    Great pumpkins--LOVE the Bender one!

Congrats on starting on the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge--what a great way to focus your goals!

Oooh, cute hair, too!

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LODESTONE 10/31/2011 6:53PM

    Nifty pumpkins! And great new do! I ran my first mile today after spraining my foot during my Y Bootcamp. Did I ever feel stupid walking the mile for the final fitness test. Added 4 minutes to my first fitness test time. Today didn't set a speed record, but by God, I did it! And am still pain free. Topped it off with 25 "real" pushups. All this was after 1 hour of Zumba Gold. I'm tired. Boot Camp does that to you.

BTW, have you looked up my cousin and her dance classes? Just curious. Did I give you enough information?

I'm so glad you are feeling better. If you are like me, you hate feeling crappy!

Happy Halloween. Looking forward to seeing and hearing about the jilted bride!



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SMILINGTREE 10/31/2011 6:37PM

    I love the pumpkin/cupcake pictures. That does look like a super fun day! Have fun as the jilted bride, and it's so good to hear you feel well enough to work out.

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Stupid, Traitorous Body!

Friday, October 21, 2011

I can't believe I'm sick again... or I'm still sick from last week. I dunno! All I know is, I can't breathe outta my nose AT ALL and it's really p***ing me off! No amount of NyQuil or DayQuil or saline nasal spray or albuterol seems to be helping. I feel betrayed. Betrayed by my own immune system. Tsk tsk tsk...

Well, since all that's happening I can't sleep (even after taking NyQuil more than an hour ago). I might as well get a blog in. First of all, I didn't mean to post such a cryptic status update the other day. I said something about life changing decisions, I think. I should explain that for those on the edge of your seats. I've been studying nutrition and my plan with that is to go into a CADE certified Master's Degree program to become a Registered Dietitian (which is only done through the ADA- American Dietetics Association). In the meantime, I'm in the A.S. program at Mesa college, taking the basic nutrition classes for a foundation. There is a program at Mesa (the only one in San Diego and Imperial Counties) that is for a DSS (Dietary Services Supervisor) certificate which would allow me to work in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. The state of California has a law (might be a new one, actually) that is going to require these types of facilities (with special needs diets) to have a certified DSS on staff 24/7. My "life changing decision" is to join this program. As it turns out, I've already taken 2 of the 6 required classes. I can take 4 more next semester, then take my practicum over summer (or in fall if I'm lazy). Then I'll be a certified DSS. Its a growing need for these DSS folks and even this semester the program coordinator knew off the top of her head 6 positions that were open immediately in various facilities. I'm also already ahead of the game (thanks to the classes I've already taken) than more than half the people that attended the DSS program orientation. They won't be getting theirs done until 2013 thanks to prerequisites. So, I'm excited. This could lead to a good job, a good paying job, and is just another stepping stone on my path to Registered Dietitian-hood.

As for my journey here and my plan: I wanted to do 28 Day Bootcamp and Couch to 5k. Well, thanks to this lame cold, I haven't done much of anything. I've worked out at a low intensity while sick before (its actually good for you to because it raises your body's temperature and cold/flu bugs need a certain temp to thrive, so by raising it, they can't do their evil thing! FUN. FACT.) Unfortunately, I can't breathe out of my nose and my asthma is all aggravated, so I'm coughing as well. Not exactly easy to walk on a treadmill, or in general for that matter, when you aren't able to take in enough oxygen, ya know? So, the chances of me getting to the Iron Girl 5k are looking less and less. Stupid body! Also a consequence is that I've had such a small appetite. I have to remind myself to eat. I can't taste anything, so I'm not really wanting to eat. My tummy is slightly queasy, which may/may not be related to gallbladder (see two paragraphs down). The lower half of my guts can't decide what they want to do- be upset or be normal. Ugh! Anyway, I went to school today and then my last day of work (more on that next paragraph), for a straight 8 hours of not healing or resting, and boy do I feel wiped out. Luckily, I have absolutely NOTHING to do tomorrow, so I will happily do that nothing in bed getting better.

So, today was my last day at work. I would like to say, yes, I know I voluntarily quit without having another job lined up. But, it was for my own mental health that I move on. That's not to say I didn't love the people there. My boss was wonderful in every way. One of the best ones I've had the pleasure to work for. She was kind, smart, understanding, and a good friend (but, a boss first and foremost). The package delivery drivers, Michelle for express and Ryan for ground, were so great, they really highlighted my day when they'd come get the packages for the day. I cried and hugged them tightly when I said bye to them today. They were truly wonderful people. I didn't cry when my boss left because I was still trying really hard to keep it together. But, I cried when I locked up the shop for the last time and carried out my notary supplies and coffee mug. I'll miss my favorite customers- Candy Banditt that would bring me goodies, the owner of an architectural firm who made it a point to learn my name when we met so we wouldn't be strangers, Bob with his millions of packages, the woman that drove to Costco up the road and came back in the rain to give me a brochure from their optical department, Jim and his flawless Spanish for an old white guy... As much as I hated what I did, and this job felt like such a waste of my time (5.5 scheduled hours a week at $8.50/hr and $5 by bus to get there- 'waste' might be an understatement), I will definitely miss the people that made my time there truly great. It was an emotional day, not to mention I felt like CRAPPPPPP!!!!, I'm just glad its over. Its time for me to move on.

I did have an appointment with my surgeon on Wednesday, the first day I woke up feeling this awful since whenever that was last week. I was prepared for a fight, and with the way I felt, I was not above being a total B to get what I wanted. Luckily, that didn't end up happening. The surgeon pretty much told me that despite what my HIDA scan said, if I was having problems due to a stone or stones, then that mother needs to come out! I was so glad because I was so afraid the HIDA was the be-all, end-all. The scan is when they inject me with a radioactive dye (I didn't even get superpowers from that- gypped!) and take a series of pictures- for 40 minutes!- of my gallbladder's ability to contract and dump out its contents into my stomach. The test was slightly painful and super boring, and said my gallbladder is functioning at 74% capacity. In other words, normally. But, I have pain within an hour or 30 minutes after I eat. I have pain at night for no reason. I have had to cut stuff out of my diet- like red meat, oatmeal, peanut butter, carbonated beverages (I don't drink soda, but I like sparkling water and hard ciders), and am unable to eat animal products of any kind in my first meal of the day. Not. Cool. So, it looks like my surgery will be taking place sometime after the holidays. WOOHOO! I'm so happy for that result.

Hopefully this junk will leave my system soon (where does this goo keep coming from!?!?!) so I can get back on track and can spend more time Sparking coherently.

  
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DSHONEYC 10/25/2011 5:02PM

    Ah, bummer to feel so badly. Maybe that's what Phillip Rivers had last Sunday (just kidding). You have some awesome plans ahead and I know you won't let this set you back!
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LISAG418 10/24/2011 12:48AM

    So hope you are feeling better soon! Excited to hear about your classes / "updated" career path. Hooray!

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MAESTERSTEVE 10/23/2011 2:24AM

    Awwwww! I'm a little late to the pity party so by the time you read this, you may not even need the pity I'm here to give! Anyway, hope the cold clears out soon! I guess it's a good thing I hadn't logged on for 3 days and missed your message! Hahaha!

Oh! And I found out the goo you referred to is deposited nightly by an agent of the International Goo Repository Association (or IGRA-pronounced ig-rah). Those bastards are really making the rounds about this time of year!

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CANNIE50 10/22/2011 12:38AM

    Oh, you poor thing. Enjoy lots of rest and hopefully, sleep, and lots and lots of water. I am glad you have a plan for school - you have picked a good area of study. TAKE CARE! emoticon emoticon

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CATS_MEOW_0911 10/21/2011 5:32PM

    Ugh--get well soon!

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JILLYBEAN25 10/21/2011 5:15PM

    Thanks ya'll for the well-wishes. And thanks especially for reminding me to drink water! I never remember to do that when I'm sick, so I shuffled to the kitchen and got a few bottles of water to keep by my bed.

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GABLE227 10/21/2011 5:11PM

    Feel better soon!!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/21/2011 1:34PM

    I'm so sorry you're still feeling so sick! No fun!!

I've thought about taking nutrition classes so I'd love to bend your ear about it when we go for a walk...hopefully soon!



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KRAWRS 10/21/2011 1:22PM

    Ugh... it sounds like what I went through in December-February. Different situations, but I was basically sick for two and a half months on and off. So frustrating!! I'm glad you're taking care of you though. (LOL @ gypped on superpowers). Just do your best for now (can you walk, even at a super slow pace, on the treadmill?) and when you're feeling more up to it you can kick it up a notch.

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TUCSONJILL 10/21/2011 12:50PM

    Your comment about getting gypped out on superpowers from your radioactive dye made me laugh! Next time I have to have something done that will SO be my mental image!

Hang in there, and feel better soon!



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ARUNNINGKAT 10/21/2011 11:48AM

    So sorry that you are sick again! Hate the days when no amount of medicine helps! Hope you can get lots of rest today and feel better very soon.

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RAINYFRIDAY 10/21/2011 11:04AM

    Get better! I hate when a cold/flu just keeps hanging on. Very exciting news on your qualification, best of luck with it! I live pretty near Mesa College, we'll have to get together for a walk sometime. :)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/21/2011 10:23AM

    emoticonOH JILLY, YOU MUST REST!! I HAVE NO IDEA WERE PHLEGM COMES FROM BUT IF MY HUSBAND AND I (AND YOU!) COULD PACKAGE IT AND SELL IT WE WOULD BE RICH (AND GOOEY!!)!! ANYWAY, STAY IN BED, REST IF YOU CAN'T SLEEP , AND TRY TO JUST "BE" SO YOUR BODY CAN RECOUP AND GET BETTER!
GET WELL SOON!
MARY
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SLIMMERJESSE 10/21/2011 9:22AM

    Hope you feel better soon. And that program at Mesa sounds great. Good luck with that.

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DZSWEETIE2005 10/21/2011 9:01AM

    oh goodness! i hope you get better ASAP!!!! i am miserable when i'm sick!!!!

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VICKI779 10/21/2011 8:15AM

    I cross my fingers for you and hope youŽll be better soon. So next year, after finishing your new program, you are going to give us the best advices about health nutrition, right?

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JSALERNO 10/21/2011 8:03AM

    I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. I KNOW I'VE BEEN UNDER THE WEATHER THIS WEEK AND IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT. MY PLAN IS TO GET AS MUCH SLEEP AS I CAN THIS WEEKEND.

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 10/21/2011 3:53AM

    I hope you feel better soon...it sucks to be sick.
That is cool that you will be getting your DSS...it sounds like there is a lot need for people with that qualification.
That is great news that you will be getting your surgery. I haven't had problems with my gall bladder, but my sister did. It was so painful that she couldn't even walk. She did enjoy the medication they would give her when she was having an attack...it was called a Pink Lady and it was Pepto Bismal and Morphine...lol
Again, I hope you feel better and have a good weekend.

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Fun Weekend Ahead

Saturday, October 15, 2011

So, after a pretty tumultuous Thursday/Thursday night, my friend made me take a cold shower to alleviate symptoms that we were pretty sure were due to heat stroke (not counting the ones that were due to my evil cold). She was right. I felt so much better, slept pretty well, and woke up Friday morning feeling infinitely better! So, I hopped a train to L.A. to spend the weekend with my best friend. We're going to the L.A. County Museum of Art to see the Tim Burton exhibit. Its with a group of people from her Bible study group, so I'm excited to meet them all. I already know 2 of them, and I'm glad to be seeing them again. Tomorrow will probably be pretty chill. :-)

So, now that I'm feeling better, I'm going to get into a routine again. Its been a rough couple weeks. I made the final decision a week ago to quit my job. I don't have another lined up, unfortunately, but I didn't like what I was doing, it wasn't helping me much financially, and it started to feel like a drain on my time. So, I'm praying for something better to come along soon. In the meantime, I'll concentrate on my two classes at school and getting as healthy as possible before having surgery for this gallbladder (whenever that'll be).

I'm going to start with the 28 Day Bootcamp again. It helped me a lot the first time around because it's structured and I'm told what to do. I like having something scheduled. I'm not so good at exercise on-the-fly. I think simultaneously I'll be doing the Couch to 5K program on Spark, too. I wanted to do the Iron Girl Del Mar 5k in November and was well on my way to being able to do so. Then my health took a dive. But, I think I've got it worked out now so I can safely do both. I'm not sure if I'll be up to par by the event, but I'll try anyway. I can always not do it if I feel like I'm not ready for it. There's always next year and there's always another 5k here in the sunny SD!

Well, I'm off. Tim Burton and LACMA awaits!

I'm a HUGE RAVENOUS fan of Futurama!

  
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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/18/2011 4:37PM

    Super cute pic! Hope you had a fun weekend! Just answered your question about the 5k and I see that you're planning to do the Iron Girl! I was debating between that and Shelter Island but I think I'm gonna go for Shelter Island, more for the scenery. But you have me comtemplating my decision again! ;)

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DSHONEYC 10/17/2011 3:52PM

    Funny how a weekend away can boost your spirits. Glad you had a great time. I am intrigued about your decision to quit your job. My BF1 quit hers in May to start a new business and end her weekly commute from Berkeley to Pine Grove. I know she wrestled with it a long time, but as Merle Haggard once said the "reason to quit, don't outnumber all the reasons why". Life is too short to get sucked into something you hate doing.

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Can't wait to read the new biography...


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RAINYFRIDAY 10/16/2011 10:57AM

    Hope you're having a FANTASTIC time! Even if you don't run the Irongirl I'm sure it'd be a great deal of fun to walk. I still haven't signed up, but I'm planning to.

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MAESTERSTEVE 10/16/2011 3:09AM

    Dammit! I'm so jealous that you get to go to the Tim Burton exhibit! You GOTS to take some pictures while you're there so I might bask in the soft glow of my laptop attempting to portray his awesomeness! BTW, love, love love the photo of you and Bender! Hang in there with the gallbladder thing, my wife had hers removed shortly before our wedding and the lead up to it was pretty horrific! I hope you aren't getting that constrictive feeling around your chestal area! That'd be a bummer! Have a great weekend!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/16/2011 12:22AM

    Cute picture! I am sorry you were so ill...I hate when that happens! Glad you are feeling
better and can go be with friends, that's good medicine! Good luck with 5k and finding another job...you'll find one!
Best wishes!
Mary
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CANNIE50 10/15/2011 7:04PM

    Sounds really fun. I am glad you are feeling better. Good plan for the exercise. Irongirl is a good choice for a 5k because they are such a supportive group.

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ERIKO1908 10/15/2011 6:51PM

    Have a great time!!

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