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Because a friend encouraged me.....

Thursday, November 04, 2010

......I started walking already.

Yes, I'm exactly 2 weeks out of surgery today (11.4.2010), but I've taken two walks of 15 minutes a day for the last two days, thanks to a friend.

Todd saw that I was in the dumps, unhappy sitting on the sidelines, and ready to start walking again. He asked me, why are you waiting longer, you can walk 15 minutes can't you. I told him I could and he encouraged me to get out there and Make It Happen. SO you now what I did, I've walked 15 minutes for two days in a row now!! Yep, it's only 15 minutes, but I feel SO much better getting out and walking that little bit, take me almost 20 minutes to do it, but I do it!

Thanks Todd for encouraging me to do the one thing that would make me feel better.....

I also have a companion on my walks, I'm hoping to make him my running mate, we'll see how that works though!

This is Smokey - he's a little camera shy.

  
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TODDJAMES 12/10/2010 7:16AM

    I never saw this blog. Glad I could INSPIRE you to move!

My mom always told me a TRUE FRIEND, takes care of themselves, but keeps their eyes on their friends...making sure THEY are being their BEST! Surround yourself with GREAT people...and you too will be GREAT!

Glad I listened to mom about something and that it worked for you...

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CSULLIVAN83 11/7/2010 8:57PM

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RUNNINGWILD 11/6/2010 2:34PM

    Smokey's a very handsome doggie. You're sure to have a great running buddy when you're both ready.

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HEALTHDUDE 11/5/2010 8:06PM

    One step in front of the other. Glad you are walking. Go slow.

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TWICETHEMAN 11/5/2010 2:26PM

    YEAH SMOKEY! GET WELL SAFE AND SOON!

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ABSOLUTZER0 11/5/2010 1:54PM

    Making it happen, bro! Woohoo!!!

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MOMOF6BOYS 11/5/2010 10:27AM

    Way to go Jerome!!! That natural Vitamin D does wonders for your body, mind, and spirit!!!! Keep it going....

Smokey is so cute! Thanks for sharing the pic :)



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JAJOLLY422 11/5/2010 9:15AM

    I think I'll try to train my dog to run too!! Maybe I can at least train him to do that........ haha!

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DMGABBETT 11/5/2010 8:07AM

    Way to go, Jerome!

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BTRTHANEVA 11/5/2010 5:20AM

    Friends are the *family* we choose to surround ourselves with.

Your body will be your litmus test. Listen to how it feels and act accordingly.

Beautiful Smokey! When friends or family aren't nearby (and even when they are) there's nothing like the unconditional love of your dog...

Get that pedometer on and start keep track of your *baby* steps to becoming fully healed!

Thanks to both Todd and you, Jerome... You guys ROCK!
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RJ-CYCLES 11/5/2010 12:21AM

    Cool stuff Jerome, and your four-footed friend is glad you take him out for the exercise :)

Don't forget to brush that long-haired pooch often.

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NANHBH 11/4/2010 11:32PM

    J-man,

So great to hear you are walking! I'm so proud of you for Making it Happen! I hope to take your lead after my surgeries.

Isn't that just like Todd to be the encourager? You are both incredibly inspiring leaders! I'm so grateful to be part of your team.
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PS - What a cute dog!

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DRUMMERGURL4HIM 11/4/2010 11:13PM

    Congrats to both of you! I'm glad to hear you're doing better. I knew you had surgery but didn't realize you were down in the dumps:( And here you've been encouraging me the last few days. We're all blessed to have friends like you and Todd. Hang in there and take it one step at a time.
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FLBEACHBUM14 11/4/2010 10:38PM

    I like your dog too! Glad you are walking again!

I went on a run with Molly and her group tonight and really enjoyed it. They are training for longer races with walk-run intervals which is different for me because I am used to just walking for warmup and cooldown but running the run part at as fast a pace as I feel I can maintain for the duration of the run. This was really different but I felt it was a good workout- especially since it was longer than my usual.

So you are walking, so that is part of the running training too! Just be careful and listen to your body (and your doctors and your wife) and don't overdo it or you could be down longer! Hang in there and keep sparking!
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DAYHIKER 11/4/2010 10:37PM

    Excellent, Jerome! And good for Todd for the prod! I think I'll try my healing broken toe on the treadmill for a few minutes tomorrow in honor of you.

Is that an Aussie? He's gorgeous! My all time favorite dog, gone to glory, was my blue eyed red merle Aussie, Syd. She was the best at herding the dairy goats or hiking with me on the rough trails. Sure miss her.

Cindy

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MCSNYDER1 11/4/2010 10:36PM

    Woo-Hoo for you!!!!! And look at Smokey!!! Did you know that's the name of the Univ. of TN's mascot???? He's a blue tick hound.

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GRACEFULIFE 11/4/2010 10:35PM

    Good job dude!

Long-haired pooch in Texas, eh. Good luck with that come summertime, heh. I suspect I wouldn't ever be willing to even go outside, myself.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/4/2010 10:30PM

    emoticon Great friends are invaluable!

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CARLA0716 11/4/2010 10:28PM

    Good to hear that you're out there making small steps... its the way to making big steps! Remember when you couldn't run the length of yourself!? See? YOu'll be back to running in no time! ! emoticon

Great looking dog

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Post Surgery Update

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Hey Spark Friends..........I've heard from several today asking about my recovery from surgery so I thought I'd do a quick update.

Almost 2 weeks out now(surgery was Oct 21), I'm recovering much slower than I wanted, but I AM doing exactly as I'm told. I'm NOT lifting, not walking fast, not running, not do anything much except the necessary functions of life.

I worked from home M - TH last week and returned to the office on Friday. I had permission to stay home from my boss, but I was entirely too restless to stay home one more day!! Being at the office wore me out I will admit. Walking from car to building was a chore, walking to the break room or restroom was a chore, things I do daily just took longer!. I survived though!!

I am getting stronger everyday, am able to move a little quicker each day and not quite as exhausted at the end of the day. My wife and daughters have been GREAT to take care of me and doing the things I'm not supposed to do!!! To those who have said prayers on my behalf, I think you from the bottom of my heart! I would ask that you continue to pray for healing and patience! Y'all know me, I don't sit around very well, this is TOUGH.

I do have it on my calendar that I can start working out again on December 3rd!!

Thanks

  
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NAPITOVSFAME 11/5/2010 1:07AM

    bummer, I am sure you will be back to your warrior self soon.

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TODDJAMES 11/3/2010 12:22PM

    Glad to hear you are listening to someone for once! And HOW LUCKY YOU ARE to have the wife and kids to do your chores...NICE!

If I remember correctly...the doctor said you could start walking within 2 weeks...so tomorrow...I am anxious to see you post 15 minutes a day for your workout! Slow...steady...but MOVE! I bet you can make it a half mile in 15 minutes...MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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MOMOF6BOYS 11/3/2010 7:57AM

    Thanks for the update Jerome!! One day at a time...and you will be right back where you were when pre-surgery...it's just a little speed bump in keeping "THE MAN" down...



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DRVILLEN 11/3/2010 7:20AM

  Hey man! I had an abdominal one fixed in May this year.
I gave an extra 3 weeks more than the doctor said. It sucked but I wanted
To make absolutely certain I was not going to tear any work they did
On the inside, good luck with healing.

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BILLALEX70 11/3/2010 5:28AM

    Glad to hear things are going according to plan and you're obeying doctors orders. You'll be back to INSANITY before you know it.

Godspeed!

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NANHBH 11/2/2010 11:42PM

    Hee hee, I'll bet there will be a daily countdown to Dec 3! So glad that you are progressing each day -- and that you are following directions!

Get well soon!
Nancy
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MSANITAL 11/2/2010 10:05PM

    Glad you are doing better. Listen to the doctor and your body.. before you know it you will be back to your old self.
Hang in there.. don't for get you could always sit and listen to some Gean Simmons..

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NANNER2121 11/2/2010 7:37PM

    You know, learning to obey new limitations are probably harder than the surgery itself. At least it was for me whenever I had surgeries. Good for you for listening to advice and following it! You'll be back "on track" soon.

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ABSOLUTZER0 11/2/2010 7:15PM

    Glad you are doing what you are told bro! You are going to come back stronger than ever! Woohoo!!! I have December 3rd marked on my calendar just for you!

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CARLA0716 11/2/2010 7:11PM

    oops! should have read here first before the email! Good to hear all is going well. :)

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MCSNYDER1 11/2/2010 7:10PM

    You've been such a good patient! You have been NO trouble at all for us to take care of!! LOL!!! I am so glad to know that you are smart-following dr's orders, that means that you will be READY on Dec. 3 to get back at it!!!

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FLBEACHBUM14 11/2/2010 7:06PM

    Hey, December 3 will be here before you know it- October sure flew by fast! Hang in there and keep being smart and taking care of yourself and you will be BETTER than new in no time! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 11/2/2010 7:05PM

    Good for you for following your doctor's orders! You'll heal much more quickly that way. Tough isn't it? Wishing you all the best!

Cindy in Indiana

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I'm not on a diet

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I’m not on a diet

How many times have I heard the word DIET this year?
“How are you doing on your diet?”
“How long have you been on your diet?”
“What diet pill did you take?” (OH PLEASE)

I’ve heard other people say
“I need to get back on my diet”
“I diet but I never lose weight”
“I’m not good on a diet”

Come on people GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME, this is NOT a DIET, this is YOUR LIFE!!!

Stop with the DIET and CHANGE your life. You have to realize this is not a race and MOST importantly, there IS NO FINISH LINE. WE must be making changes that will last a LIFETIME. Sometimes it will be hard to keep your motivation. It will be hard to keep moving when we are sore, when our body seems to be stuck at a plateau, times like these will require a lot of heart and a lot of determination. Ultimately this will force us to grow as a person.

Life change involves baby steps, one day at a time, you will learn to eat healthy. One small victory at a time will lead to a streak that streak will become a habit, then that habit becomes the new lifestyle! Tracking our food is a huge part of this lifestyle, knowing WHAT we are eating is critical. Tracking our nutrition holds us accountable to ourselves and gives us a crystal clear picture of what exactly we put in our bodies. In the beginning that picture may not be all that great, however over time it will get better and better and become a picture of health! When that happens we will begin to feel guilty if we put junk food in our bodies. Do we want to clutter up our picture of healthy eating with junk, no way. Maintaining this journal helps us keep that commitment to ourselves.

Fitness is no different. Start out slow, one day at a time. Once small victory after another combined becomes a streak, that streak will become a habit! It is very important that we find exercises that keep us coming back for more. Finding a balance of exercises that works for you and your body will keep you coming back. Fitness is one of those things that we should put on our schedule and considered part of our normal routine and not be considered as something ELSE we have to do. A lot of times, we make the very easy decision to skip our workout if we don’t have it on our schedule.

Get involved with a team, actively involved with a team. Let’s face it, we are all competitive, that’s just human nature. Is there a better way to stay motivated than to be challenged by another member of the team? Being involved with a team is crucial to your success. Motivation, inspiration, challenges, friendship, safe, honest, caring – these are just a few words I can come up with to describe the benefits of being active on a team. Recruit your friends and family, co-workers into a challenge with you; these are great ways to keep your motivation up.

This is not a diet folks, this is your life. It’s not rocket science so stop making it so hard. You know what to do, GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME – eat healthy, schedule your workouts, get involved with a team!

The time is now – GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME

  
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NANNER2121 10/21/2010 8:10PM

    Bravo!!!

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RMX988 10/20/2010 10:47AM

    I agree whole heartedly that it is a lifestyle change. That being said, I use the word "diet" simply as a way of describing "weight loss mode". I don't mean it is a temporary period of altering eating habits. To me it's just a word and I don't look to far into it. For me to be successful at this, it will take a lifetime effort or I will be right back up to 290 lbs like I was in 2007. When I say I'm on a diet, it's only because I don't know what else to call it, haha. I can't go around saying "I on a lifestyle change" because that just sounds weird, haha.

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AKIMBERLYQ1 10/19/2010 1:50PM

    wonderfully said. I do hate when people say that words. I need to go on diet. I cringe when I hear it.

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RUNNINGPFUHL 10/17/2010 11:32AM

    LOVE IT!!

I say that ALL.THE.TIME!! This isn't a diet!!

I hear people say: I fell off the wagon!

My comment to them is: If you're getting on and off the wagon, then who's driving it??

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DAYHIKER 10/16/2010 4:36PM

    Great post! I "liked it"!! emoticon

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JRSGIRL1995 10/14/2010 5:02PM

    Well if that doesnt get you going nothing will!!! emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 10/14/2010 3:30PM

    You are 100% correct. This is my lifetime journey to a healthier lifestyle. Which is what I tell people all the time. emoticon

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NEENSTER1 10/14/2010 1:56PM

    I AM NOT ON A DIET PEOPLE!!!! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 10/14/2010 1:02PM

    I couldn't have said it better myself. Just the other night this discussion came up at dinner with friends, and I was SO happy to hear the words come out of my mouth, "you know, I'm not on a diet. I eat whatever I want. It just happens that most of the time, what I want is healthy and good for me."

Great blog entry. I'm marking it "I Liked This" and encourage everyone else to do the same!

SDJ

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REGGIE2009 10/14/2010 12:44PM

    Jerome, I agree with FLBEACHBUM14. This would be a great article for all new spark members to read. Sparkpeople is an interactive site. We get what we put into it. If we put in our all; we are sure to reap the benefits. By taking it one step at a time we will experience life changing results. No diet can do that. Great blog my friend. Thank you.
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MCSNYDER1 10/14/2010 11:39AM

    Great blog, buddy!!! My mother is always on a "diet"! To me, hearing her say that is like scratching fingernails down a chalkboard! A long time ago, some "diet" group I was a part of said that we shouldn't say "DIE-it", but "LIVE-it"---because it is somethng that will help us to live longer (plus, it just sounds more positive). Eating healthy does not mean "dieting"...as you say--it's a way of life! Same with fitness. Instead of making time for it in my busy schedule, I am trying to make it just a normal part of my day--like getting out of bed, brushing my teeth, etc.

My required reading is now done...but I shall revisit this and Todd's 10 things frequently!

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TODDJAMES 10/14/2010 11:31AM

    At the fear of sounding like I have a HUGE EGO...I think THIS BLOG, accompanied by the POPULAR 10 THINGS KING SPARK TAUGHT ME...should be required reading on DAY 1 of joining SparkPeople...and reading them should be the minimum requirement for being a part of any team I am a part of...lol!

Good blog my friend!

Now...we will HOPE the people that NEEDED this information will realize it is INTENDED FOR THEM!

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BTWCOACH 10/14/2010 11:28AM

    Good Blog, Jerome! Win one for the Gipper!!!! (or is that too old for anyone to remember???)

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NANHBH 10/14/2010 11:13AM

    Send me in, Coach! Great half-time pep talk!

Be well,
Nancy
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FLBEACHBUM14 10/14/2010 9:43AM

    Not just a great blog, this would be a good article for ALL new SparkMembers to read! This is what the SP lifestyle change is all about and conveys the difference between this approach and a "diet" perfectly. Great job!

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BTRTHANEVA 10/14/2010 9:31AM

    Right on Jerome! It's a total mind and body commitment which takes time and discipline. Having a great support system like the MIH team helps keep us committed to becoming our best through healthy lifestyle choices...that will last a lifetime!
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ABSOLUTZER0 10/14/2010 8:50AM

    Awesome post bro! Yes, we have to be in this for the long haul. No shortcuts, no secrets, pills, etc. If those did exist someone would make a fortune! LOL! We are changing lives by making lifestyle changes!

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SPARKLE1908 10/14/2010 8:41AM

    Great blog and so very true...this IS a lifestyle change and putting ourselves on restrictive meal plans is a recipe for failure!!

It takes a lot to change mentally, but it can be done!!!!

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MSANITAL 10/14/2010 7:07AM

    Great Blog, I so agree. I think the word Diet is just another made up workd made by the commercial industry.. to suck us in..
it truly is a healthy life style.no diffrent then any then breathing everyday..


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CSULLIVAN83 10/14/2010 6:54AM

    I use to get that ALL the time! I lost 79 lbs in 2002 and kept it off til around 2006. I fell back into old habits again. Not all of them but A LOT of them. Anyways. I use to answer it with. "Everyone is on a diet. A diet is what you eat on a daily basis. That is the definition. I don't restrict anything from my diet. I eat what I want, but I don't over eat. People get confused and think they must be overfull. STOP eating when you are not hungry anymore. If you eat up from the table and feel it is hard to move, you over ate. You should NOT get that heavy feeling in your stomach. Also eat often. Every 2-4 hours so that your body never slows down with burning calories." That use to be my response.

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CARLA0716 10/14/2010 5:33AM

    hear! hear!
Admittedly I was in that 'diet' trap more often in my life than I care to remember. 'Tomorrow I'll start my diet'. 'this diet sucks'. 'can't eat anything on this stupid diet!' Now, I don't diet, I just pay attention to what I'm eating, try to exercise when I can. And because I do have setbacks and do not lose the weight like I want to, I can only blame my self for my laziness or sometimes-half-heartedness, and not some 'diet'. Seems to work. Go figure.

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NUOVAELLE 10/14/2010 5:23AM

    Great blog! I completely agree with you. Only when someone stops using the word "diet" and starts focusing on a lifetime change will they see real results.
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MINNA72 10/14/2010 3:24AM

    Totally, 100%, in agreement with you. It is NOT a diet. I'm in this for life and I'm trying to figure out what kind of foods I want incorporated in my lifestyle. It is not a diet.

Good blog entry.

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LUCKY117 10/14/2010 1:25AM

    Great blog :)

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RUNNINGWILD 10/14/2010 12:37AM

    I cringe when people mention pills & powders. That's not going to be a part of MY new lifestyle.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/13/2010 11:55PM

    Jerome, you are SO CORRECT! no diet!! that is a four letter word. besides that, i know from personal experience that once *I* quit tracking my food, the weight loss is over, the diet is over and it is time to gain all of the weight back and then some! how many times can a person go on a diet? i don't ever want to be on another diet in my life.

Happily, I will be logging my food in to my journal and on to Spark for the rest of my life. And yes, even now on vacation in my rv, i brought along my food scale and measuring cups. Even after just over 200 days on Spark and 36 pounds lost, i still measure and track my food. i don't ever want to be too comfortable that i guess how much i am eating.

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RJ-CYCLES 10/13/2010 11:46PM

    I started reading about this early in August -- and completely agree with you. Diets fail. A new food-lifestyle succeeds. One focuses on ending, the other focuses on long-term.

I have NO desire to eat the overwhelming majority of things I ate before because they are simply not good for my system. I now feel better (tremendously LESS headaches, more energy) since eating better, hydration, etc.

I now evaluate foods/recipes on how to make them better for me and my wife for long-term, for our health.

Great blog post Jerome - the diet mentality is doomed to failure and an end. What we're doing here is for life and is better!

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MAREANNIE 10/13/2010 11:43PM

    Oh, my head is definitely in the game! This is my life! This is an ongoing journey, and I am trying to be thankful and enjoy each step.

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KAITLYNN51 10/13/2010 11:28PM

    I couldn't agree with you more regarding "This isn't a diet!"
I really do believe that you have to change a lifestyle in order to make lasing change.

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KAITLYNN51 10/13/2010 11:28PM

    I couldn't agree with you more regarding "This isn't a diet!"
I really do believe that you have to change a lifestyle in order to make lasing change.

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HOPERISING 10/13/2010 11:14PM

    Bravo!

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Pumpkin Run Review - My first ever 10K

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Pumpkin Run - October 9th, 2010 – My first ever 10K race

As usual, I didn’t sleep all that well last night and I’m told that the pre race nerves will probably never go away. I suppose a few nerves are actually a good thing, right?! My alarm goes off at 6am and I’m up and ready to start the day. I had one Nature Valley Sweet & salty peanut bar and a full bottle of water before I left the house, taking with me my Spark energy drink to finish at least one hour before race time.
This race is at Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, TX and just happens to be about 4 miles from my house. I arrived really early at the suggestion of the event promoters due to the amount of traffic they were expecting. I arrived about 7:15ish and was surprised at how many people are already there. Yes, a line of cars turning into to the lake and the first parking lot is nearly full. I decided I didn’t need long sleeves or a jacket, simply because I didn’t want to walk back to the car before race time!
I walked over to the staging area, shivering because of my decision to NOT bring my long sleeve shirt. I found the timing chips and got my chip in place on my shoe and starting pacing. I was pacing in circles like a caged lion for warmth and to get my legs warmed up a little. Lynette (MarathonMomto4) texted me and said she was close. I was meeting a buddy John and Lynette at this race to share the experience with them. Lynette is finally here and the conversation about her vibrams shortly ensues, everybody wants to know about them.
After two trips to the port a pot, some butt kicks, and high knees to get my legs warmed and stretched. We start walking around a little bit to collect my buddy John and his brother and we start toward the starting line. The starting gate is VERY narrow so we are totally expecting for the start to be slow. Then announcer starts making announcements like, If you run a 5 minute mile, please go to the front, 6 minute mile behind them and so on. Guess how many people moved around?? OK, I know you give up, NONE!! There are every age in the book at this event from elementary to nearly 90, we’ve got it covered. Several of the people right around us are walkers, clearly, shouldn’t they be in the back??
3, 2, 1 and we’re OFF and running. Well, sort of! Lynette has very kindly committed to staying with me and running start to finish WITH me, which was awesome of her, thank you Lynette! We start weaving in and out of the traffic, darting through the holes between people, etc, anything to get out of the mass of people. My garmin chimes at the ½ mile mark and I told Lynette I think we’d run a mile just dodging other people. Mile one complete, STILL in traffic that includes kiddos and older folks alike, at 8:11avg for the mile. That’s a tad faster than I wanted to run, but I was feeling good so I told Lynette to keep pushing. Mile two was an 8:08 avg and mile 3 was 8:27 average. FINALLY we’re at the 5K turn off and the traffic thins quite a bit. We are now headed to the dam that I run on nearly every Sunday. I knew the first hill was coming up when we got to the dam. I slowed quite a bit when we hit the hill. Mile 4 was an average of 8:41, largely due to the hill and the exhaustion that caused me. It wasn’t a major hill at all, but I’ve not trained hills for about two weeks or more due to a health issue. I really enjoy running on the dam at the lake, the view is quite nice actually, water on one side, homes etc on the other. Coming off the dam, I welcomed that minor downhill grade for a little rest. Mile 5 was even a tad slower at 8:47 average and holding fairly steady. I started to get minor side stitches and a cramp in my shoulder. Lynette is so awesome, she talked me through how to ease the cramp in shoulder and that really helped!! We are now back into the Lynn creek park area of the lake and guess who we’ve caught up with, you guessed it, the tail end of the walkers of the 5k race. Once again, we are running all around, dodging walkers, yelling “runner on right” etc. I know they have right to be there and quite frankly, so proud of them for being there, for finishing it. Within the last mile I had to face another minor up hill climb, yes it was minor, but I was hurting. I was talking to myself trying to talk myself into pushing harder to the end. I managed to push to the end as strong as possible. Mile 6 averaged 8:42 which is a little quicker than the last two miles were. By now we have to dodge walkers AND people who are already leaving/walking to their cars. We hit the staging area and I managed to step it up again to do one final push and look strong as we finished! Always finish stronger than you started, right??

Total race length was 6.34 miles on my garmin and my time was 53:52. Average pace was 8:29, average speed was 7.1mph, the rest of the stats are on the link below:
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52290
029?sms_ss=email&at_xt=4cb0ee3f0b9a34b2

CONGRATS to Lynette who managed to finish 3rd in her age division even running with a tortoise named Jerome!! HEY LYNETTE….the Tortoise and Hare FINALLY ran together,,,,step by step!! THANK YOU!!! Really means a lot to me that you were with me all the way, THANKS!

Did I mention that I did this race today with a fairly major sports hernia and I have surgery schedule for October 21st to have that repaired.?? Yes it hurt, Yes, I’m sore, yes that was more than likely my last race of the 2010. I will be in recovery until the second week of December following the doctor’s orders to the T!!! I will come back to running and I’ll run better than ever!

Can't have a pumpkin run without a PumpkinDude, right??


Staging area


Sunrise


Lynette and I post race


John and I post race


Prolly the nicest race t-shirt I've gottten (first medium I've worn in 15 years or more)

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/27/2010 12:27PM

    This is outstanding!!! Can't imagine what you would have done without the health issues.

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RMX988 10/20/2010 10:49AM

    Great effort Jerome! Proud of ya!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing. What an inspiration1

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GRAMMY13X 10/12/2010 1:25AM

    Great blog post. Congrats on an awesome race and pushing through the pain. What a difference a friend makes! Hope you have a speedy recovery from surgery.

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CSULLIVAN83 10/11/2010 12:36AM

    YAY!!! You did AWESOME!!!

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FREEDOMSTAR 10/10/2010 6:24PM

    Im proud of you bud I know you were struggling with issues few weeks ago, but you came through and finished in a big way!
sub 1 hour for your first 10k is an awesome time


cheers
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ABSOLUTZER0 10/10/2010 5:27PM

    Bro, I see you killing it! Congrats on your first 10k. I know it felt a little different than a 5k, eh? That is a nice shirt, too. Is it a tech shirt? Looks like it.

Slow? Yes, sure you are slow! YOU ARE AMAZING! I see, as usual, I have to train harder! LOL! Great report and seems like a great race!



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ANNESYLVIA 10/10/2010 5:19PM

    Congratulation on your run. emoticon I felt like I was there with you guys. emoticon

Just remember I WILL remember you said right after surgery you WILL listen to your doctors and follow their order to the 'T'. I would hate to see you hurting even worst!



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TODDJAMES 10/10/2010 4:37PM

    Probably MY FAVORITE BLOG YOU HAVE EVER WRITTEN! I imagined you there...with every word! Your strength...both internally and externally is a rare combination!

HOW LUCKY I am to have a friend like you!

Congrats on your crowning achievement for 2010...and to think less than 10 months ago...
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Positive prayers and thoughts for a speedy recovery!

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RJ-CYCLES 10/10/2010 4:12PM

    Congrats on the medium T-shirt - great going Jerome!

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DMGABBETT 10/10/2010 3:28PM

    Jerome - Congrats on a strong finish!
You are crazy my friend for thinking you are "slow" with an 8:29 pace while running with your condition. After the Doc clears you to run again - as long as you ease back into it with the training, I know you will be better than ever!
Being able to wear a size MEDIUM shirt again - Priceless!

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GSCOTTC 10/10/2010 10:43AM

    Great race report and a very nice time. Congrats.

Scott

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NANHBH 10/10/2010 12:38AM

    emoticonJerome!

Awesome results - especially since you were dealing with the health issue! You are an inspiration to me. Maybe, just maybe one of these days, I will RUN a race!
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ELYMWX 10/9/2010 10:23PM

    Great report Jerome, and way to end your year on a high note!

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BTWCOACH 10/9/2010 10:04PM

    Very nice, Jerome! You look GREAT in that size Medium shirt!!!
Congrats on a fast race!!!

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BTRTHANEVA 10/9/2010 9:52PM

    Way to go, country pumpkin! Keep this up and you'll be slipping into *smalls* in no time! Congrats on your completing your first 10k - injured, no less. Now, no more races until after your surgery!
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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/9/2010 9:51PM

    Congratulations Jerome, that is awesome! now, go sit around in that size medium t-shirt and give your body a break before that surgery!



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REGGIE2009 10/9/2010 9:48PM

    emoticonmy friend! I am so proud of you! You will definitely be back better and stronger!
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MOMOF6BOYS 10/9/2010 9:31PM

    Jerome, you never cease to amaze me!!! WOW!!! 10K! Way to go!!!

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BOBBYD31 10/9/2010 9:24PM

    slow at an 8:29 pace, i think not! congrats

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FLBEACHBUM14 10/9/2010 8:39PM

    WooHoo! emoticon Congrats on your first 10K! Thanks for sharing your experience- it sure makes me want to resume running again!

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AMYGOES211 10/9/2010 8:36PM

    Congrats, Jerome! Your first 10K! I'm really happy that you had such a great race.

And the medium tshirt! Yea!!!!! emoticon

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EDGEOFSANITY 10/9/2010 8:03PM

    Congrats on a great race! So glad I was able to share it with you =)

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NANNER2121 10/9/2010 7:55PM

    I'm impressed!
Makes me want to get out and do one myself - almost!!


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HOPERISING 10/9/2010 7:31PM

    You are a pumpkin head, running a 10k with a hernia! But I'm proud of you anyway! You kept a nice steady pace and made it happen! You rock Jerome, and you never cease to inspire me! I can't wait to see what you can achieve sans hernia!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 10/9/2010 7:24PM

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Way to go Jerome! This is a great blog - I love reading about your runs!! I am majorly impressed with your terrific accomplishments, and the size M t-shirt!!! WooHOOOOO!!!

Get some good rest!


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MCSNYDER1 10/9/2010 7:24PM

    Jerome, you are absolutely awesome! You did it! I am soooo proud of you. What did Lynette tell you to do about the shoulder cramps? That bothers me every time I run. I tell them to stay down and loose, but they just don't listen.
Now, about that pumpkin outfit......

CONGRATULATIONS
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MFOLAND1 10/9/2010 7:18PM

    Congrats on your first 10K! You should be proud :) Now, take it easy before the surgery my friend!

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Surgery Date set

Monday, October 04, 2010

October 21st at approx 10-10:30am CST.

That is the date and time I will be having this Sports Hernia fixed!! I'm READY too. Then I'll have about 6 weeks to fully recover before he'll release me to run again.

I learned just over a week ago what the LUMP and PAIN in my groin are, yes it's a Sports Hernia. Both Dr's I've seen seem to think I've this thing for a long time. I KNOW I've had it since atleast April of this year(possibly years before though) just by the pain and symptoms that I now know of! I thought it was just ab pain from Insanity and then RevAbs, NOPE! I thought the lump was just fat I hadn't lost yet, NOPE again!

You can bet that after recovery, I'll hit the ground running as soon as possible!!

  
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SOCKITTOME 10/24/2010 12:57PM

    As someone who as "been there done that" with hernia surgery, definitely give the area time to heal. And when you hit the ground running, start out easy and work your way up again. You'll be amazed at how your body "hits the wall" when recovering from surgery. Give it the time to heal that it needs. You'll be better in the long run (no pun intended LOL).


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/21/2010 3:13PM

    Just got to this today. Hope everything went well.

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NANHBH 10/10/2010 12:44AM

    Jerome,

You'll be in my thoughts and prayers on the 21st. You'll be stronger than ever after your recovery!

Be well,
Nancy

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ANDREA0301 10/9/2010 12:34AM

    Do what the doctors tell you to do and don't do what they tell you not to do! Youll be back at it in no time. Heal quickly and be well my friend!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 10/7/2010 9:19PM

    Here's to speedy recovery and increased health!! :D

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LEANNROCKS 10/5/2010 4:54AM

    Jerome, when I hear that someone has noticed symptoms for years maybe, these people recover from surgery feeling better than they have in forever - mostly because they didn't realize they had been feeling so bad. Doesn't that excite you?
Praying for you,
Lynne

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JASNAFAN 10/4/2010 11:31PM

    I'll be including you my prayers from now until then and after. You take good care mate!

Alison

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IOWEIT2ME 10/4/2010 8:27PM

    LOL at Healthdude's comment ... Hey J, I'm praying that you have a successful surgery and be back and around before you know it!

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NOMADDAD 10/4/2010 8:18PM

    You'll meet this head-on and come out like the winner you are! Good luck and great recovery!

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MFOLAND1 10/4/2010 8:14PM

    Praying for a speedy recovery! Hang in there...you are strong:)
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COOPSM 10/4/2010 7:47PM

    Good luck with OR---here is to a speedy recovery!!!

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BOBBYD31 10/4/2010 7:40PM

    good luck hope all goes well

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CSULLIVAN83 10/4/2010 7:22PM

    Hope the Sx gets it fixed and everything goes well!! You'll come back emoticon than ever!!

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CUATROMOMMY 10/4/2010 7:21PM

    I bet the weight loss and physical accomplishments that you have reached so far will help speed up your recovery after this surgery.

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AMYGOES211 10/4/2010 7:17PM

    Hope you have an easy surgery and speedy recovery, Jerome!

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RJ-CYCLES 10/4/2010 6:48PM

    Praying for ya - RJ

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/4/2010 6:24PM

    Jerome, i am putting you on my prayer list! you better listen to the Doctors orders!!
Hey, just think, you will have TONs of time on your hands to boss all of us MIH's around with exercises!!

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HEALTHDUDE 10/4/2010 4:37PM

    Jerome,
FYI....That six weeks recovery usually includes no SEX...so.....17 days left!!!

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APRILBLESS 10/4/2010 4:19PM

    Wow guy... that's quite a discovery. Listen, you get well pre-opt for your surgery! Sending you well wishes already.
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PASHHR 10/4/2010 3:55PM

    Glad you're able to get this taken care of. Hoping for a good recovery.

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BILLALEX70 10/4/2010 2:43PM

    Here's to hoping you make a speedy recovery!

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HOPERISING 10/4/2010 2:42PM

    Having to halt things to have surgery and recovery sucks, but just think how much better everything will be when its repaired! I can't wait to see what mischief you get into during six weeks of recovery time. Woot!

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CARLA0716 10/4/2010 2:08PM

    Bummer! Hope you're feeling better soon!

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ONEGREATCAT 10/4/2010 2:07PM

    Sorry to hear you have to have surgery. Having followed you on SP, I do know how committed you are and that you will be "chomping at the bit" to get back out there! Wait, and relax, and enjoy as much as possible. There is TRULY a reason for everything.

So...please...li
sten to the doctors, your sparkbuddies, and yes, YOUR WIFE AND YOUR KIDS! They need a healthy spouse and daddy. THEN...and only then...can you RUN YOUR BUNS OFF!

I pray for complete recovery!

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MOMOF6BOYS 10/4/2010 1:59PM

    Sorry to hear of your sideline for a little while! But so happy to hear that you are getting it fixed :) Yep...know exactly what you are going through...after 6 c-sections I developed a hernia and had it repaired! UGH! But, I have not had any problems since the hernia repair!!

In fact, my surgeon made me MORE determined to get in shape! He had the nerve to tell ME that my tummy would never go back into shape after my 7 surgeries!! Well, baby...that was definitely a challenge I took up!! I decided to prove him wrong!! It is taking longer than I would like, but my tummy is getting toned :)

You will be in my prayers ~ and you will definitely feel 110% better :)

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ABSOLUTZER0 10/4/2010 12:58PM

    My brother from another mother.....I am glad you are getting it taken care of. I can't have my brother out of it. I will be thinking about you bro and I know you will have a nice recovery! I know you will hit the ground running when you are cleared. I will run my HM in your honor! Be strong!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/4/2010 12:18PM

    I am glad it was something so easy to fix! You are in such great shape that the recovery will be easy. Another reason to be glad we are doing this!

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BTRTHANEVA 10/4/2010 12:16PM

    You'll be back to *normal* soon. Just make sure you follow dr's orders and don't re-injure yourself! Sending positive & healing energy your way!
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TODDJAMES 10/4/2010 12:14PM

    On your ONE YEAR Spark Anniversary...I will be in Dallas...and we will RUN in celebration of your recovery and renewed outlook at the future! Use the down time to reflect on your journey...to think about HOW you can CONTINUE to spread the spark...to PLAN for 2011...the year we have determined that NO "ONE" will stand alone! I believe EVERYTHING happens for a reason and that you are SUPPOSED to have this down time to MAKE these things HAPPEN!

See you December 28th...It's a PROMISE!

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LEFTCIRCLES 10/4/2010 12:02PM

    Best of luck my man!!! I know you'll come back strong!

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MSANITAL 10/4/2010 12:01PM

    You will feel like a new person, take it easy and listen to your body..
hope you feel better soon
look at it this way more time to listen to KISS CDs...

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 10/4/2010 12:00PM

    Kisses, Kisses, Hugs, Hugs...

You being you, you already have a plan! This is why your are so wonderful.

Chana
Spark Baby!


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3CHIHUAHUA 10/4/2010 11:57AM

    you will be better and faster too

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 10/4/2010 11:40AM

    Thoughts & prayers for a speedy recovery. I'm sure you will be Making it Happen as soon as you can. Take care.

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MCSNYDER1 10/4/2010 11:39AM

    I KNOW you will hit the ground running after recovery! YOU are a survivor. YOU are a warrior! YOU have the determination of a starving dog chewing a bone! YOU are great!!!!!!

We are all in your corner, waiting to cheer you on! In the meantime, we are in the locker room, pepping you up!

Luv ya, buddy!

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