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Getting Serious About 10K Training

Monday, May 10, 2010

Just about a month until the 10K! And my longest distance outside is only 4.5 miles!
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Yesterday's excellent run was a huge confidence boost. But it also reminded me that I'm a wuss about running outside sometimes and there is NOTHING to be scared of in getting out there on my own and taking it to the road even without a race planned.

I'm not a hugely visual person (though I love photos and artwork!), hence the reason why I haven't made a collage or anything like that. All of my appointments and schedules are kept in my head. That needs to change at some point when the old noggin starts to forget more often!

So the hubs helped me put together a 10K training schedule I can keep handy wherever I go. Yeah, I'm not the best at graphic design either...



That's the plan and I'm sticking to it! And I want to do at least 75% of these runs outside, weather or no weather.

OK, just realized nobody can actually read that photo... Meh...

It's 4-4-5 miles this week, 5-4-5-6 next week, then 5-4-4, a hardcore 6-4-6 week and a 3-4 and then RACE DAY on the last week. I have one rest day per week and cross-training (whatever I feel like) in between running days.

Oh, and this is basically the last 5 weeks of the "Spark Your Way to a 10K" plan with a few modifications based on my schedule (I'll be in Pittsburgh the weekend before the 10K!) and yes, it might end up tweaked further.

  
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BREW99 5/12/2010 8:37AM

    Yay! That is amazing! I should be doing the same thing. I wanted to run a 10K this spring however I can't find any in my area. There are a few 5K's but still searching for the 10K. Good Luck! You are going to do amazing now that you have a plan setup!

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JEANNIEMAG 5/12/2010 6:51AM

    Great job! This is the way to do it. As hard as it may get, keep going. It's a great feeling to be striving toward a goal and checking off those workouts one by one. You will feel like you can take on anything once you cross that finish line. You go girl!!!
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TRISH106 5/11/2010 9:53PM

    Great plan.
You will do great in the 10 K. emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/11/2010 7:24PM

    You've got a great plan. You are going to be so prepared for this race!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/11/2010 4:44PM

    Love the plan and can't wait to see yourself achieve this goal. I am also planning to put my reluctance to run outside in the rearview mirror. Outside here I come!

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MAIA2011 5/11/2010 4:39PM

    You can TOTALLY do it because you are AWESOME!

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CHANCE0719 5/11/2010 3:57PM

    Woohoo, sounds like a good plan! YOU CAN DO IT!!! :)

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.TARA. 5/11/2010 3:07PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan that will help you succeed! Keep us updated!

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GRACEISENUF 5/11/2010 1:41PM

    emoticon I'll be here to cheer ya on!

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ESBELL 5/11/2010 12:40PM

    I have a similar training program, and to make it more fun for me, I have little stickers that I put on each workout when I finish it. It hangs on my fridge, and I can see how far I have come everytime I go in the kitchen. It's also easier to see when I have sluffed off a workout ::blush:: Good luck with your race.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/11/2010 12:23PM

    Awesome!! I made up my own 10K plan as well adopted from several others and based on my needs. So far I have done two 5-mile runs with my first 6-miler coming up this weekend. It's really amazing how we continue to push ourselves especially when you consider that this time last year we weren't even running PERIOD!! :-)

Have a blast as you continue towards your 10K!

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JENELOPE 5/11/2010 11:12AM

    It looks pretty functional to me! It doesn't need to look all pretty and design-y as long as it works. I use a calendar that I printed out from July 2009-December 2011 and just write in my plans/accomplishments.

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THEPATHIMON 5/11/2010 10:35AM

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You can do it!! You've come so far.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/11/2010 10:05AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan! I know you can do it!!!

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HAVERYJ 5/11/2010 9:39AM

    The first step to any goal is setting up a plan - and that's exactly what you did!! Congrats! I know you'll do a fantastic job and want you to know that you runners out there are what make me want to be a runner too!!

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CHICAT63 5/11/2010 9:17AM

    emoticonI am totally sure you will overcome your " weatherphobia " ....rock on Sista ! emoticon emoticon

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AMARAN 5/11/2010 7:04AM

    I am so proud of you! You so inspire me!
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SLARTYB 5/11/2010 5:03AM

    Go for it - in the end you just need to keep putting one foot after the other.... until you get there!

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VXWALL1942 5/10/2010 9:26PM

    Woo Hoo! She's got a plan. You go girl!

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WISLNDR 5/10/2010 7:49PM

    Great planner! One of the reasons I'm participating in the Wednesday night running group is to stay on schedule as best I can. I'm at 4 miles right now (still have to walk a little now and then for a quick breather) and that's where we are in the running group. We'll be up to the full distance by the end of the month.

My heart is saying "Yes, Yes!" to the family 1/2 Marathon in September and the brain is saying, "Are you sure?" (I'll have to hire a running group!)

We're going to do it!!

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SEANSAUNT 5/10/2010 7:24PM

    I've got my first 5K in less than a month and I don't feel anywhere near ready, either! When I've been able to do a few 5K runs (whether races or not), I want to start working on the bridge to 10K program I saw...somewhere. I'll have to figure out where I saw it.

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HOSTALADY 5/10/2010 7:20PM

    This is what you needed thank your DH for the visual for you. That is awesome and the love and support is wonderful. You are really going to achieve this one too! WOO HOO! Get your rain gear ready it will be there in a day or two!
That charting is really awesome for your training for the big one. YOU CAN AND WILL DO THIS!

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RAINTHIEF 5/10/2010 5:55PM

    Awesome plan!! I know you can do it! emoticon emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 5/10/2010 5:35PM

    You've got a plan and it looks good - YOU'RE going to ROCK your 10k!! emoticon emoticon

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/10/2010 5:35PM

    You are so on your way!

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BESTSELLERS 5/10/2010 5:35PM

  No doubts that you will blow that 10K out of the water! emoticon

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WESTCOASTGIRL1 5/10/2010 5:25PM

    Awesome plan. Just get out and do it. I love running outside too. You are so motivated and I too am inspired by you!
You will rock it!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/10/2010 4:40PM

    You are going to do soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
oooooooooooo great I can't wait 2 hear about it! :D

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AIMSNYC 5/10/2010 4:02PM

    A woman with a plan -- you are unstoppable now! :)

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ADRIBURTON 5/10/2010 4:00PM

    My advise would be to check out Runners World for run schedules, but I see that others have already stated that. I use them for all my training, and it helps. As a matter of fact, I'll be pulling up a schedule soon so I can start my training for my half marathon. Yay for running!

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KYMMC3 5/10/2010 3:39PM

    Did you come up with that schedule yourself or is there a 10K program somewhere out there, like the 5K One?? Only asking becuase I'd like to start prepping for a 10K someday!! Great work, YOU are so motovating!!

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THEBOOKBINDER 5/10/2010 3:34PM

    Good training, also look at Runners world they have a nice training calender also.

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VALLOUGH 5/10/2010 3:15PM

    Wow that is some intense training! You will do brilliantly, I'm sure :-)

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CHARLENERAE12 5/10/2010 3:14PM

    I'm going to come right out and say it. I've been SparkStalking you for a while, I think off and on since you and Ang (SUGIRL06) did the food blogs, and after this blog I think I need to add you as a friend. I am doing a 10K a week after yours (I think), and I've been really terrified that I am not going to be ready. However, and please take this as the highest compliment, if you can do it, I'm pretty sure I can do it... perhaps more slowly though. Haha. And because I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, I am going to "borrow" your training plan to get me started. Then I can switch it up if I need to. I have the hardest time getting started; I finally had to yell at myself that if I didn't at least get out there and RUN, I'd be walking the whole stupid 10K! Thanks for sharing your plan!

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MOCOHOLO 5/10/2010 3:04PM

    Good luck with your training. You're going to do great!

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DOLL2THEWALL 5/10/2010 2:56PM

    I can't wait to hear how well you finish and how your training goes - you have totally been my running inspiration for a long, long time, so I'm watching this one closely! YOU CAN DO IT! :D

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MBSHAZZER 5/10/2010 2:55PM

    Excellent plan! You will have no problem achieving the 10k distance and you will have fun getting there! Not only that, a plan doesn't have to be fancy to work. When I was training for my marathon, I printed off a plan from Runner's World and then marked all over it with my own mileage tweaks. Then, as the plan progressed, I marked over it further with my "go with the flow" changes! hehe! But it worked!

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LADYSNOWFALL 5/10/2010 2:51PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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KDONOVAN70 5/10/2010 2:49PM

    Good job at making a plan. You can do it:-) Can't wait to hear all about it.

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KDONOVAN70 5/10/2010 2:49PM

    Good job at making a plan. You can do it:-) Can't wait to hear all about it.

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TEAM-SARAH 5/10/2010 2:46PM

    Sounds like a great plan, you've got PLENTY of time to get yourself 10k ready!! I know you're gonna do awesome... and I think you know it too!

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LAWRALOO 5/10/2010 2:46PM

    I'm about to do the same but for my first 5k!
I know you can stick to your plan!

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PINKCOCONUT 5/10/2010 2:34PM

    Awesome! If there's one thing I love, it's a training plan! I'm in the process of creating my HM plan, I had to actually consciously stop myself from doing it before my 10k as I've been more excited about PLANNING it than actually training for it! Heh!

You're going to rock that 10k!

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ALDANAD84 5/10/2010 2:31PM

    I dont know much about what your program means but I say go with it! I think its great that you are doing a 10K my goals in life are as follows, 5K, 10K, 10K, half marathon, triathalon, marathon! In that order....I think ill run more 5k than I talk about but I want to be a good runner and it takes a lot. I hate running outside and my endurance sucks. I can run on a treadmill all day! Let us know how it works out! We are rooting for you!!!

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EMOTIONALCYNIC 5/10/2010 2:26PM

    Lots of luck. You can do it!

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P0KERS0PH 5/10/2010 2:25PM

    Good job! You will run that 10k no problem. Good luck!

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MERISSA1315 5/10/2010 2:22PM

    I completely get it!

I'm making myself a spreadsheet as we speak for my C25K training so I can keep better track.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 5/10/2010 2:21PM

    If you've run 4-5 miles, a 10k in a month will be easy to make.

Great job on creating a training schedule, I know that really helps.

Best of luck on your trianing and the big race!

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KARVY09 5/10/2010 2:21PM

    Yes, it's a little box to check off, Stina. Brilliant use of Word's "insert symbol" command.

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Melrose Run for Women 3.5 Miler

Sunday, May 09, 2010

What a great morning!

My first women only race and my first non-5K race (3.5 miles). It wasn't a chip-timed race, so I had to rely on my heart rate monitor's stopwatch to determine when I actually started and ended the race, and it was plagued by walkers thinking they should stand in the 10-minute mile section, but it was fantastic, my best so far! It was nice that they had a marker at the 5K point too.

My 5K time: 35:23. OH YEAH. PR! By far! My final race time 38:15.

Which means I ran less than a 11-minute mile! OMG! When I started running races, I was running 15-minute miles!

It was a cold day, lots of wind. But thank goodness, tons of sunshine too. It was great to see so many mother-daughter teams running as well as grandmother-mother teams with a baby carriage in tow!

I decided I was going to start slow and it was a great strategy, though I still ran faster than I expected. A lot of people would sprint for a couple of minutes and then walk, which was kind of annoying, but I ended up finishing before most of them.
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I'm a big fan of those rolling hills, which this race was chock full of... it's nice to get a little downhill treat, especially running uphill into the wind.

At the end of the race, we were treated to flowers and all kinds of goodies. I was crying. (Man, I've become very emotional lately!) I hadn't expected to finish in under 40 minutes and I killed it! They had run out of t-shirts and only had men's small left, but you know what? Next year I'm going to run the same race and FIT into that t-shirt. That is my vow.

A little over a month til my 10K! I definitely think I'm going to squeeze in another race before then.

Happy Mother's Day to all moms, future moms, and women everywhere. Also, try to be understanding and compassionate to those with mothers who have passed away or are estranged for other reasons. It can be a really tough day for some.

Keep Sparking!

  
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SAMSPARK1 5/12/2010 10:43AM

    AWESOME! Great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good for you for setting a 10K goal now!!! I am still sorta' pondering an 8K race in early June, but since I am really only still consistently doing 5K I dunno...I have done slightly longer outside runs a few times, but we'll see...Keep up your great progress!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/11/2010 4:43PM

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! You killed it girl! Whoooooo-hoooo! Glad to see that it is possible to turn a 15 minute mile into an 11 minute mile. Congratulations on beating your expectations and continuing to inspire so many of us. I am running behind you somewhere!

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LISAW/3 5/11/2010 1:22PM

    That was a great time! Great job!

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MARATHONBOUND 5/11/2010 1:02PM

    Awesome! emoticon emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/11/2010 12:26PM

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/11/2010 12:16PM

    Dang girl - you are FAST!!! emoticon

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/10/2010 6:02PM

    Congrats, great job!

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DOLL2THEWALL 5/10/2010 2:57PM

    Fantastic, Karvy - congratulations! I can't wait to see you rocking that size SM shirt next year. :)

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MBSHAZZER 5/10/2010 2:53PM

    AWESOME job on the PR! Congratulations!!!

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MPALMER15 5/10/2010 1:23PM

    Awesome job!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/10/2010 11:41AM

    Wow great job! You did less than an 11 minute mile which is great on its own. But you did it running up hills in the wind!! Even better! Haha Im from flat old Chicago so that would probably kill me!

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P0KERS0PH 5/10/2010 11:19AM

    Way to go!!

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WYND10 5/10/2010 11:06AM

    Congratulations!!!

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STINA6584 5/10/2010 10:50AM

    Great Job!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

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ADRIBURTON 5/10/2010 10:01AM

    Great Job! That's how I got hooked, the grand feeling of accomplishment when you pass that finish line under your goal time is so addictive!

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NIKLOW 5/10/2010 9:33AM

    Congrats on the new Personal Record!! The races sound like a blast!

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KAISERSOZE 5/10/2010 9:25AM

    Way to go on your PR!

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MERISSA1315 5/10/2010 9:20AM

    You're amazing! Fantastic job!

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WATCHMEGO2 5/10/2010 8:02AM

    Awesome!! Good job girl!!

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ROOT4HOME 5/9/2010 8:19PM

    emoticonon your 3.5mile race!! Sounds like a great race and a great time!! emoticon

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GOGETTERME 5/9/2010 8:14PM

    Good job on your run today. I am determined to go on my first this year. You should be so proud of how far you have come. I am glad that you had such a wonderful and fulfilling day. Thanks again for posting to my blog today. Your words really helped on a difficult day.

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HEDDMCB 5/9/2010 6:38PM

    Congratulations! I love all women races ~ there is a strong sense of community. Awesome time and you will rock that 10k!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 5/9/2010 3:06PM

    Way to go on your race! That's a great time! And best of luck as you prepare for your 10K emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 5/9/2010 2:52PM

    You did emoticon Your enthusiasm exudes right through your blog. I am so happy you did so well and have really embraced running. emoticon emoticon

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HOSTALADY 5/9/2010 2:12PM

    I am so happy for you and all that you accomplished on this run. You are growing in running talent and smarts every time you do another run. That means small will fit you sooner than you think! Super time you posted too!
Nothing better than a great run, walk or workout on a day like today to give to ourselves and show others that they to can do something great for them too!
Have a wonderful Mothers Day! All women deserve this DAY!
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CHICAT63 5/9/2010 2:08PM

    Woohoo, félicitations mon amie !!! Excellent time on your 5K. Funny I am sorta feeling the same you as you lately, pms'ing a lot. Have a great week. emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 5/9/2010 1:22PM

    Kristina!!!! CONGRATS!!!! I am so happy for you because that is a HUGE accomplishment, girl! You deserve it!

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TRISH106 5/9/2010 1:16PM

    Way to GO lady. look how far you have come! It is great that you hit your PB time. Before you know it you will be hitting 10 MPH. emoticon emoticon

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VXWALL1942 5/9/2010 1:14PM

    Congrats! Good job! Your practice is showing....

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COURTNASTY82 5/9/2010 1:11PM

    amazing job! what an accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WISLNDR 5/9/2010 1:08PM

    Wow, a less than 11-minute mile! What a great accomplishment, congratulations!

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LADYSNOWFALL 5/9/2010 12:47PM

    Congrats! You're just doing so wonderfully! Always an inspiration!

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GRACEISENUF 5/9/2010 12:19PM

    Sounds like a great finish to me! I have no doubt you will wear that t-shirt next year.

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LFLFLPLP 5/9/2010 11:56AM

    Congratulations on a great run!!

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RUNNINGNP2B 5/9/2010 11:48AM

    Congrats on doing so well! And what a great incentive for next year :)

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VALLOUGH 5/9/2010 11:45AM

    Oh congrats! That sounds like such a good time :-) I love the idea of a women's only race on mothers' day.

The way you're going I bet you'll fit into that shirt in no time-- in fact, I'll bet it will be too big for you this time next year!

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DEVORA4 5/9/2010 11:30AM

  I love your sensitivity when you wrote about those who have no mothers due to passing or other reasons. It shows to me that you are a class act. Congrats, on your race & Happy Mother's Day to you. emoticon

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 5/9/2010 11:25AM

  You're amazing! Way to go on the under 11 minutes per mile!

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CATHERINEL66 5/9/2010 11:24AM

    Congrats on your super speedy time!

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MAIA2011 5/9/2010 11:18AM

    What a fantastic experience! When you do a marathon again consider the Nike here in San Francisco! Also, look me up when you come I live near!

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ELISEL 5/9/2010 11:17AM

    Good for you!! What 10K are you doing?

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Weight Loss: Not Just About Looking Good

Friday, May 07, 2010

Sometimes we get caught up in the vanity aspect of weight loss. I'm totally guilty of this. Hey, we all want to fit into cute clothes, look good naked, and just generally sport a smokin' hot bod. So today was a fantastic reminder of the most important reason I'm doing this: my health.

My last doctor's visit was on January 26, 2009. That's when I stepped on that scale and weighed in at 288 lbs. I couldn't believe it. Obviously, I knew I had a weight problem, but I never dared weigh myself. I guess in my mind's eye, I figured myself to be around 250 lbs. Still not a great weight to be sure, but 288 just seemed different. There was no denying that I was pushing 300 lbs. No way around the fact that yes, I was morbidly obese.

On top of that, I was borderline hypertensive with blood pressure at 140/100. My cholesterol levels weren't considered high, but they were at the higher end of the healthy range (190) and it was the same case for my blood sugar levels. I felt gross coming out of there and knew that something needed to be done. My father had his first heart attack at age 36 and his second at age 40 and has a defribulator unit implanted in his chest. He takes a cocktail of no fewer than 15 pills every single day.

I didn't want that to be me.

So I started using FitDay, and by March, I lost about 20 lbs. I definitely had the mentality that every "bad" meal was a failure and a huge deal. So when I went on a trip to Texas and ate lots of yummy BBQ and Mexican food, I basically threw in the towel and stopped tracking my food and going to the gym when I got back.

Then I got a phone call from a pilot wellness program that my physician referred me to asking if I was interested in joining a 3-month health program over the summer. I initially balked at it, but I looked at what I had for lunch in front of me: a huge plate of Chinese food, easily over 1,000 calories and I relented. I went in on June 2, 2009 and she asked all these probing questions that made me cry.

It surprised me, because usually I put on a tough face with strangers. But the question that really did it for me is "Are there things you want to do but you can't or feel like you can't do?"

I wanted to say no, but I thought about amusement parks. I thought about skydiving and ziplining. And the thing that really set me off was SCUBA diving. I always had the dream of getting my certification and going to the South Pacific and the Great Barrier Reef and go diving someday. I thought about how little stamina I had even the stairs to my my apartment and thought, "How the heck am I going to do that the way I am now?" That started the waterworks.

I confided in one of my closest friends and he told me another friend of his tracked his calories and fitness on SparkPeople. I joined the next day and weighed in at 279 lbs. I was relieved I wasn't back up to 288 or more!

I never intended to have a SparkPage or SparkFriends, but one of the leaders of my Class Team encouraged me and bored one afternoon, I created one and slowly started interacting with people here. Soon afterwards, I read an article on goal-setting and rewards. I knew that diving lessons needed to be one of them.

When would I be comfortable diving? Under 199 lbs, I thought, as I made my list.

Today I had my first doctor's appointment since I weighed in at 288. Unfortunately, it was a different physician because I changed insurance carriers and had to find another doctor, so nobody there remembered me. I went to the lab to get my blood tests taken care of earlier in the week.

What a difference.

Weight: 198 (clothes on, doctor's scale)
Cholesterol: 155 (0-199 normal range)
HDL ("good"): 66 (40-65 normal range)
LDL ("bad"): 85 (0-130 normal range)
Blood Pressure: 125/80 (normal)

"So your lab results were good!" my doctor told me. "Do you exercise?"

I told her about my weight loss and my exercise schedule and about SparkPeople.

"Oh, that's why your good cholesterol is so high! Nice work!"

So huge changes in my health just a little over a year. A year ago, I couldn't imagine running road races. I would have never tried spinning or kickboxing. You'd have to blackmail me to join an organized sports league.

But now?

It's time to look up diving lessons. I want to see and do it all.

  
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MADGM66 5/14/2010 1:34PM

    Very inspirational. It's funny that health benefits are like an unexpected side effect. I'm so happy I found SparkPeople and my doctor is too. It feels so good to feel good, doesn't it?

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ZLQ1963 5/14/2010 11:35AM

    I really enjoyed your story so much! Thanks for sharing.

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LEIGHTLY 5/14/2010 11:26AM

    You are going to LOVE being underwater, and not because of the weightlessness of it! It's an amazing experience and like finding a whole other world...sort of like your weight loss journey! Way to go!

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HLTHYETER 5/14/2010 6:10AM

    This one brought on the tears--I relate so strongly to what you are saying here. I have a very long way to go but I am beginning to really hope again for the first time in a long time. God bless and keep on keeping on!

Gary

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LOSINGERIN 5/13/2010 8:22PM

  Thanks for the inspirational success story. I am looking forward to going to the doctor and not hearing the need to lose weight speech. Happy diving!

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STARR12961 5/13/2010 4:03PM

    Way to go! Actually - looking good is not my biggest motivator. That would be my granddaughter. I want to see her grow up and I want to be able to do things with her as well as my future great grandchildren. My Mom is disabled as a result of several strokes and my Dad has had multiple bypass surgeries. I love them but I don't want to BE them. I very much enjoyed your post. You have really accomplished a lot in a short time! Yo Go Girl!

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JMURPHY73 5/13/2010 3:25PM

    Wow I can't wait until I am in your shoes. thanks for the blog it was very uplifting that this can be done.

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SUSIE85251 5/13/2010 5:00AM

    Great post! I've been there too. In 1999 I weighed 285 and was so unhealthy. I'm trying to get off some excess weight now, but not for vanity. Now it is all about health. Best of luck on your journey!

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SANDSTRA 5/12/2010 3:52PM

    Great work! Thanks for the inspiring story!

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TSK0128 5/12/2010 2:08PM

  Join those classes as a reward to your hard work and success! The real reward is to go on that wonderful trip you dream about; you can do it!!!

Thanks for your inspiring story!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 5/12/2010 11:28AM

    You are going to make it, Karvy. SCUBA will be easy compared to all you've done to get this far.

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ZRAMOMMA 5/12/2010 11:02AM

    Great Job! What motivation!!!

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SCOOTERGIRL 5/12/2010 9:30AM

    Right ON!! Thanks for sharing your great news and INSPIRING story. Keep at it!

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KIN59VARA 5/11/2010 11:04PM

    Good for you

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AURORA629 5/11/2010 8:59PM

    Great for you!! Congratulations!!!


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LAWRALOO 5/11/2010 6:12PM

    I love it :)
I'm so proud of you!
You've made amazing strides this year :))))

Thank you for posting this!

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2RCSATHOME 5/11/2010 6:07PM

    THANKS FOR SHARING-IT IS A NATURAL & HONEST STATEMENT OF FACT THAT YOU TOOK CARE OF YOU VERY WELL-GREAT BLOG-THANKS AGAIN!I STARTED AT 264 POUNDS (doctor`s scale-clothes-on JAN.7,2010 & now 246 POUNDS (doctor`s scale-clothes on MAY 7,2010).MY JOURNEY HAS BEGIN & I APPRECIATE YOUR BLOG!I AM SMILING & WISHING YOU WELL!I NOW HAVE BEEN SPARKED TODAY!!!

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IAMALIGHTHOUSE 5/11/2010 5:55PM

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/11/2010 5:50PM

    Not sure how I missed this blog earlier in the week but I am glad I saw it today! Awesome story! It is amazing the difference one year can make. I just got my diving license last month and you are going to LOVE it! Can't wait to see future blogs about you taking that on as well! Conquer the world!

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MASE72 5/11/2010 5:15PM

    emoticon Blog!

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TRACYMEAD 5/11/2010 4:18PM

    That's beautiful and very motivating! I just returned today from my annual physical and reviewing my weight over the last 5 years, I was aghast that I have gained 40 pounds! Reading your post, I now feel it is more possible to reach my goals....not diving, but a triathlon. I've done it in the past and know I can do it again with the motivation that good people like you provide.

Thanks for providing the spark!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 5/11/2010 4:12PM

    Great blog and one that really relates! I thought the scale was broken when I got on and it read 270lbs in the beginning!! emoticon

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ITSALMOST30 5/11/2010 4:08PM

    One of the best motivational pages I've read on this site. Thank you for sharing your story.

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CHANCE0719 5/11/2010 4:01PM

    This is a fantastic blog. I actually teared up when you said you're looking into diving lessons - good for you!!!!

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OHGOSHKATE 5/11/2010 3:32PM

  Thank you for sharing this awesome story!

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PRAYING4THIN 5/11/2010 2:08PM

    Congrats on your weighloss and achieving all those medical goals, you should definately be proud of yourself!!!! Have fun diving, you deserve it!

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KRISTY_704 5/11/2010 1:46PM

    Thanks for the great post!

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DESERTFLOWERG 5/11/2010 1:27PM

    Looking good is definitely a motivator, but being able to live life and do it all is the best reward! Great job lady!

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PSSN4FITNESS 5/11/2010 1:02PM

    Wow your post was so inspiring. It really reminded me that I am part of something bigger than just a number on the scale. That this is about living the best life possible - about being part of this wonderful, strong community. Keep spreading the spark! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/11/2010 12:14PM

    There's not much I can say right now after reading this because part of me just wants to shed tears of joy because you are right - it is about so much more...this journey that we are on. AWESOME!!! You continue to inspire me!

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LISSA17SMITH 5/11/2010 11:43AM

  Thanks for the post!

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NANALD 5/11/2010 11:31AM

    Very inspiring! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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TINLOVE 5/11/2010 10:31AM

    Keep it up!! Good for you!! emoticon

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DAISYLADY 5/11/2010 8:05AM

    Very inspiring- wish I had something like that here. I have lost motivation with my yo-yoing up and down.

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KRICKET57 5/11/2010 7:39AM

    What a wonderful story. You are an inspiration to us all. I hope you get to do your dive. There is nothing better than reaching that special goal. You go for it!



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SUNSHINEART 5/11/2010 7:38AM

    Wow what an inspiration you are. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have had the same wake up call - starting Sparks at 293!!! That 300 is way too close for comfort. So I joined last week - feeling a bit overwhelmed as everyone seems to be going in their own direction - but taking comfort in reading blogs like yours

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3SNAPDRAGON 5/11/2010 5:45AM

  Karvy, I am happy for you. It makes me think I can do the same.

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RUNNING_LUCY 5/11/2010 12:17AM

    Fabulous blog! You should be so proud of the great strides you have made in just one year! Here's hoping you enjoy your scuba lessons and eventually are able to "do it all" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEARTSTOPPER 5/10/2010 11:45PM

   
GREAT!!

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DEBO1202 5/10/2010 11:15PM

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story. And I have to say- diving is amazing. AMAZING. You will never regret making that a goal and soon a goal met! PS- get an underwater camera- you'll never want to forget!

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CLAIRESML 5/10/2010 10:44PM

    emoticon emoticon good for you!!!!

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YELLOWBIRD01 5/10/2010 10:43PM

    Wow!! What an inspiration!! Keep up the great work!! Thank you for sharing!!

Enjoy your scuba lessons!!!!


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JANNISH 5/10/2010 8:48PM

  What an inspiration. This is about so much more than looking good and you said it so eloquently.

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RNONAMISSION 5/10/2010 7:31PM

    I just joined SparkPeople today and yours is the first blog I've read! Thanks for sharing your story and your success - it makes it all that much easier for me to get started! I think my first goal will be getting up the nerve to go "live" with my SparkPage. Enjoy the dive - you've earned it!

Keep up the outstanding work and keep sharing!

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ZIGGY7611 5/10/2010 7:13PM

    Thanks for sharing your inspirational story! Congrats!

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FITFUNKYMAMA1 5/10/2010 6:31PM

    that is so awesome!!!! I have to agree that being healthy should be everyones priority,without your health you don't have anything really.Looking great is a nice side benny with the weight loss.
Just wanted to encourage you that you are doing awesome!!!! Keep up the good work and good for you!!!!

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LUSHON 5/10/2010 6:04PM

    Thanks for your inspiration. Better health is my focus and I'm glad to see you are doing so well.

You are Fantastic!

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SALUKFAN 5/10/2010 5:13PM

    Beautiful story. I hope you have fun with the scuba lessons! Enjoy exploring that "big blue world." :D

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Delete a "Friend"

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I read a blog today where a woman took a beautiful photo of herself in a bright blue sari down from Facebook because a haughty "former fatty" had the audacity to tell her she should be embarrassed of the way she looked and should delete the photo.

Of course, I and many others were angered on her behalf and flooded the blog with positive comments to make her feel better. That's the beauty of SparkPeople.

But, I gotta make this my blog of the day.

We're stuck with our family. And yes, they can say horribly mean and unsupportive things at times. But friends? Friends can be absolutely wonderful (I have a small circle of "lifetime" friends), but you know what, people outgrow friendships and lose touch with people whom were once the closest of friends even when they've done nothing wrong. It happens.

But a friend who is going to be utterly and completely disrespectful? A friend who is an energy vampire? A friend who is so consumed with her own needs and ignores all of yours?

Ain't really your friend. Snip. Cut that sucker out of your life!

Please. Don't waste your time with "friends" who are mean, unsupportive, or selfish. Think of what you can do with all that time and energy. In this electronic age, it's easy to think of every single person you know as your friend. Facebook perpetuates this. I apparently have 200+ friends. In reality, I maybe have like 10 really close friends and maybe 60 or so others who I would actually go hang out with. The others? People from high school or college whom I mildly care about. More acquaintances than friends. Easily axeable if they piss me off.

I think that most people are genuinely good at heart. But you know what? Some people are just downright jerks with few redeeming qualities. It's sad when we encounter these people, but we need to learn when to let go.

We need positive energy if we're going to win this fight against fat.

Are you with me?

Now go cheer on an SparkFriend!

  
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NOTABOUTHEFACE 5/24/2010 3:16PM

    That is completely awful!!! With friends like that who needs self doubt and esteem problems? I agree with the FB stuff. You know how many people I have on my FB account? 39. I refuse to add anyone from high school because I keep in touch with the people I want to, one. I have all of my inlaws blocked and some people in my family because quite frankly, I don't need the drama. Keep the small group of friends/family that actually care about you and lifting you up. The rest can kiss off.

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DAKOTANMISTY 5/16/2010 2:11PM

    *shaking head* in disbelief......that is a terrible thing to do/say to someone. I don't think I will ever understand how anyone can be so cruel, selfish and down right nasty to another human being. Sadly, I can relate to your FB issues. You are 100% right....kick those sorts of people out of your real and electronic life!

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EMMYSCOOKIE 5/15/2010 7:45AM

    Love this blog. Makes me think of a "friend" that I snipped out of my life about 4 years ago. Not only was she a great eating friend, she really dragged me down mentally. The fact of the matter is, she's not at all happy with her husband of 40 years and was constantly wanting me to find fault with my own. Since dumping her, my marriage is stronger and I find I am a lot more tolerant of my husband's little quirks. Negative people, be gone from my life!

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DEBBIERNDDHC 5/14/2010 3:17PM

    I have never understood the compulsion some people have to open their mouths and let toxic venom spew out. I dont know why some people who are "wellmeaning" say nasty things to friends who are trying to lose weight. all that helpful advice that is really critism disguised as support. the old adage, if you can't say something nice.. really should be followed, esp. online. I think the distance of internet communication has made people think it is ok to type things they would never have the nerve to say in person. If you can't say it in person, maybe it means you shouldn't say it at all? Insane how nasty some people are.
As a military brat, i had a few different categories of friends. 1. forever friends that we kept in touch regardless of the number of moves 2. for right now friends, very close while there but we would not talk after i moved 3. for going out friends- these are the ones that are fun to be with , but are not going to show up at the house with food if you have surgery or a death in the family. They all serve a purpose and have a special place in my life. but whenever i start to expect more from a fun friend, i get disappointed. and then its my fault, i knew what kind of friend they were... and if they aren't positive friendship, they are un-friended asap!

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TMZ10011978 5/14/2010 3:02PM

    So true!

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FROGGERHKC 5/14/2010 2:48PM

    I found this blog from one of friends on the friend feed, and I am so glad I did! You are 100% right! I have had to let really awesome friendships go because those "friends" didn't like the decisions I was making in my life, and were making my life sooooo difficult because I wouldn't live my life their way. Friends should not treat their friends like crap, in any way, shape, or form. Great blog! emoticon

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ABRANDNEWME09 5/14/2010 10:01AM

    Very well said! I can't believe some people. Unfortunately we all have some of those "friends" in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

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MONEYGOOSE 5/14/2010 9:10AM

  Well said.

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 5/14/2010 8:51AM

    You write awesome blogs! Thanks for the wise words! You rock!

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HLTHYETER 5/14/2010 6:04AM

    I agree wholeheartedly that we need to be around people who propel us forward and not backward!

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SUSIE85251 5/14/2010 12:37AM

    I have deleted a few old high school classmates from my Facebook friends list. Just because you knew them way back when doesn't mean they are nice people. I am at a stage in my life where I have no patience for those who can suck the life right out of a room. I choose to surround myself with positive people and would prefer to be alone if that isn't possible. I have an upcoming high school reunion. It should be interesting to see from the perspective of a mature adult (versus the immature kid I was 30 years ago) who the really nice people from my class are. I'm just guessing that they might not be the "popular" kids that everyone wanted to be like.

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SANDY044 5/13/2010 11:47PM

    Oh don't get me started on Facebook. I think it is a terrible thing. no one in my family is even on it and we heard through the grapevine that one of my daughters old friends was blasting things on her page about her...personal things she shouldn't even know and has no right making public. I was on FB for a week....drove me insane, so I left...I can find no good in it! Sorry to those who do...sure don't mean to offend. Just not for us...FB should be removed in my opinion...nothing but trouble.

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BARBARALYNN135 5/13/2010 11:43PM

  So glad there were positive re-inforcements available! We all need those. Thanks for sharing this! emoticon

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HLINDYGO 5/13/2010 10:12PM

    facebook can be mean sometimes. I had a cousin give me insults only because we had differeing political views. I asked her if we couldn't just agree to disagree but that was not good enough. She kept posting terrible things so I deleted my very own cousin! A family member to boot. I think that if even family is beating your down you need to at the very least have minimal contact. I agree this is a very ecouraging web site!

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TIBURONA 5/13/2010 3:29PM

    I never make those snippy people friends in the first place. Furthermore, my family has always been supportive of me as a person, even if I am morbidly obese. My size is not what defines me.

Pictures we post are part of our lives, good or bad. We all have some we would rather not look at, but if you choose one to post that someone else considers unflattering, that is their hang-up, not yours. Why should one be ashamed of truthfully documenting our journey thru life?

Most of my good friends are as loved by me as family members A foundation of mutual respect holds us together.

Just my take.
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FATFREEBROWNIE 5/13/2010 3:20PM

    Exactly! Friends should offer constructive criticism and support, not bring you down. Not only do we need to think about how our friends treat us, we also need to consider how we treat our friends (and others). Golden Rule! :)

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STRONGANDSEXY1 5/13/2010 1:30PM

    Great blog! While it is hard to let go of the "Negative Nellies", sometimes it is necessary for your own journey forward. I hate hurting people's feelings but did let go of some friends that had moved in a different direction. Thanks for the blog about something that can be difficult to do! =)

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PATIENCE17 5/13/2010 1:07PM

    I read and commented on the blog that you are talking about. There are many friend in my life that I have had to "delete". It is for the best because they were not who I wanted to associate myself with. Love the blog! Awesome job!

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CAPECODLIGHT 5/13/2010 12:45PM

    I saw that blog your refer to and agree 100%. The "energy vampires" seek out victims that will put up with their nonsense. I've been lopping them out of my life over the last several years. Fewer friends - but I'm not as stressed out any more.

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LILYBELLE8 5/13/2010 12:02PM

    And if, heaven forbid, you happen to be the "mean, unsupportive, selfish, energy vampire sort of "friend" - now is a good time to acknowledge your own behavior and look at yourself through the eyes of those you criticize. We all "know better than we do" - today seems a good time to fix that problem!

Thanks for this blog - it has helped me look inward and review with myself what kind of a "friend" I am to others!

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KARISAFARI150 5/13/2010 10:14AM

    energy vampire. Excellent. I may "borrow" that someday, hopefully NOT as an adjective for one of my friends! :)

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JEWITCH 5/12/2010 11:27PM

    Thanks for sharing such a great blog.

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VEGANJAZ 5/12/2010 10:31PM

    WOW

I feel the same way! Excellent post!

I sadly had to do that to my best friend... we were no longer truly giving the love and support we used to.

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COLDWINTER2010 5/12/2010 6:44PM

  You're so right. A friend should support you and do their best to make you feel good, not put you down and make you feel bad. Too often we let our friends get away with this crap and don't even call them on it. I have 1 "friend" who sometimes seems to know just where to plant the knife to hurt me, and I rarely call her on it. She has a blunt, outspoken personality and sometimes is not sensitive to others feelings. I honestly think she doesn't realize how hurtful she can be.

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ASHLEEWEBART 5/12/2010 6:36PM

    Your blog sure makes me appreciate the friends we have that stand with us and support us.

Sometimes we work with someone who is lacking in people skills, and can be offending or insulting to other members of the staff or work team. In these cases, it is not so easy to walk away, even when we know we should. Dropping a person who is not acting like a real friend, would surely be a lot easier.

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CSHEPARD1983 5/12/2010 6:30PM

    I really like this because you are so right...if a friend is downright mean, and they don't support...they are not your friend and you have the right to cut them right out of your life. emoticon

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PWKAFED 5/12/2010 6:04PM

    Totally agree with you! I am at a point in my life where I finally realized that I can pick and choose who I want to be in my life. When I was younger I would put up with negative people because I was obsessed with being a people pleaser but, the reality is nobody really likes someone without a backbone. It feels good to know that the friends I do have are truly friends and have my best interest at heart, just like I want the best for them.

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LUSHON 5/12/2010 5:03PM

    It isn't easy sometimes, but cutting b energy out of your life is important so as to not get caught in the nasty net of negativity.

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FLUFFYANDFINE 5/12/2010 5:01PM

    Losing weight is hard enough, even when you are surrounded by positive folks. There is no room for negativity. Get rid of the energy vampires!

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YAMIASAZI 5/12/2010 4:53PM

  Well put! Some people have a easy time putting others down but when that someone is your friend the hurt is so much greater. I hope that "friend" has a karmic back lash for their comments.

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SWIMMINGMOM 5/12/2010 4:42PM

  Off to delete someone I have been wondering if I should delete...frequently negative person...this clinched it for me, thanks for helping me make a decision!

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TRAINER_T 5/12/2010 3:43PM

    Great blog!

I am not sure why people can be so mean but if they are in your circle and are not being "constructive" critically, which is helpful....then by all means rid yourself of the negative and toxic people in your life! emoticon

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JOELYGIRL29 5/12/2010 3:34PM

    Very well said!


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JANNIEWANNIE 5/12/2010 3:15PM

    I am with you. Focus on the people who really care about you and wish you the best. Who really has time for anyone else? Hugs from Janet in central Illinois, a friendly acquaintance.

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RENA1965 5/12/2010 2:00PM

    ops technical failure double post lol.... emoticon

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RENA1965 5/12/2010 2:00PM

    yes, energy vampires - get rid of them, dump them, don't be home to them and avoid them lol..

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CAROLX914 5/12/2010 1:40PM

    I REALLY like this and totally agree with everything you said. My god I feel like you were talking to me and this is what I needed to get rid of some energy vampires in my life. Thank you thank you for the eye opener

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TXGLENNA 5/12/2010 12:41PM

  Wonderfully put!


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MAMAWEIDLER 5/12/2010 12:10PM

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Go getem! These are words of wisdom. Energy suckers have no place in my life. When they are in my path, I quickly change the subject and/or find a reason to be somewhere else. Those energy suckers in my family I just ignore and focus on the family members who are loving and supportive.

Amandagore.com has some good articles on energy suckers.

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BENTLEYZEUS 5/12/2010 11:52AM

    I agree with you completely! I think it is natural for some friendships to end over time but if that friendship becomes toxic, you have to end it right away. You are not being a friend to yourself when you let hurtful people be your "friends".

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AZCUPCAKE 5/12/2010 11:39AM

    Thanks for telling it like it is! The world is full of negativity and meanness....who needs that from a so-called FRIEND?! I will remember your words next time I find myself wondering why I continue to associate with a put-down artist that supposedly only has "the best intentions" in mind when they rip or insult me. emoticon

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SPARKMEFIT 5/12/2010 10:53AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I needed this!

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DOLLGURL 5/12/2010 10:16AM

    Very well stated! emoticon

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LMPARKER73 5/12/2010 9:45AM

    *applause* :) SparkFriends are awesome!

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KEKEIKO 5/12/2010 9:34AM

    Great blog! Everyone should take the time and review the people they surround themselves with. I evaluated my life 10 yrs ago and rid myself of a 30 yr one sided friendship which was painful for me but necessary. There are negative people out there that will drain the life out of others just to make themselves feel stronger. It's sad but true. Thank you for sharing but also for standing up to a bottom dweller!

Hugs,
Keke

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KEKEIKO 5/12/2010 9:27AM

    Great blog! Everyone should take the time and review the people they surround themselves with. I evaluated my life 10 yrs ago and rid myself of a 30 yr one sided friendship which was painful for me but necessary. There are negative people out there that will drain the life out of others just to make themselves feel stronger. It's sad but true. Thank you for sharing but also for standing up to a bottom dweller!

Hugs,
Keke

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 5/12/2010 1:29AM

    Perfectly said! I read that original blog post too and though her so called "friend" was just awful!

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DUSTEDTWIN 5/12/2010 12:28AM

    This is great! We should all get on this - I do the snip every 6 to 12 months - It makes me feel great to get those "energy vampires" off my neck! emoticon

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NOZOMI1 5/11/2010 11:43PM

    Well said!!! People need to be "Spring Cleaned" too!!

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I Know You're Just Looking at My Treadmill Because I'm Awesome

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Hey Rubbernecking Gym Lady,

How ya doing? Guess you're here with me on the dreadmill because of the thunderstorms that just boomed on in as soon as I laced up my running shoes. Sucks, huh? I'd rather be outside too. Pounding pavement is much more satisfying, as is actual travel. It's much more fulfilling to know you're going from Point A to Point B by virtue of your own movement rather than on this neverending platform...

But I digress.

I see you are far too interested in my stats on the treadmill's little computer screen given how you are STARING at it as you walk. Listen, I'm guilty of the little lookyloo at the adjacent machine as well. Who isn't? But is there any need to gawk at my mileage?

If you had bothered to ask me, I would have told you I was planning on doing 0.2 miles at 4.0 as a warm up, 1 mile at 4.4, the next at 4.5, and the last alternating between 4.5-4.8. Then I'll cooldown. I expect my heartrate to range from 130-165 bpm while running and I'll probably burn around 500-550 calories.

Happy now?

But you know what. I know you don't care about the actual numbers. I know you're just looking at my treadmill because I'm awesome. You should have seen me running 75 pounds ago! I know you're waiting to see at what point I'll crank the speed down and get back to walking. But it ain't gonna happen. I'm a 5K warrior. And you checking me out to see what point I'm going to quit is giving me even MORE motivation to get it done.

So thanks are in order!

In the meantime, I hope I've inspired you to crank it up, push your limits and focused on that cool sound your foot makes as it strikes the treadmill belt.

Ever yours,
Karvy

ADDENDUM: I know not everyone who rubbernecks has malevolent intentions and wants to see me stop. This one just was scowling, so that's the impression I got. I agree that not everyone is doing this in a negative way!

  
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ERINTHEROCKSTAR 5/12/2010 3:53PM

    You ARE awesome!! And this blog was hilarious!! Thanks!! emoticon

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FANCYFACEOHMAI 5/11/2010 5:11PM

    That's great! You're Awesome. You need to remind her that if she keeps her face twisted, it's gonna stay that way. Didn't her momma tell her that? LOL.

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SLARTYB 5/11/2010 5:07AM

    LOL - being a male sometimes I will up my speed just to ‘show’ the guy on the treadmill next to me who’s boss! Running a race going nowhere....

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FITGRL124 5/10/2010 1:55PM

    emoticon This was AWESOME!!!!!!!

Good job on that running...you ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MPALMER15 5/10/2010 1:25PM

    Lol lol lol! You are too darned funny!

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JARMOOZLE 5/9/2010 7:47PM

    LOL I've been guilty of looking at others' screens too but only a glance ;)

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JARMOOZLE 5/9/2010 7:47PM

    LOL I've been guilty of looking at others' screens too but only a glance ;)

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SALUBABA 5/9/2010 2:17PM

    you are awesome! this made me laugh lol emoticon

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ANNABELLA007 5/8/2010 3:16PM

    LOL. I've been there. emoticon

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THESHRINKINLADY 5/8/2010 3:07PM

    Haha! Oh man! This is hilarious! I love this blog!!

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THEHOPEFULCRY2 5/8/2010 1:15PM

    Fantastic! I Love it!

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NPAUL929 5/8/2010 9:36AM

    Sometimes I am a rubbernecker, just because the guy next to me is really moving fast and I'm wishing it were me.

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KOOKERBEE 5/7/2010 11:20PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG :)

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_DASH_ 5/7/2010 9:26PM

    hahahaha amazing!!! good points! i will think of this blog next time i get shy on the treadmill when i know others are lookin. i hate that!! i wish spark people had a feature where any member could teleport themselves to the virtual spark gym. can you imagine if everyone on spark went to the same gym and we could support and love each other like a utopic universe?!?!?!! hahaha okay. it's the end of the week :D

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LOPEYP 5/7/2010 7:24PM

    I'm not a runner and usually do the elliptical but the other day I was running sprints on the treadmill. I was really getting into the sound that my feet made striking the belt. It empowered me!
I think that woman was jealous and wanted you to quit so she could quit without feeling guilty.
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BONNEYBLUE 5/7/2010 6:15PM

    Great Blog!!!!! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/7/2010 4:37PM

    The one thing about running outdoors...very rarely do you get to have that treadmill envy from the person next to you! LOL Love it!!! :-)

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NIELSENSLADY 5/7/2010 4:09PM

    Now I want a treadmill! LOL.

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BOHEMIANCAT 5/7/2010 3:43PM

    LOL. I am not guilty, REALLY! but I enjoyed your blog.
Linda

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KRISTY_704 5/7/2010 3:43PM

    great blog

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JMURPHY73 5/7/2010 3:41PM

    I thought I was the only one who thought the same thing. People do it all the time and it is annoying.

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/7/2010 3:24PM

    This is hilarious. Love it! emoticon

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CHOCOLATEE1 5/7/2010 1:28PM

    You go gurl!! it get done! and show that lady with the lemon face how SPARKPEOPLE do it. Hey run some for me! I am still walking not ready to run yet but give me a month! emoticon

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TANYRE 5/7/2010 1:00PM

    LOVE IT!! Although I am guilty of the rubber necking myself...LOL. But I'm usually looking in awe and saying to myself "I can't wait until I get to that point". People like you inspire me to push myself a little more each time! So to you and all those like you I say THANK YOU FOR THE MOTIVATION!!



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KATIEMUSSER 5/7/2010 11:42AM

    I go to the gym at 4:30 am just to avoid people like that.

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KATHY6157 5/7/2010 11:12AM

    My apartment is located close to two colleges, so the gym is full of 18-24 year old fitness freaks. When they look at me and what I am doing, I just think "you better hope you can do this much when you get to my age". I am 53 and never felt better.

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BREW99 5/7/2010 9:31AM

    haha I always have people do that too... It's something that turns me off from running indoors at times because who goes to the gym for competition... or do some people? I've had too many men try to push their pace up to compete with mine but then fail shortly after about one minute. Too funny! Although humorous, it's still not nice people. Keep the eye on your goal and not someone else... Good for you for keeping your set frame of mind!

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JUSTFOXXY 5/7/2010 8:36AM

    Love it!

Your story reminds me of the time I went to Fitness USA for a free trial. They showed me their machines and asked which one I would like to try. I heard so much about the elliptical and wanted to try it. They put me next to a lady who was larger than me. She was literally floating because she was moving so fast on that machine. So I thought if she could do it so can I! The trainer set the timer for 10 minutes. I barely made two and it was all I could do to not scream out in agony to get the trainer's attention to stop this runaway train! I learned my lesson that day and it has stuck with me.

I hope your scowling lady was able to move beyond her preconceived notions as well.

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LADY_JOSIELOT 5/7/2010 1:34AM

    Amen sister.

- Josie

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LUSHON 5/6/2010 11:44PM

    Great attitude. It doesn't matter what other people think. We can turn their negative energy into positive energy for us which just keep us going and going like that Duracell bunny! emoticon

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SPARKANN 5/6/2010 11:08PM

    Good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKANN 5/6/2010 11:08PM

    Good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKANN 5/6/2010 11:07PM

    Good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRIN1978 5/6/2010 11:02PM

    emoticon You Rock!!

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BELLABANANAS 5/6/2010 10:58PM

    Hahaha too funny

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MARIELLE228 5/6/2010 10:43PM

    Clever!

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CLAIRESML 5/6/2010 9:55PM

    oh I love this! go girl!

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SAL2525 5/6/2010 9:52PM

    OK I got to admit I would not even set one toe inside a gym. I do not have the guts! My cellar has a treadmill, exercise ball, urban rebounder, weights and yoga mat. I think I would rather exercise in solitary that way I can talk on the phone as long as my friends don't mind the heavy breathing but then I am old and only walking! Great wit

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/6/2010 9:47PM

    Great attitude!

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THE_WELL_WITHIN 5/6/2010 9:28PM

    Great blog! I have been known on occasion to peek at at the people beside me - more to see how fast they're going compared to me. One of the ways to motivate myself when stuck inside!! Thanks for the laugh!

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JANNISH 5/6/2010 8:23PM

  Very entertaining!

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102633 5/6/2010 8:00PM

    Well, you could have offered to allow her to video you on the mill with her cell phone camera. Then she could have had you stop anytime she wanted you to -- no more gawking necessary!!

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MRS.CARLY 5/6/2010 7:46PM

    Cute blog and fantastic wit!

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LADYRAVEN1963 5/6/2010 7:37PM

    That is SO irritating! I'm self-concious enough the way it is, then to have someone WATCHING me? Well, I just want to quit! I can honestly say that I've NOT taken a look-see at someone else's Treadmill/watch them...wait, I take it back: I did when my DH/I would go together.

This is one of the MANY reasons we Invested in our own Treadmill!

Keep up the good work!

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UCRGIRL_ 5/6/2010 7:20PM

    Too funny! You show 'em girl!

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NO-DO-OVERS 5/6/2010 6:38PM

    Great blog!

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FITFRANNIEK 5/6/2010 6:37PM

    This made me LOL! I'm so guilty of checking out the other peoples tread-stats, but only so I can push my own limits. And the other day, I totally noticed this guy watching me run and when I didn't stop after a couple minutes, I showed him the "thunder and power" in my thighs! haha showed him!

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SUEB008 5/6/2010 6:11PM

    GREAT GREAT GREAT & LOVE THE POST FROM WHGRN60

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