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Lazy Sunday and Assorted Ramblings

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Monday...
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The combination of Mondays and the rain does nothing for me, I'll be honest.

How was your weekend, everyone? Mine was ultra relaxing. After Saturday's race, I did a little housecleaning and went to see my grandparents. I spent all of Sunday at home and I actually got a little stir crazy at one point. But I know it was needed.

Yesterday I woke up at 6am and couldn't get back to sleep. I hate when that happens on a weekend! So I decided I'd bake my husband a chocolate cake for his birthday. It was my best chocolate cake yet and came out perfect: chocolate cake with fudge icing topped with coconut and walntuts. YUM! And I only licked one of the mixers and immediately washed the bowls so I wouldn't lick more. But I may have had a little of the extra frosting... Weee...
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Jon said he wanted to spend his Sunday chilling and watching football so that's what happened. Football, food, and more football... oh, and phone calls to family. I made eggs, sausage and a bagel for him for breakfast and I had half an onion bagel with cream cheese and some egg whites. Then I gave him his presents... I got him an iPhone and Madden 11. He's been dropping hints forever so he was super happy and was playing with his new gadgets all day. I broke open the can of Cafe DuMonde chicory coffee and we had cafe au lait and had some quality time together. It was nice! I got some writing done too.

But around 4, I started to get stir-crazy. I thought about going for a run or going to the gym, but my muscles were still a little sore from the 5K so I decided I better rest because it was TAPER TIME! Yes, my half marathon is in less than a week. Arghhhhhh. So I stretched and did some yoga poses to get some energy out.

Jon wanted Chinese food for dinner and his friend told him this place down the street was good so we decided to get takeout from there. We ordered a pan-fried noodle with seafood, a cashew chicken with fried rice, and crab rangoons. Well, it was terrible! Everything was in this "brown sauce" that tasted exactly the same: salty and gross. I couldn't believe anyone would think that tasted good! I ate the crab rangoons because I was hungry and they were the only thing not coated in that sauce (should have gone grocery shopping with that antsiness from the afternoon, I think, and made a much yummier dinner) and a few of the driest pieces of chicken and cashew (without the sauce). Jon says I'm really picky about my Chinese food though, and I guess I am. I'm only getting it from "authentic" Chinese restaurants from now on... that is, if they don't have a menu in Mandarin or Cantonese, I'm not going!

Even with the slice of chocolate cake, I ended up at only 1200 calories for the day, which was totally unexpected. I did reset my ticker to 182 because that's what I'm seeing the most of these days. I know it's the long distance runs and training and fueling for the half marathon.

It's the first time I've had to bump my ticker up, but I'm not going to sweat it too much because my clothes are looser and I'm edging closer and closer to a Size 10 and Medium as my default sizes (right now it's Size 12 and M/L). Also, I can wear all my boots with my jeans or pants tucked inside, which is a huge non-scale victory (NSV) for someone who had to zip them up two-thirds of the way and then wear jeans over them so nobody could see. Sometimes the scale doesn't say it all, and as good as it's been to me for the most of my weight loss journey, I'm not going to let it make me its b!tch.
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And man, I just still can't believe I ran that 5K in 30:48. I'm not trying to brag, but it's simply stunning what we convince ourselves what we can't do because of others opinions of what we are capable of. I NEVER EVER EVER thought I could run a sub-10-minute mile even when I hit my goal weight and here I am, still overweight and I did it!

NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP.

  
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SKINNYROBIN100 9/29/2010 2:25PM

    Sundays are the best!!! Lazy or otherwise. Just being able to catch up with emoticon makes the rest of the week seem better and the past week just a memory! emoticon emoticon

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SUPERFAN99 9/28/2010 3:34PM

    Madden 11 - smart gift! Good luck on your HM.

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MPALMER15 9/28/2010 12:10PM

    Brag all you want! You rock!

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KIMWEBB40 9/28/2010 11:50AM

    30:48 AWSOME!!!!!!! Ican't wait to hear about your 1/2

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CARILOUIE 9/28/2010 7:26AM

    When my boots started fitting like they were supposed to, it was amazing. I LOVE to tuck pants into my boots now because I CAN.
You are so very inspiring and I'm glad I read this blog before I left for school. I need the extra kick to get me back to the gym tonight!

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_DASH_ 9/28/2010 7:07AM

    ah you're making me cry about the sub ten minute mile. you are incredible and amazing, and i am sure you hear it enough around here, but hear it this morning lady!!!! you inspire me so much.

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ZURDTA- 9/28/2010 3:04AM

    You did well... and 5K is awesome... you really should BRAG about it!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/27/2010 7:48PM

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Way to go!!! I can't say it enough...way to go! Way to GO! WAY TO GO! Way 2 Go! (LOL)

You rock!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/27/2010 6:42PM

    So proud of you to be around all that food and still keep to your calorie count.Well done. Yes muscle does weigh more than fat so that is why the scale says one thing and your clothes are saying another!

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DESERT_BIRD 9/27/2010 6:33PM

    I bet you look cute in your boots tucked inside your pants. I'm picky about Chinese food too.

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/27/2010 5:45PM

    ahhhh I really love your blogs my dear! It sounds like you had a lovelllly weekend/Sunday for Jon's bday! I want some of that chocolate cake though-- thanks a LOT! What a great wife you are! :-) OH and congrats on your NSV with the clothing/boots! You have seriously come so friggin' far! It trulyyyyy amazes me! Rock on girlie! xoxooxx

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HOSTALADY 9/27/2010 5:42PM

    Sounds like a great weekend and you are doing great. Your run times will probably continue to break your old records and I'm picky about where my chinese food comes from also!
You are so right the scale doesn't tell the whole story all the time. My cloths are a bit bigger and almost ready for the 10s but not quite yet. The scale just is doing it's thing so let it.

NEVER EVER GIVE UP is so RIGHT!
YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!

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LAURIETAIT 9/27/2010 3:21PM

    My moods and ambition are really influenced by the weather too. It was rainy, windy and overcast here for almost 2 weeks and I thought I would crawl under the bed and never come out. But the last 4 days have been sunny and warm(but still windy) and I feel so much better. I think the NSV's are often more satisfying than the changes on the scale. We have been conditioned to pay attention to how much we weigh rather than how we look or feel. THe other day I was standing in class and put my hans on my hips and all of a sudden it hit how much different I hadn't been aware of my waist for years and all of a sudden there it was. It felt good!

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GRACEISENUF 9/27/2010 2:55PM

    Glad you and Jon had a good time together celebrating his birthday. Wow Jon got some amazing birthday presents, lucky man! His cake sure sounds good too...got any leftovers? lol
I am "Miss Picky" about my Chinese food and recently quit going to one restaurant because the food was bland and "swimming in sauce"...ACK!

I had a wonderful weekend as well just spending time with my two favorite guys. I miss DD terribly since she left for college but I enjoy every phone call and text we share even more.

You did so well on your 5K...way to go!



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KYMMC3 9/27/2010 2:34PM

    Your race time was just AMAZING!! Forgot to put that in the other blog. So pround of you!You going to kick that 13.1 A$$

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FUNFROG79 9/27/2010 2:26PM

    Great blog, sounds like a great weekend! Good luck on your race!

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WYND10 9/27/2010 2:23PM

    Congratulations on your 5k Kristina!

I hate when I order food out and it's just not what you expect it to be, it leaves me feeling so gosh darn unsatisfied. Hmmm...though I think I might get some Chinese for dinner now that you've mentioned it.

And I agree, it's rainy and gross where I am too. Leaves be feeling BLAH.

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KDONOVAN70 9/27/2010 1:53PM

    Great job on your 5k. Can't wait to here how the 1/2 marathon goes. I run my 1st 1/2 on Oct 30th. I ran a full 15 years ago 50 lbs lighter. I just finished my MS 3day challenge walk. 50 miles in 3 days. I am all blistered up. Hope I can get back into running this weekend. Don't worry about bragging. You earned it!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/27/2010 1:43PM

    Glad you enjoyed (?) your day off. :)

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STORMTMB 9/27/2010 1:43PM

    Happy Birthday to Jon. Sounds like it was a really nice day for him, even with the yucky Chinese food. And when you said Cafe DuMonde, coffee was NOT what I was thinking about. Oh man... Don't get me hungry!! Hope your Monday is magnificent.

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SUGIRL06 9/27/2010 1:14PM

    You are doing great! Gotta love tapering!!! And way to go on the race! Just over 30 minutes is awesome!!!!! I haven't done a 5K in a while and am hoping to do one on Thanksgiving and see if I can improve my time! So exciting! And good luck with the rest of your half marathon training!
~Ang

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KITHKINCAID 9/27/2010 1:08PM

    I agree - never ever ever give up! Your breakfast sounded yummy! My weekend was crazy - so I got very little relax time :( Would have loved to snuggle up with some coffee. Maybe next weekend...oh wait - nope - walking the AIDS 5K this weekend. No rest for the wicked :)

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BOOTS1221 9/27/2010 12:25PM

    Ughhh the weather around here is terrible! So gloomy :( I'm glad you had a good weekend, that 5k time is amazing!!! I'm also glad Jon had a great bday and loved his gifts! You're such a good wifey! :)

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REDRUNNER82 9/27/2010 12:20PM

    Great weekend! A good combo of working hard and relaxing. I'm the same way - if I'm in the house not doing anything I get so stir-crazy. I can't even sit still for an hour to watch a TV show - I'm always multitasking!

Awesome job on your 5K!!

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/27/2010 12:16PM

    What a lovely weekend.... except for the bad Chinese food - I hate that! Honestly... you had me at Cafe DuMonde and cafe au lait! Love that stuff and need to get some!

I am all about the non-scale victories right now. I am working out harder than I ever have and the scale just keeps going up 2 and down 2. But I FEEL leaner and my jeans that I wore in the spring without a belt now need a belt so Yay!

Some days I get really frustrated with the scale because there is still that part of my brain that thinks all weight loss success must be measured that way!

Thanks to you and other Sparkfriends I am learning to look at all the other ways of measuring success on this journey!!

Yay YOU on the smaller sizes - that is so awesome. My sizes are all over the place depending where things come from... anywhere from 18W to 14W and 1X to L but at least it's not 24W and 3XL! Yay me! YAY US!!

Thanks for being such great inspiration!

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CALLIKIA 9/27/2010 12:14PM

    We had that problem once when we were on vacation in Myrtle Beach. We asked the locals for a recommendation, and they gave us this Italian place that was supposed to be AMAZING! It was crap. All of it. I kept think, if this is amazing, what the hell are those other places serving? YUCK!

You know one thing I've never struggled with is the whole "licking the beater" thing. I hate the taste of brownie batter, cake mix, and even cookie dough. All I taste is raw eggs! Sometimes my tastes budds are weird and single things out in foods. It's the reason I hate cheesecake...it tastes like a stick of cream cheese. YUCK!

You seriously rock my sox with that time, girl! You are amazing and wonderful and oh, so fit now! GREAT JOB!!

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ADRIBURTON 9/27/2010 11:55AM

    Excited about your race coming up next weekend. You will be awesome, just remember not to start out too fast. Sometimes in the excitement of race day, we try to keep up with the crowd and start way too fast. Just keep to your pace and once you reach the mid-point of the race start kicking it. Our half is in two weeks!

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PINKCOCONUT 9/27/2010 11:40AM

    Man, if I ran a 5k in that time I'd be telling EVERYONE!!! That's an incredible accomplishment and something I'm going to shoot for myself in 2011!

I'm HORRIBLE with bowl licking but I've been trying to wash it immediately!

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JEKRUNS 9/27/2010 11:35AM

    Awesome pace for your 5K! A couple of years ago, when I added a speed workout I started to see my pace get faster with little effort - can't wait to get back there. Adding some pounds along with not keeping up training has really slowed me down. BTW, I am picky about chinese food too - luckily there is a place here that does a whole "diet" section which is everything without sauce, or steamed. Have a great week!!

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MBSHAZZER 9/27/2010 11:14AM

    You most definitely SHOULD be bragging on your 5k time, woman! And I'll tell you something... while I don't often run 5ks, the last one I did was something like 28 minutes... I think they are the HARDEST distance!

Enjoy your taper and Happy Birthday to your hubby!

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JBMT08 9/27/2010 11:11AM

    you did awesome on your 5K, and at least you made a realization about the chinese food! I am the same way....if it is cheap, it is not for me. We get chinese takeout from this restaurant (real restaurant, not a store front) around the corner from my house, and it is GREAT! good luck on your half mara!!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 9/27/2010 11:07AM

  Can you read Mandarin/Cantonese? I have to google the "English" menu every time I order (truth is, I'm not a fan of Chinese thus far and I usually just end up eating crab rangoons).

I'm glad the Jon had fun on his birthday - even if it was a bore for you.

I think that the rain is supposed to let up on Wednedsay (maybe sooner for you), so - that should make you smile right? Right!

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BURKEBRIZ 9/27/2010 10:55AM

    Happy birthday, Jon! That cake sounds delightful! I am not a big chocolate person, but chocolate cake always speaks to me when it's moist and fudgy looking! Great job on your NSVs!!

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MAIA2011 9/27/2010 10:47AM

    I was going to call you Garfield for hating Mondays so I had to laugh that your man's name is Jon! I am so excited for you on zipping up the boots. I remember when I was much smaller(150) and I still couldn't find boots looking all over Italy. Those people are small and muscleless!

Your time is so great! That is just so cool!

You will be in 10s all the time in no time.

Enjoy your half!


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VT2MOM 9/27/2010 10:45AM

  Sounds like a fun weekend!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/27/2010 10:43AM

    Revel in the 30:48, you worked hard for it, you earned it, wear it proudly!! Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Happy birthday to your husband. Great idea taking just a taste off the beater and then rinsing...bowls tend to be a tough point for me-lol!! As for the chinese...yeah, I wouldn't eat that either. I think, when you watch what you eat you should expect it to be yummy!! But, at the same time, you tried a new place which is awesome and you let hubby have what he wanted on his b-day so its all good :). Sorry about a rainy Monday, I'll switch with you..it's going to be hot, hot, hot here today, you can jet here and go enjoy a sunny, sunny beach and I'll go there and hit a bunch of museums and other sites I've got on my "if I ever get to Mass I'm going to..." list. :) Hope Monday improves...keep basking in the glow of the 30:48 and maybe it will feel like sunshine on your shoulders all day :).

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WTG on not licking the bowl! Mmmm the cake sounds so good!

I had the same experience with Chinese someone recommending and it being so horrible I ended up with my stomach severely bothered, it wasn't good at all!

HAppy birthday to your hubby!

Thanks for being you.

Dimitra

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WISLNDR 9/27/2010 10:31AM

    Wow, it's Half Marathon week!! Do you have your music all picked out? (I was working on an email to you about favorite tunes that's now turning into a blog!!) Easy answer: Pump It and Imma Be. Not so easy answer: I'll post my eclectic playlist this week that I'll be using on Saturday for a 10K.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 9/27/2010 10:27AM

    (Happy belated birthday to your dear hubby. emoticon)

I see you're in a very fall mood here...I'm a bit envious! It's still 106 in Phoenix all this week.

Congratulations on being able to wear your boots with pants tucked in - I'd consider it a victory to ever where calf-high boots that aren't extended-calf-sizing and still snug. So you are my new hero. I have no idea how you managed to eat crab rangun and still stay at 1200 calories for the day, that sounds like mathemagic to me...but you seem to be running your rear off so more power to you, gf.

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CHANGINGMORGAN 9/27/2010 10:21AM

    You are totally awesome!!! That's just all there is to it!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/27/2010 10:18AM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend!

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LAURA2471 9/27/2010 10:18AM

    I really needed to read this inspiring post this morning. Thanks so much for sharing! Right now I'm terrified to do a spin class. I don't think I would last.

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Sticking With It : A Racing Report

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Boston, MA and it marked a year of races!

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Race for the Cure 5K 2009 (44:49)
WCRC Turkey Trot 5K (39:45)
Rotary St. Patrick's 5K (37:35)
Melrose Race for Women 3.5 mi (38:15)
Market Square Day 10K (1:10:45)
Twist and Shout on the Charles River 4.2 mi (43:59)
Race for the Cure 5K 2010 (30:48)
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Today I shaved 14 minutes off my time from a year ago and almost 5 minutes off my pace! It was a different course from last year and it felt longer. It definitely was hotter! It hit 80 degrees during the run and the humidity was off the charts. Oy!

I started the race out fast and finished the first mile in under 9 minutes, but unfortunately I was unable to sustain it, especially on that last mile. I skipped the water stops and trucked on through and was super duper hot throughout. There were also a lot of u-turns in the course, which really throw me off. I knew it was going to be close to 30 minutes, so I picked up the pace during the end, but I got a little short of a sub-30 minute 5K.

But it's by far a PR. And if I can do 30:48 in the heat and humidity, I KNOW I can break 30 when it's cooler! SO BRING IT ON!

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AND BRING THE PINK! I raised $450 so far for the Komen Foundation. I finished in the top half of my age group (304/645) and a 9:55-mile pace.

I've had some low racing points in the past year. I got stuck behind some walkers on my first 5K and had to dodge people for the last mile. I almost turned around and went home before my Turkey Trot because I was cold and wet. I ran a 5K in complete torrential downpour. I injured myself walking to the start line of another 5K and couldn't compete.

But I stuck it out. I improved my pace each time I raced and my expectations of myself increased. I never intended to become a runner when I started Couch to 5K. I just wanted to run ONE 5K race to prove that I could do it. Running was so outlandish back then that it never crossed my mind that it could be a regular activity.

I did one 5K and it's like... hmm, let's try one without walking...

Cool, let's try to break 40 minutes.

Why not try a 10K?

And why not a half marathon?

Guess you never know what you are until you take risks and try! What have you been dreaming of that you never thought you could do? Why not give it a shot?
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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/29/2010 12:06PM

    Awesome job! And so true about the racing.... I am addicted and started off saying that I just want to run ONE 5k. Love the adrenaline rush and the feeling you have after the race. Just want to keep going back for more!

So is a full marathon in your future???

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PSHANKEY 9/29/2010 10:32AM

    Awesome! I walked a Half Marathon in June and am now preparing to start running at 232! Yikes!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/27/2010 7:45PM

    You are freaking amazing!!! Way to go! You're my running idol girl...I just *hope* to someday finish a 5k in 30 minutes! Way to go!!!! :-)

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KYMMC3 9/27/2010 2:31PM

    I was the same way! I wanted to run ONE to say I could. Now I am DETERMIND to do one without walking and on and on and on. I just LOVE to compete now!

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TWALKER0475 9/27/2010 11:25AM

    Great job on improving your 5K time so dramatically!!! The drive to keep getting faster is a huge motivator for me, too!

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WE_PA_FIT 9/27/2010 11:22AM

    race for the cure also marks my 1 yr runniversary!!! what a way to celebrate!!! u rocked it!! one of my fav quotes explains it: "Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of." Patti Sue Plumer emoticon emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 9/27/2010 11:12AM

    WHOO!!!! Fantastic!!! You totally rock and are a natural at running. And yes, races get very addictive! :D

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 9/27/2010 11:12AM

    YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!!!!! That is AWESOME!!!! :) :)

Wanna do the Jingle Bell 5K in Somerville on Dec. 19th? :)

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MARLIMOO 9/27/2010 9:57AM

    AWESOME JOB GIRL. You did it. You got 30 minutes. You will totally break 30 minutes on the next one. Try the Run for All Ages in Wakefield, MA. It's FLAT and fast. Also in November.
Good job!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 9/27/2010 9:42AM

    girl you are SUCH an inspiration!!!! barely over 30 min for your 5k?? you are FAST!!!!! don't be disappointed-- I am SOO proud of you!!!!!!

HUGS.

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CREATINGAMANDA 9/27/2010 9:32AM

    OHMIGOSH!!!! Awesome time, girl - you rocked it!

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Congrats on your big accomplishment. You can do anything!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 9/27/2010 9:13AM

    Awesome, Kristina. You did great taking care of yourself and pushing through during a hard week. You are a winner in so many ways.

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VT2MOM 9/27/2010 7:53AM

  Wow, that's impressive!

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KEAMOM1510 9/27/2010 7:21AM

    You are an inspiration!!! Way to go!

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MARTELLA3 9/26/2010 8:52PM

    Thanks for the encouraging blog. I am in week 8 of C25K and today's run felt so slow. It's not enough now to run for 30 minutes without stopping, I want to have a respectable time.
Thanks for being a trailblazer for all of us who are "running while chunky."

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PSYCHBAMA 9/26/2010 7:48PM

    I cannot thank you enough for posting this!!!! How cool to be able to look at your progress over the year. I have my first 5K coming up in two weeks and am bummed because I don't think I am going to be able to do as well as I hoped. I have some health stuff going on that is preventing me from working out the way I want for the next week or so. But this post has PROVED to me that I need to still push forward and that I have to start somewhere! So thank you! And hopefully, in a year from now, I can do the same thing and remark on the problems but the overall improvement. Thank you thank you thank you and you are awesome!!!!!
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LAGREBE 9/26/2010 6:45PM

    You are amazing and reading your blogs helps me on my journey! Congrats! and thank you!

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ANNE7X7 9/26/2010 6:35PM

    Way to go on the 5k!!! You did awesome girl, and your story is proof that with determination and consistency, you can do anything!!

You rock!! Keep on keeping on!!

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JUSTFOXXY 9/26/2010 6:15PM

    Hmmm, all this just from wanting to run ONE race. Goes to show that we are only as limited as we think we are.

Congrats on a great race!

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TIFFYDAWNMC 9/26/2010 6:08PM

    congrats! What a great accomplishment! Can't wait to see what you have in store for this year! You keep it going...

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PINKCOCONUT 9/26/2010 5:53PM

    Oh my god woman! You're AMAZING!!! Way to kick your own ass!!!!!!! That's phenomenal to get that far in just ONE year! I am so proud, inspired and awed by you!

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FUNFROG79 9/26/2010 5:08PM

    Fantastic! Nothing can stop you! Keep it up! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 9/26/2010 3:27PM

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/26/2010 2:29PM

    You are an inspiration!!!! 14 minutes, WOW!!!!!!!! You can do ANYTHING!!

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ELLIEW22 9/26/2010 1:42PM

    Happy 1 year racing anniversary!!! You've done such an awesome job and have improved tremendously! Keep it up!!!

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_AIYANNA_ 9/26/2010 12:57PM

    It has become my new ambition in life to become a runner. And you are my inspiration. Thank you!!!

You have come such a long way and won't let anyhting stand in your way. You're amazing!!! Rock on!!! emoticon

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BLK2010 9/26/2010 11:07AM

    I loved the improvement! I love reading your blogs.... your such a great writer! I know the next 5K youll be under 30! When is it, do you have one planned later this fall? great job on your fundraising too!

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KIMWEBB40 9/26/2010 9:47AM

    It's awsome how much progress you have made in one year. KEEP ON RUNNING!!!
I shaved 2:58 off my time yesterday and finished with 31:57 for my 2nd race ever. I can't wait until I have the list of races that you have under your belt. It sure is addicting!!
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CARILOUIE 9/26/2010 8:50AM

    What a great race! It's amazing how that year just flew by and how much progress you've made. Yahoo!

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_DASH_ 9/26/2010 8:42AM

    amazing!!! it's so sweet to see your race progression! congrats kristina!!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 9/26/2010 8:34AM

    Amazing! It's so cool you have record of all your races so you can see JUST HOW FAR you have come (fitness wise) in one year.

Great job!

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SAMSPARK1 9/26/2010 7:40AM

    Amazing, simply amazing! What a fantastic time!! My Race for the Cure is a week from today!

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JLITT62 9/26/2010 5:45AM

    That's awesome!

I'm doing my next 5k next weekend -- also a run for the cure. I'm hoping to shave some time off -- it'll actually be much cooler than my first 5k, which was the same course, but I'll be ok if I don't, also.

And am just praying for no rain so far.

And yes, I'm considering a 10k sometimes next year . . .

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LAURIETAIT 9/26/2010 1:40AM

    Isn't it nice when you get addicted to something that's good for you! Awesome run and fund raising! emoticon

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BURKEBRIZ 9/26/2010 1:04AM

    Way to go! What an accomplishment!

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HOSTALADY 9/26/2010 12:40AM

    AWESOME run today and the last year of races you have done. I am very happy for you and what you have accomplished on your journey.
You really are fabulous in so many ways.
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JBMT08 9/26/2010 12:39AM

    I love the fact that you improved during each race! I am excited to be training for my 2nd 5K! My goal is to not walk during this one....I will let you know. I actually got my friend to sign up for it. We both are not runners (correction...we are, since we are training for this turkey trot!)...and she said this was on her list of things to do before she dies! SO AMPED! I dont care if I am dead last...I will run the whole thing! Thank you for all of your inspiration! emoticon

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STEPHANON 9/26/2010 12:09AM

    congrats on your race! you are going to bust right through that 30 minute barrier once the weather cools off. can't wait to hear about it. the last year has been one of huge changes in your life, and you should be so proud of how far you've come.

appreciate your comment on my race blog today, too! we've both definitely got the racing bug!

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ROOT4HOME 9/26/2010 12:01AM

    Congratulations!!!!!! You had an AMAZING race and you are just rocking it more and more each time you get out there!! Just Terrific!! emoticon emoticon

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LISAW/3 9/25/2010 11:42PM

    Congratulations! How awesome to re-run your first race! It is a great way to see the huge progress you've made in the past year!
Hooray!

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MAIA2011 9/25/2010 9:52PM

    You are a superhero!



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SKINNYINMYHEAD 9/25/2010 9:36PM

    Congratulations!! Today's race is a milestone for sure... and it's the culmination of a year of setting short term goals and meeting them... of not giving up, no matter what... of riding out the lows to experience the highs - like today!

Tomorrow I'm walking a mile for "Heels for Hope" to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research.. not much.. but hey? it's a start.. this past April I showed up to a Bike Race but couldn't get out of the car for fear.. my goal is next April to show up and get out of the darn car! LOL I can do it. I know I can. In the meantime, I want to OVER prepare..

Blog on!
Annie

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BURGHGIRL 9/25/2010 9:21PM

    Congratulations!!! You really are one of my biggest inspirations here. You rock!!!! keep on running!!!

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MEGA_MILES 9/25/2010 9:14PM

    Very nice. Love your attitude, a real inspiration. emoticon

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GOGETTERME 9/25/2010 9:11PM

    Good for you! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I will run my first 5k next year. You are so motivational!

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ELISEL 9/25/2010 9:02PM

    Whoo hoo!!!

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FREES1 9/25/2010 9:02PM

    Way to go!! Congratulations!! and you will make that 30 minute mark and then less than that.
Truly inspirational for us and our challenges... Or at least me and mine

Keep on keeping on

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For My Phillies

Friday, September 24, 2010

OK, this might not make a lot of sense if you're not familiar with Philadelphia, but here goes...

OMG, it's like 80 degrees right now and I'm crampy and all I want is a gelato. Not the Italian thick ice cream (like at Capogiro) but a real Philly gelato: Chocolate water ice with vanilla custard.

It was from this shop in Manayunk that was freaking amazing. So I just checked to find out the name and it's been turned into a Rita's... ARGH... Not that Rita's isn't good. It's good. But it's not amazing like this place was. I will never have that gelato again. Not like there was any chance of me getting it today with me living in Boston and that place being in Philadelphia, but still.

I haven't been back to Philly in over three years and I'm wondering what other stuff is gone now. I checked for Mixto... still there. The Dutch Eating Place in Reading Terminal Market... still there. Tony Lukes... still there.OMG, Monk's Cafe better still be there!!!! Whew, it is. Then I checked Bump, which was a gay bar next to my apt that had the best chocolate cake in the world and $3 martini happy hour and it's closed too. And the best cheap Chinese food in Chinatown... gone.

Thank goodness there's still a Wawa on every corner or else I'd think the apocalypse came.

  
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CUTIECAT1 10/21/2010 4:45PM

    OMG who knew?!? I am a Philly gal (suburbs anyway) and LOVE MY WAWA hazelnut coffee (who needs Starbucks?!?!?). And Rita's is pretty good, but i am sure there are some other good gelato places around...especially in Manayunk!

Sorry you are in Boston, but the next time you get back to Philly, let me know - it would be great to meet a fellow running Sparker!

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JBOWDOIN02 10/1/2010 3:14PM

    I don't know if anyone else mentioned this, but Rita's has chocolate water ice with vanilla custard, and it's pretty great. You should try it.

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RAINBOWZLPN 9/29/2010 1:28PM

    Mmmm, gelatos... chocolate,,, yummy! Now, I want a cheesesteak. Funny, I went to a training back in Philly years ago (it was in one of the hotels.) & The first day, we had cheesesteaks for lunch, but they weren't made yet, well, the steaks were, but the cheese, etc were separate, so u could get what u wanted. A couple of ladies from Jersey (I think) were like "What do we do with it?" I didn't know whether to laugh or choke!?!?! There was a place that sold gelatos in bucks county (grew up in Yardley)... some things I'll always miss! emoticon emoticon
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BTINTERNET 9/25/2010 7:57PM

    No!! Not that terrific place on Manayunk Ave?! A Rita's?!!

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STORMTMB 9/25/2010 5:57PM

    It's funny how the local places become so special and then when they're gone... so not fair. Sorry for your loss.

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IAMALIGHTHOUSE 9/25/2010 7:18AM

    hey, I lived in Bucks County, PA outside of Philly in 1996 WAWA was next door to us and they came to us and offered to buy our house- for more than we owed on it so they could expand- so here's to WAWA!

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ABETTERBECKY 9/24/2010 11:25PM

    MONKS - the best ever - and even better now that it is smoke free. What water ice stand were you referring to in Manayunk - the one with the drive thru on Ridge? I used to live right by there. So many great places in Philly to eat :) So many yummy new places too.

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KARVY09 9/24/2010 11:02PM

    I'm actually not from Philly but I went to school there and got fat.from all the awesome food and booze! :)

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GRACEISENUF 9/24/2010 10:45PM

    mmm.... you're making me hungry
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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/24/2010 10:38PM

    Love Philly! Still good restaurants in Chinatown that will make you gain about 10 lbs after you eat all that delicious fare. Someone please pass me a soft pretzel and a yuengling!

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1BIGDREAM 9/24/2010 10:14PM

    Ha ha ha! I didn't realize you were a Philly girl! I live in Delaware, where we think we're practically Philadelphians, and all of the actual Philadelphians are like, Dela-where? You made me hungry for a hoagie!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/24/2010 8:30PM

    I understand...kind of. When I moved back home after being gone for years, there are so many things that are gone, or moved that I get confused.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/24/2010 8:08PM

    emoticonI didn't get much of that but I got the humor! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 9/24/2010 7:34PM

    There is a really great restaurant in Philly called Osteria. It's SOOOO good and their homemade pasta is amazing. Their desserts are amazing. I highly recommend it.

I recently had some good gelato at this little place right off South Street - it was delish, and it wasn't a Ritas...

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/24/2010 5:29PM

   
Things change. Shops close, new ones replace them but not really. They are just in the same space.
Yet, we can always count on the WAWA! And we all know, they have everything! :)

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LAURIETAIT 9/24/2010 4:59PM

    I guess it's true .... You can't go home again. Well not with the expectations that all your favorite restaurants will be there. :)

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HAPPYPATTY1 9/24/2010 4:48PM

    I'm heading to Philly in a month of so for work -- You've given me a nice list of places to visit!!!

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REDRUNNER82 9/24/2010 4:41PM

    Don't worry, I think as long as Philadelphia exists, so will Tony Luke's.

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KEAMOM1510 9/24/2010 3:34PM

    Too funny! I grew up in the Philly suburbs and lived in Center City for a short period of time. Even though it's gotten crazy, I miss it, too!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/24/2010 3:26PM

    My entire east coast experience is limited to a couple hours at the Atlanta airport and a couple of hours at JFK airport so I have no idea about anything in Philly, but I know the feeling. I have been wondering lately if this one place in Provo, UT is still there. I can't remember the name of the darn place but it was really close to my college apartment and had the best burgers and a million different flavors of shakes...so yummy! It can be kind of fun to think about the places we have enjoyed in the past and the people we enjoyed them with. Ahhh those were the days...

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KARVY09 9/24/2010 3:14PM

    What... the Manayunk Brewery didn't close, did it?

Philly is gritty, but it has a certain charm. Especially when you're away for awhile.

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BURGHGIRL 9/24/2010 3:12PM

    LOL. As someone who used to live in Philly (off of Wissahickon Ave for a few years so very closet to manayunk), I miss my Wawa coffee =( I also miss the Brewery. But I DO NOT miss Philly itself! haha!

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NIELSENSLADY 9/24/2010 3:01PM

    Yay Philly! The wawa's are awesome!

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One Year of Racing!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tomorrow I'm doing the Race for the Cure in Boston, which was my first ever 5K last year: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I was 244 lbs and did it officially in 44:49. I walked some and I got stuck behind some walkers who were allowed to skip a half mile loop on the course. Now I'm about 65 lbs lighter and I think I'm running 5Ks unofficially in about 31-32 minutes. I'd love to get under 30, but a PR would suit me just fine. It's a very flat course.

Yesterday I did a 4-mile run and it was awful. I got my period over a week early and I don't think I've ever retained this much water in my entire life. My fingers were swollen like sausages and I was fitting in my D cup bras again! I honestly felt like I weighed 244 lbs and was running my first race again (the scale said 182 though so not too bad for a period weigh-in...)
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Anyways, things are OK. I realize I was stressing out due to PMS and other stress factors and things aren't THAT BAD. Breathe in, breathe out. Race tomorrow, then I'm going to clean the house and chill out. Jon's birthday is on Sunday and he's gonna be a kid in the candy store with the gifts I got him... hehe.

Have a great weekend all!

  
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TRAVELNISTA 9/26/2010 10:15PM

    emoticon emoticon It is hard to believe a whole year has gone by. What an emoticon job you have done during this time. emoticon emoticon

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LILIVW 9/25/2010 2:01AM

    Good luck and thanks for the inspiration! I am doing my first 5K on November 13th. You have given me hope!

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HOSTALADY 9/24/2010 11:54PM

    Enjoy your run tomorrow and a wonderful Happy Birthday to your husband on Sunday.
A great weekend lined up for you! WOO HOO! YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!

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GRACEISENUF 9/24/2010 10:43PM

    Kick some butt and have a great time celebrating Jon's birthday. Mine is next Tuesday and my hubs has got to work. Guess we will just celebrate it next Thursday when we go to visit our daughter at her college.

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AHEALTHIERJESS 9/24/2010 9:05PM

    I LOVE Race for the Cure. I don't necessarily like how crowded it is, but I love all the positive energy and people getting together to be active for a cause. It was also my first 5K :) Good luck!

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LISAW/3 9/24/2010 7:20PM

    Have a great run! I just signed up to re-run the first race I did (it's in December)! I think it is a great way to celebrate a running anniversary!
Good luck!

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FUNFROG79 9/24/2010 5:22PM

    Good luck and have fun! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 9/24/2010 5:22PM

    Good luck and have fun! emoticon

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    Good luck and have fun! emoticon

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ELYMWX 9/24/2010 4:37PM

    Have a great run!

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SACGIRL 9/24/2010 3:37PM

    Good Luck on your run tomorrow!! Have a ton of FUN and you WILL do an AWESOME job!! This will be a nice and easy race for you :) Please keep us all posted on how it goes.

I had a bad run this week too. My legs felt like lead and for the first time I also felt like I had put all my weight back on. I felt like I was dragging around an extra 50 pounds. It was such a bad run that I decided to skip my run yesterday to recover. Sometimes we just need to listen to our bodies and not worry about any plan.

GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/24/2010 3:23PM

    Im doing the race for the cure too here in Athens though for some reason its 4K ! :P :D :D can't wait to hear about it girrl! :)

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REDRUNNER82 9/24/2010 3:22PM

    Congrats on your one-year race-a-versary! You'll kill it this year for sure.

Ahhh period bloat. Don't you enjoy being a girl? Chug a ton of water to flush it out!

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ROOT4HOME 9/24/2010 3:03PM

    Oh WOW!! You're going to do GREAT tomorrow!! Congrat's on your accomplishments so far!! You've come a long way and are going STRONG!! TOM or not...I just know you're going to do AWESOME and surprise yourself!! Be cheering you on from WI as I run my Race for the Cure 5k too!! emoticon emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 9/24/2010 3:03PM

    Congrats on your Raceversary! I think it's funny that MY very first race was a Run for The Cure as well! I should do that again some day...

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CINCYDORA 9/24/2010 2:55PM

    Best of luck. I'm sure you'll do great!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 9/24/2010 2:45PM

    Way to go on a year of racing. It is so much fun to run the race again where you started. You will do great and beat that old time by a mile. I can feel the 30's coming for you. Got get it. I'm still trying to get to 35.

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CLALIZ 9/24/2010 2:28PM

    WOO HOO~! that is awesome ONE YEAR!
Rock it girl!!!
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JENN26POINT2 9/24/2010 2:27PM

    I too wanna do a 5k in sub-30. Good luck this weekend and I hope you feel better soon. TOM sucks... I still haven't gotten one (by my drs definition) since July of last year!! EEK. having a baby really goofs with your system.

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MARLIMOO 9/24/2010 2:12PM

    Awesome. Here's to 30 or better. You can do it.

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KITHKINCAID 9/24/2010 1:43PM

    Have a great race tomorrow!!! It's like it is in the theatre - bad dress rehearsal, great opening night. So you had a crappy run - that means tomorrow you'll be BRILLIANT :)

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PAPAMIKIE 9/24/2010 1:41PM

    Don't worry about the time. You may well trim a few mins of your training just because of the race energy. Most important thing is not to get sucked into the initial rush. Start at your own pace and see where it takes you.

Good luck.

Good running and be careful out there.

Popie

PS I tend to have a poor run last run before a race. I think I get my focus on the race I will be doing instead of the run I am doing, and as a result my form goes to pieces.

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/24/2010 1:35PM

    With all the running you have been doing since that first 5K you are gonna ROCK IT tomorrow! Enjoy my friend and Have wonderful weekend!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 9/24/2010 1:20PM

    gOOD LUCK TOMOROROW. cAN'T WAIT TO RE-DO MY FIRST.

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ANNE7X7 9/24/2010 1:14PM

    I think it is SO cool that you are doing the same 5K this year!! You are going to KILL that time, and there's no a doubt in my mind that you will get a PR! I also believe in you for the sub-30. Believe in yourself, and you'll do it!!

I hope the water retention is better today! I hate that feeling!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 9/24/2010 1:04PM

    Have a great time at the race! I'll be doing Free To Breathe Lung Cancer Walk (3.5 miles) tomorrow. Here's to finding cures!!!

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CUBANJELLY 9/24/2010 12:55PM

    You're going to do great because you are a ROCK STAR! Can't wait to hear your amazing race report!

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_TRIXIE_ 9/24/2010 12:53PM

    What a great anniversary for you! I can't wait to hear how it goes tomorrow. I'll be thinking of you!

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PHDMAMA06 9/24/2010 12:50PM

    Best of luck with your race and congrats on a successful year!! I too am celebrating a year of racing this week (although won't be able to re-run my first 5k due to family obligations). Have fun tomorrow!!

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SUGIRL06 9/24/2010 12:48PM

    You will do great!!! At least TOM came already and didn't show up with the bloating tomorrow! You are going to show us pictures right?? I am so proud of you and your running! You will do amazing!
~Ang

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KYMMC3 9/24/2010 12:48PM

    How Awesome!! Good Luck tomorrow! I'm running a race tomorrow -we'll be running side/side! Have fun!!!

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KAISERSOZE 9/24/2010 12:35PM

    This is so exciting! Have a great run tomorrow!

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WANT2BEFIT10 9/24/2010 12:34PM

    Have a GREAT RACE!

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STORMTMB 9/24/2010 12:26PM

    Hoping that you'll be able to enjoy the race and reflect on your past year of awesome successes - and that the stress will ease up.

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KIMWEBB40 9/24/2010 12:16PM

    Good luck tomorrow! you are gonna do GREAT! I am running my 2nd 5K tomorrwow. My 1st one I did in 34:15 so I would like to do at least 2 min better if not 4 min. (I think that's pushing it though). Can't wait to hear how you did. emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/24/2010 12:11PM

    Have an amazing run! You will be awesome as usual!
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Good luck at your race! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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CHICAT63 9/24/2010 12:03PM

    Have an excellent race and make sure to secure those girls ! Enjoy hubby's birthday celebration on Sunday; in all have a great weekend. emoticon

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BLK2010 9/24/2010 12:01PM

    Can't wait to read your race report! I'm so excited for you to be able to see in "print" how well you have improved! Drink as much H20 as you can today. emoticon

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MAIA2011 9/24/2010 11:57AM

    Rock that race! I have a feeling you are going to break 30!

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BURKEBRIZ 9/24/2010 11:54AM

    Enjoy your race and the spoils of how far you've come since this time last year!

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LISTLOADRUN 9/24/2010 11:50AM

    You have come so far and have been such an inspiration to me - off days (especially period driven ones) happen, but I know you and your commitment to excellent things - you're gonna rock that race tomorrow!

Havent told you lately, and you deserve to hear it more - thank you for everythign you do for your fellow sparkers :) You truly make a difference.

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/24/2010 11:45AM

    Best wishes for a restful night tonight and a much better run tomorrow!

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FREES1 9/24/2010 11:41AM

    Glad a new day brought new light! Enjoy the run and the party afterwards! May you reach your time goal.. Have a heck of a running anniversary!

... oh.. and to 40plusandfit... the girls ain't necessarily all they're cracked up to be!

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/24/2010 11:39AM

    Good luck at the race!!! Wow, a year of racing, look how far you've come!! I'm running the Race for the Cure 5k this Sunday in my area!!

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ATREAT4ME 9/24/2010 11:36AM

    I'm glad to know that things aren't THAT BAD and that you'll have fun with Jon's birthday.

I thought of a blog I'd read earlier this week, "Meet Tom," as I read yours today. It really made me laugh, then I laughed more as I shared it with my DH, who also laughed a lot. Here's the link: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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og_id=3661946 It's by SparkPeople Callikia, who I think is a very talented writer. I hope you enjoy it.

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40PLUSANDFIT 9/24/2010 11:32AM

    D-Cup.... that's yeah... I don't even think I saw that when I was pregnant. You girls with girls!!! emoticonGood luck on your race.

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Ugh (Not a Happy Blog)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1. I got called back to The Firm on Friday, so my schedule is all a-tizzy. It's supposed to be done again today, so I'm hoping for that.

2. Was going to go to the gym Monday but I found out my grandfather has Stage 4 lung cancer and we're having a family meeting tonight to figure out next steps (he's like a dad to me, so this is tough) and living situations. I'm going to offer to move in, but really the best situation would be for them to move in with my aunt. He is very stubborn though and probably will not want to leave his house.

3. Was going to go to the gym last night but was forced to stay at work til 7, got a sidesplitting headache and instead cried my eyes out watching Biggest Loser (Aaron really got to me with his family history of alcoholism and him transferring an addictive personality to food... as did Ada with the guilt of the deaths of her brothers being piled on her...) and kinda had a pity party bemoaning the fact that I will probably NOT lose any weight in September. I need to use the 6 free passes I have for personal training, but it's a 30 minute drive away and my exercise has been focused on running.

4. This morning it took me an hour to get into work instead of the 30 minutes it usually does and I'm already tired. I tried to wake up at 6 for a run, but I just couldn't do it. Read in the newspaper about a study that exercise has very little effect on weight loss and that limiting calories is more important. Grumble.

So tonight I'm going to leave by 4:30, get at least an hour at the gym, go home, grab the car, pick up Jon and head over for that dreaded family meeting where my horrible stepmother (she's not even my real stepmother as she and my dad aren't married, just living together for like 18 years) will probably assert her opinion where it's not wanted. Hoping for minimal tears and minimal grazing, unlike last night, but not likely.

  
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GRACEISENUF 9/24/2010 10:41PM

    emoticon wish I would have read this sooner, so sorry to hear about your Grandpa.

I will be praying for you and your entire family.

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LADYSNOWFALL 9/24/2010 1:37PM

    I'm very sorry to hear about your grandfather. (((HUGS)))

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KYMMC3 9/24/2010 12:59PM

    Hugs !! I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather honey!! I hope the meeting wasn't too horrible and some things were settled for the most part. I havne't watched the Biggest loser yet, it's recorded, but from what everyone has said, it seems like I better have a box of tisshues on hand!

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JBOWDOIN02 9/24/2010 12:20PM

    I hope things go well with your family meeting. The purpose of the meeting is stressful enough. I know how hard it is to try and figure these things out. We had the same situation with my grandparents when my granddad had surgery and we needed to work out a schedule to be with him and also with my grandma. My stepdad has lung cancer. You and your family are in my thoughts. It's going to be hard, but you will get through it.
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ADRIBURTON 9/24/2010 8:54AM

    Tomorrow the sun will rise and so will you, stay strong.

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/23/2010 11:57PM

    Sorry about your grandfather...

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ATREAT4ME 9/23/2010 11:23PM

    You are a strong, organized, caring woman. You are beautiful inside and out and that's evident in the way you love yourself and the people around you (both IRL and virtual)! I am sorry that you will be going through a difficult time. But I am confident that you will go through it with kind and loving grace. You have my support and my prayers.

After just 2.5 months on SparkPeople, there is no way I would give up any part of my exercise. Frankly, I marvel at what I have been able to get what was a 276 pound body to do. I'm at 242 now and my legs are cut. I mean, C-U-T, cut. It's the bicycle. It's the walking. It's the holding my gut in, doing push-ups, and getting off of my butt. I'm adding C25K starting next week because I believe it so very much. Just my newbie opinion. Thanks for reading.

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 9/23/2010 10:21PM

    Sorry to hear about your granddad I will keep him in my prayers. Stay strong!

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MOMFAN 9/23/2010 9:42PM

    Hugs! My brother is fighting aggressive brain cancer. Keep working on finding a way to keep your life balanced with good food and exercise.

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SMYGIRL 9/23/2010 9:02PM

    Thank you, as always, for being honest - even on the bad days!

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DITTY1013 9/23/2010 8:27PM

    Really sorry to hear about the ordeal with your grandfather. Hope you guys get something figured out that works for everyone.

As for exercise, remember that even outside of losing weight, it helps us in a variety of other ways, perhaps first and foremost psychologically. It helps us burn off stress, feel strong and capable, and to continually grow both in muscle and brain power. One adage that made sense to me was that diet changes your size and exercise changes your shape. You can diet your way down to a "perfect" weight, but it's going to look a lot better on a person who exercises (and that person's going to feel a heck of a lot better, too!).

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DBFBILLY 9/23/2010 8:05PM

    Sorry to hear about your grandfather emoticon Hope everyone s cordial tonight and hope it goes well..Work on taking care of yourself mentally...and I rhink that study is BS too!! The benefits DO last throughout the day..so don't believe it.... emoticon
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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/23/2010 7:39PM

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Just wish I could be there in person to give you a great big real hug!!! But the virtual will have to do for now...take care girl!

And as far as that study - what a crock of BS!! Whenever I hear about all these studies of conflicting information I just think back to when they all said we should give up butter and eat margarine and now they all say don't eat margarine!! Real butter is better for you in the long run!! For every study that says one thing you can find another two or three that say the other. Exercise helps inform our decisions ALL DAY! I mean would we be where we are at now if we didn't feel so powerful after a run or intense workout? I know I would have given up a long time ago if not for the rush of confidence I have in my physical abilities! So you just keep on doing what you've been doing. We all here at Spark prove them wrong already! BAM!

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NUTRIGIRL08 9/23/2010 5:13PM

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/23/2010 4:51PM

    Kristina,

I am so incredibly sorry for your grandpa(as well as all the other stuff in this blog). *HUGS* If you need ANYTHING at all, don't hesitate to call or text me! I'm here for ya, woman! Even if you just want to vent/bitch/cry, I'm here for you! I hope everything went OK at the meeting, and at the firm.

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SCS9261 9/23/2010 4:43PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. I also just found about a friend who has Stage IV lung cancer. I know it's tough. I'm praying for you and your family.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/23/2010 3:01PM

    Thinking of you! You have to take care of yourself (mentally) this week. If you lose weight you do and if you don't you don't.

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SIMPLY-EVA 9/23/2010 1:37PM

  Sounds like you made it through the family meeting intact. Sometime thats all we can hope for. Special prayers and positive thoughts being sent your way. You have done amazing things with your body and for your life... take care of yourself.

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FREES1 9/23/2010 1:35PM

    Hang in there and be gentle with yourself - and the others in your family.. even she who isn't technically part of it...
Life is what happens regardless of our plans and as frustrating as it might be sometimes you just gotta let go and let it happen.
You've lost so much weight and gone through so many changes in your journey that maybe it wouldn't hurt a lot to let the loss ride and pick up again when the rest of your life has settled down again. And regardless if its less food or more burning its the balance in favor of the more burned than consumed that leads to weight loss (btw I lost next to nothing until I started walking walking walking)
Keep the faith kiddo - your doing good!

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250STRONG 9/23/2010 1:24PM

    THinking of you.

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LINDSAY0228 9/23/2010 11:43AM

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NEENSTER1 9/23/2010 11:08AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. emoticon

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SASSYBEAN1 9/23/2010 10:31AM

    I am so sorry to hear your sad news. I hope that all the tools you've learned on this journey can help keep the damage in check. It won't help with the sadness. Tears are ok.

Big hugs coming your way for strength and courage through this ordeal.

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MANDA_MICHELLE 9/23/2010 10:23AM

  i'm so sorry about your gpa. i can't imagine what you're going through. be patient with yourself, and love yourself. go to your family meeting with an open mind, its probably hurting your 'stepmom' as well, just in other ways.
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KAISERSOZE 9/23/2010 9:45AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. I will be keeping him and you in my thoughts prayers.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 9/23/2010 9:30AM

    Sorry girl. Big HUGS to you. I wish there was something I can say that would magically make things better, but that's not how it works sometimes.

I'll keep you and your grandfather in my thoughts and prayers.

Take each day one at time, and know that you have the support of all your sparkbuddies behind you if you need a shoulder to cry on or an ear to vent too.

HUGS

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ERMAC22 9/23/2010 8:54AM

    Hey friend - I'm glad to read your meeting went well (on the sidebar) and hope your family is doing well during a difficult time. Give yourself some slack this week - take care of yourself and your family and think about how different your food/life choices are now versus what they were before in a situation like this (I know mine are). Give yourself a pat on the back and hugs to you! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 9/23/2010 7:21AM

    I'm so sorry it's been sucky lately. Hang in there... you are a very wonderful granddaughter to consider moving in.

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/23/2010 6:22AM

    I'm sorry sweety, I am keeping you in my thoughts.... BIG HUGS. You're so beautiful in every way.

Dimitra

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MFREE1 9/23/2010 3:50AM

    Sorry to hear about your grandfather.

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MSAPRILMAE 9/23/2010 1:23AM

    Remember, it will not always be like it is now. There will be better times.

Also, exercise is VERY important. I would dismiss that study if I were you. Exercise is vital for burning calories, as well as getting oxygen to your body which aids in a number of things (keeps you from being fatigued, gets more oxygen to your brain so it can produce serotonin, the "happy" biochemical, etc.).

Hang in there! Every day is a new day...stay in the moment.

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 9/23/2010 12:58AM

    So sorry about your Grampa. emoticon
Just do the best you can, we'll be thinking of you.

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JENN26POINT2 9/22/2010 9:25PM

    Oh, hunny, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I lost a grandpa to kidney cancer, so I know what you're going through (kind of because it's not the same situation). I wish you peace and a quickly healed heart. Shoot me a message if you need to talk or vent or anything. Take care.

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LIPSTICKMESSIAH 9/22/2010 8:25PM

    Problems can never come at you one at a time, but in huge giant bundles, don't they? I know how it feels. But you're such a strong person and I know you'll get through all these trials and tribulations.

It's okay to cry and rage and kind of lose it sometimes, you should allow yourself that, but for the most part it's best to calm yourself and focus on what problems can be solved and how.

I hope things get better for you and KEEP MOVING FORWARD! =D

-L.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 9/22/2010 7:50PM

    Tough week... but with very second it becomes further in the past... in regards to your grandfather.. I am so sorry... my sister has stage 4 ovarian cancer and i wanted her to move in with me (I'm a nurse) but she chose to move to a retirement center that has independent living - because she wanted to be independent as long as possible.. it was hard but I can see now how it was the right thing..

peace.

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CARLA-216 9/22/2010 7:37PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather.
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OHINICETOSEEU 9/22/2010 6:46PM

    I'd take a double look at that study. You'll find that a lot of studies will come out, all saying different things - look more into the study and look at their sample size.

It's true that if you're eating a 7k-calories-a-day diet, there's no way most people would be able to burn off the 5k excess in calories through exercise - even for someone my size (255 lbs.), I'd be exercising for more than 6 hours a day to burn all of that off.

But for most of us? I eat as many calories as I can (staying right at caloric maintenance level) and burn off most of my weight through exercise...and I've always steadily lost 2 lbs. a week doing that.




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GEODAWG 9/22/2010 6:25PM

    I am sorry about your grandfather. My mother died of lung cancer three years ago after being diagnosed only a few months. My brother, sister and I took turns staying with her at her home. She was more comfortable there and doing what she wanted was most important in her last days. I hope you have plenty of help during this time of need. Hospice was wonderful for my mother and for us.

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TIGERJANE 9/22/2010 5:37PM

    oh boy, sounds like me - life always throws something at ya! I'm sos orry you're having to deal with your grandfather's health deteriorating. My grandfather is 80 and having a risky surgery October 5th that he may not make it through, and he lives in FL and we can't afford to go visit him one last time. You'll find a way, and please be easy on yourself while all of this is going on. Maintaining is hard enough, let alone looking to lose when you're so stressed.

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AHEALTHIERJESS 9/22/2010 5:37PM

    emoticon The situation with your grandfather must be tough. I am super close with my grandparents and I know what it feels like when they have serious health problems. Best of luck with your family meeting!

I think you're doing the best you can to work out. Sometimes life happens. You still have a good attitude about it and are doing what you can. That's all you can ask for.

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L3DESIGNS 9/22/2010 5:34PM

    Hugs! Sounds like a tough week! Hope the meeting goes smoothly tonight. Hugs

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MAMADELIGHT 9/22/2010 4:38PM

    Thinking of you tonight. Get a good sweat in, and I hope your night is without stress. Big Lob to you.

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 9/22/2010 4:25PM

    Sorry to hear about everything that is going on in your life. Hopefully, you can take some of these things and use them for motivation rather than excuses. I know it is hard but you are a strong person and you will get through all of this.

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GONEFISHIN61 9/22/2010 4:22PM

    Sorry to hear about your Grandpa. Hope it all goes well tonight. emoticon

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FOXSTAR10 9/22/2010 4:19PM

    It is a hard choice to make. My father probably has about 3 weeks. My sister and I found a house and moved there with Mom and Dad and we found out about the cancer after we moved. The doctor said that he was not going to put Dad thru chemo or radiation (he is 90). The positive thing is we had these months living in the same house.

Take care no matter what decision is made.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/22/2010 4:02PM

    You have a lot happening at the moment , so sad to hear about your granfather. Just be kind to yourself. Lots of hugs. emoticon emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 9/22/2010 3:52PM

    HUGE HUGS! I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather-- and hope that the meeting goes smooth, considering the circumstances... and that you have someone to lean on! Don't worry about the exercise-- right now, it's just one of those weeks and that's OKAY... you will be back, because you want it!!!

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VIBRANTVIC 9/22/2010 3:01PM

    When it rains it pours. Hope it goes well tonight, emotional family stuff can be a killer on the diet! Keep at it girl, exercise is good for YOU, no matter what the latest and greatest study says, just remember how much better you feel after. All this stress, you could use a good run!

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SUSANISTHIN34 9/22/2010 2:33PM

    I'm sorry to hear of all your are going through. Please remember that we are all here for you--I am sending supportive thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Hang in there.....

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