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Tough Mudder Pics

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

To learn more and see a video go here:

A good video shot by a competitor at the event that I did:

I have some pics I can share from my epic adventure, known as Tough Mudder. "Probably the toughest event on the planet".

Before starting out, My friend Mike and I looking confident.

Straddling one of the "Berlin Walls".

Low crawling under barbed wire, "Kiss of Mud"

Traversing the "Mud Mile". Several mud filled ditches with slick, muddy mounds between them.

"Mud Mile" aftermath. (Mud Mile was actually about 50 yards)

Random people coming through "Electro Shock Therapy". Hanging wires with 10,000 volts of electricity in them. It was dark when I get here, but my son got pics of others going through it. By the way, when it hits you, you really know it, some people get knocked out!

The after picture.

Our new friends, Juan and Shannon. Both Navy corpsmen in their early 20's. She did the Mudder barefoot, and a few times when the path became too rocky or thorny, Juan would put her on his back and carry her. Truly, these 2 were beasts out there, but they were also kind and friendly.

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SAZZLERAZZLE 10/5/2012 7:23PM

    WOW Ken you are hard as nails!! And can i add that - even covered in mud - your face looks SO much slimmer (and younger!) than your profile pic!! You are doing so well! I am in awe of this event, and the lady who did it barefoot!!! Congrats to you for doing it! emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL8186 10/4/2012 3:48PM

    Are you doing the same one next year? I am thinking of doing NorCal or SoCal next year too .... Washington Oregon and Cali ... lol

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/3/2012 6:01PM

    Look at your pics!! HOLY COW you look FANTASTIC!!!!

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RUSUNA 10/3/2012 3:31PM

    omg that looks like sooooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MARYDSAN 10/3/2012 3:12AM

    Wow-you can really see your progress in these pics! I showed them to a co-worker, and she too was amazed! She said it looked like a different person. Way to go!

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GRANDEFILLE 10/2/2012 9:25PM

    Looks like you had fun! Congratulations! you did it!

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_BABE_ 10/2/2012 6:31PM

    Those are priceless need to put your 'before' beside your 'after' for dramatic effect!

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CLPURNELL 10/2/2012 4:55PM

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just pure awesome Bro!!!

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RUNNER4LYFE 10/2/2012 4:11PM

    Awesome blog! Awesome pics! Looks like u had an emoticon time!!! Way to go!!!

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Wk 77 Weigh In - Tough Mudder

Sunday, September 30, 2012

WOW, I am so sore and my calves still want to cramp up, but I did it. I did bypass some obstacles because I knew that if I attempted them I would not have enough left in the tank to keep hiking the hills and finish the course. There were a few thousand feet of elevation to climb and a few of the climbs were steep enough that many people were bear crawling up them. Some of the descents were just as bad, having to go down sideways, sliding 2-3 feet after taking a 6 inch step, many people just scooted down on their butts.

To me the most impressive thing I saw was a young gal (about 23) who was doing this with her boyfriend, she did the whole course barefoot! She does barefoot running but this was all rocks and thorns and weeds. My friend and I ran into her and her boyfriend about 2 miles in and the 4 of us stayed together the rest of the course. They are both Navy Corpsmen (medics), so who better to travel with when you feel like you may collapse at anytime!

It was mentally and physically exhausting and I was like a zombie near the end, slightly confused, dragging myself along but I wasn't wanting to eat brains. The 10,000 volts of electricity at the end was quite shocking :) It was like getting hit with a stun gun and several people collapsed when hit. Most people ran through that part, but not I! I couldn't run, so I just walked and got zapped probably 25 times, but I was aiming for spots where several wires were tangled together, I think I have a touch of masochism in me.

I will have a few pictures later when I go get my son from his friend's house, he has the camera. But for now I'll just get to the weigh in numbers for this week.

Weight : 219.2
Lost : 3.4
Total : 98.0

A good week for weight loss, a rough week for the body overall. Like I told my dad last night, "I'm hurt, but I'm not injured".

Quote seen on the t-shirts of all of the Marine recruiters from all over Cali that volunteered at Tough Mudder:

"Pain is weakness leaving the body" I did not know that my body was harboring so much weakness!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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BEAUTIFUL8186 10/2/2012 2:24AM

    I think I need to do Tough Mudder on a mountain. it was almost easy where I was. It was really fun though!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 10/1/2012 8:06PM

Wow Ken! I was so clueless to what Tough Mudder was and I still don't really know fully what it is but from reading this blog, I have a better understanding what it entails. I feel so dumb because when you first said you were going to do it, I just that it was another name for a regular run/ walk race.

As Chris stated, just being a part of this was very courageous of you because no matter how much weight I lose, I don't think I would be able to ever accomplish what you have.

emoticon Job!!!

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CLPURNELL 10/1/2012 6:42PM

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Man I cannot begin to express how in awe I am of what you accomplished. I know you are hurting now but you have DONE what many will never attempt!!! You have truly proven what a tough mudder you are!!!!


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JJAQUES41 10/1/2012 2:18PM

    Never heard of the tough mudder, but I'm so intimidated just reading about it here! I can't believe someone ran it barefoot and electrocution was part of the course! Fantastic job not only starting it, but managing to finish it all!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/1/2012 12:19PM

    HOLY COW you had to get ZAPPED???? yikes!!!!
Good for you for getting through..i am so proud of you!!!! You are my hero of the week!! And fantastic loss, too!!

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THEFABMZFIT 10/1/2012 10:26AM

    That is AWESOME! Tough Mudder is FREAKIN HARD!

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MARYDSAN 9/30/2012 9:07PM

    Awesome-all I can say is awesome! Yes, Navy corpsmen are good company (including my sister-in CA- and Dad-with the Lord).

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_BABE_ 9/30/2012 7:25PM

    You are hilarous travelling with medics! I was not familiar with the volts of electricity at the end of one of these there a reason for it? emoticon Well done!

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DNRAE1 9/30/2012 6:47PM

    Wow! Simply Amazing!!! You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 9/30/2012 6:44PM

    HUGE accomplishment & a good week for weight loss - KUDOS!!! Now, be nice to yourself, relax & let your body heal!! :)

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ME_FIRST 9/30/2012 5:48PM

    Congratulations on finishing and a great weight loss this week. Does this mean that you are now a tough mudderer? Wonderful.

Yvonne emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 9/30/2012 3:36PM

    Good gracious! emoticon on being able to emoticon all the way to the end.

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TEACHFIRST268 9/30/2012 2:15PM

Words just don't seem strong enough to describe what you have done and what you have accomplished. Hats off to you for having the guts to participate in such a thing and congratulations for completing it!
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LADISHEFFLADY1 9/30/2012 1:59PM

    Great Job....keep it up!


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Wk 76 Weigh In - Here we go

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Another week has come and gone and my nerves are building. Next Saturday the 29th I am participating in the Nor-Cal Tough Mudder and I am not nearly in the shape I had anticipated when I paid my entry fee last January. There has really been no consistency in my strength training since May and the last month there has been a lack of consistency of making it to the gym just to do cardio. Tough Mudder suggests being able to jog 5 miles on a consistent basis before taking on the course. I can't really jog at all :( I can walk and I do that quite a lot so I will just have to walk the 12 miles I suppose. Although I am sure that I will end up jogging, ignoring the pain it causes me due to the adrenaline pumping through the crowd. My only goal for this event is to finish, to survive the 25 obstacles somehow. I'm anxious, excited and scared, should be a good time.

This week I did better with going to the gym, but still slacked off a bit the last couple of days. I did 135 fitness minutes, could have and should have been more, but I can't change that now. Also, my eating was better this week. I definitely had a couple of off plan meals (nachos anyone?) but over all I did a better job.

I had some stress lifted off of me also when I found out that my final paper for Global Economics and Business Applications had passed. That's 4 more units down (84 units in less than 2 years) and a real monster of a class out of the way. I also wrote a paper this week that I had been sort of putting off for a while because I knew it was going to be a bear. It was indeed a bear, with tons of researching to find all of the pertinent information. I got the paper written (10 pages single spaced) in one day, but that was a terrible day! Most papers take me 3-4 hours to write, this one too approximately 11 hours to write with just a few short breaks here and there. Long, miserable day, but it's done.

Anyway, you didn't come here to listen to me complain about school, you came here to laugh and mock me for my failures!! (kidding) But no failures this week, only triumphs! Let's get to the numbers and see how they stack up:

Weight : 222.6
Lost : 3.2
Total : 94.6

It was a good week for weight loss, maybe I'm back to doing the right things? I'm getting close to being back at my all time low of 217.2, just 5.4 lbs away now. It's too late for me to be in better shape for the Tough Mudder this year, but if things go well (I don't suffer catastrophic injuries) I will have enough time to be in better shape for next time.

So for now friends, I bid you adieu. See you on the flip side.

2011 Nor-Cal official Tough Mudder video:

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 9/26/2012 1:52PM

    Good luck on the mudder Ken!!! I know what a BEAST that is. To finish that is an AWESOME accomplishment! take it slow and get through it! Awesome Job on the loss this week!!!!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 9/25/2012 10:34PM

    You have a lot going on so to get this much accomplished in such a short amount of time is fantastic.

Your sparkpage name is Kingslayer, ok king of your domain, slay this Nor-Cal Tough Mudder race. emoticon Keep a positive attitude going into this race and I have no doubt that you will finish it in one piece.

Just know we are here cheering you on. Congrats on the weight lost.


P.S. How is your mom coming along? Great I hope.

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PENDULA 9/24/2012 4:14PM

    WOW! Those academic challenges are worth mentioning as well. They have a huge impact because they force us to be stationary and the stress sometimes induces bad eating. You are rocking it out man. Just rocking it out!!!!!!!

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KATSKASTLES 9/24/2012 11:41AM

    You are doing great!!! The race is going to be a great challenge for you. :)

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ABETTERME41 9/23/2012 11:52AM

  WONDERFUL! I'm so proud of you. PLEASE give yourself some major props. You will totally kick tushie at your competition. If you think about it, you've already succeeded: Would the "old" Ken have taken on a challenge like this?

You rock!
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ME_FIRST 9/23/2012 8:47AM

    Success all around. Fantastic! You'll be back to 217 very soon.

Good luck next week for the Tough Mudder. You'll do great.


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MARYDSAN 9/23/2012 4:39AM

    Wow! What accomplishments this week-educationally and weight-wise. Congratulations on both! emoticon

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_BABE_ 9/22/2012 9:35PM

    emoticon Wow!! You wrote a 10 page single spaced paper in 3 to 4 hours? Get out of town. Oh yeah and congrats on getting back to the business of weight loss.

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GRANDEFILLE 9/22/2012 8:49PM

    You go! you can do this!

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TEACHFIRST268 9/22/2012 8:04PM

    Oh my gosh!!! I just watched the youtube video. THAT IS A W E S O M E !!!!! I've heard of the Spartan races around here, but those, I believe, are completed individually. I really like the idea of folks working together and helping each other get through this one that you're participating in. Gee...rather symbolic of this weight loss journey and this site, don't 'cha think? ;o)

Congrats on your success this week! Look at you go!!!

And GOOD LUCK next week! Can't wait to hear about it!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/22/2012 7:53PM

    WOO HOO good for you!!!

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CASTIRONLADY 9/22/2012 6:59PM

    Great job with the 3.2 lbs - that is more than 12 sticks of butter. Just think if you had added 12 sticks of butter - what a bummer!

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Wk 75 Weigh In

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Long and dreary, each day seemingly endless; time almost standing still yet still no time for rest. The pain of life endures through the fog of internal war, the din of battle always ringing in my ears painfully bringing tears to my eyes.

That first paragraph means nothing, I just started to type and that's what came out. Sometimes when I need to write a paper I just can't get started so I just type a word or two and then let my fingers roll with with whatever comes out. I usually continue on to writing what I need to write and go back and erase that initial paragraph. This time I decided to let it stay.

Okay, so this week I was at home with my mom each day, I had all of my workout equipment available to me here, lots of things I could do to get my minutes in. So how many fitness minutes did I get this week?? 20 Yep, 20. I walked on the treadmill one day for 20 minutes. It was so boring! At the gym I throw on my ear buds and watch a tv show but out on my patio I had no tv to watch and I don't have a working mp3 player (or much music on my computer to transfer anyway) So I just walked looking at my back fence. Boring.

So no working out but I could combat that with proper diet. So I had steak and rice pilaf twice, corn dogs, and other various crap. Not everyday mind you, but over all I'd give my diet a grade of D for the week.

So let's see how that translates into numbers:

Weight: 225.8
Lost : .8
Total : 91.4

Holy cow, all of that inappropriate eating and lack of exercise equaled a loss of .8! Perhaps if I eat a little better next week and actually get some exercise I could lose a little more and feel more like my old self. I think I may give that a try.

My mom is doing much better and getting around pretty good with her walker. I think I'll hit the gym after taking my son to school in the mornings just to be sure that I get some gym time in. And I'll make more food for myself instead of looking for whatever is going to be easy and fast.

That's it for this week. Be well people :)

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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PENDULA 9/18/2012 7:21PM

    Making a plan is half the battle and when one is doing caretaking duties it re routes us. You have a plan for the coming week. And you still lost, despite the deviation. You'll be back on track in no time. I only have hope and enthusiasm about where you are going.!!!! :)

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TEACHFIRST268 9/17/2012 6:05PM

    Even though you've been a little out of your routine, you still have an awareness of your eating and exercise. Could you say that a few years ago? This is still progress! Congrats on the loss and sounds like you've got a good plan for the week ahead! Glad to hear that your mom is doing better!
Have a great week!

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CLPURNELL 9/17/2012 12:19PM

    Glad your mother is feeling better. We should know by now weight loss doesn't always make sense lol. You WILL get back into the grove and start lowing those #s away before you know it!!!

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MARYDSAN 9/15/2012 9:13PM

    Glad to hear that your mom is doing better. What I need to know is how you lose with those foods and only 20 minutes of exercise? Were they extremely small portions, or maybe you got in more exercise minutes than you logged by the movement in helping your mom? Congrats on the lose in any case. I'm sure next week will have an increased loss if you do it according to your plan.

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_BABE_ 9/15/2012 8:35PM

    Well Edgar Allan I mean Ken...this too shall pass.....the sun will come out tomorrow tomorrow...wait that's my blog.... lol

I don't mean to tease but I think you are getting a sense of my humour.

Let me put on my psycho analyzer hat and say that it's been a tough haul, you have triumphed and now you are in a limbo.....where does one go next...ok it was a stab in the dark.

Tell me Ken why do YOU think you took a week off from the routine? I am glad you realize you got a free pass with the .8 loss and are getting right back it.

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GRANDEFILLE 9/15/2012 7:39PM

    That is a plan! Glad your mother is doing good. keep going Ken you can do this!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/15/2012 7:22PM

    Glad that mom is doing better..and YAY on the loss!! I'm betting you will be down lots if you stick with it this week!!

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Wk 74 Still not on the right path

Saturday, September 08, 2012

This was a very long week. It started out alright, getting some gym time in on Monday and Tuesday and eating not too badly (but not too clean either). But on Wednesday things got a little hectic. My mom went into the hospital that morning for a total hip replacement. So I've been driving back and forth (about 40 minutes each way) to visit with her for a few hours each day in the hospital. Then on Friday it was my son's 16th birthday and in my family we have a tradition that the birthday person gets to have whatever they want for their birthday dinner. My son wanted me to make a paleo pizza that I'd made a few months ago. So I took an hour to shop and about 2 hours making the no-carb pizza crusts. Hunched over the counter whisking and kneading ingredients just killed my back, but hey, the kid only has one birthday a year!

Now that this week is over, I am hoping that I can get closer to being back on track. Although I will be the main person taking care of my mom here at home because my dad has a long term substitute teaching job for the next month so I'll be the only one home to help her out. Not complaining mind you, she's my mom and it's the least I can do. I just don't think I'll be getting to the gym much this week. I know what you're thinking, I can go to the gym in the evening while my dad looks after my mom... not gonna happen. The gym is always crowded in the evenings and I have loathed crowded gyms since I first joined one at age 15. But I do have a treadmill, stationary bike some dumbbells and my kettlebell here at home so I SHOULD be able to get some exercise time in. Of course I still need to write papers for school too. sigh.

I need to officially write my numbers down here so I feel more accountable. I have just been so "off" since my vacation but it's time that I owned up to it instead of just being vague.

Weight : 226.6
Gain : 2.8
Total : 90.6

I was down to 223.8 last week and I ballooned up a bit this week. But on the plus side, I am not feeling depressed now, just concerned that I am not ready for Tough Mudder on the 29th. I guess I'll just have to see what happens.

Thanks for reading and thanks for all of the support. It's good to have friends that understand what you're going through.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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GODSCHILD2_2011 9/13/2012 8:13PM

    I think you're doing ok considering all the things that going on in your life right now. I know it sucks that you gain a little weight, good news is , this too shall pass and I have all confidence in you that you will get back on track and do it with a vengeance. emoticon

You may not be able to get to the gym right know, so, get some exercising were or when you can. Almost anything can be counted as some form of exercising; just as long as you keep moving.

I'm sending prayers that your mom will recoup speedily. How did your sons BD dinner turn out? I know he probable had a blast.

Try to stay positive and know that we are here for you.


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RIBKNIT 9/12/2012 6:24PM

    Hi Ken. You say you are still not on the right path, but perhaps you are. Perhaps you are right where you need to be. With such a lot happening, I salute you for doing and being all that you are. Hang in there, it will pass and you'll get the ship righted!

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CLPURNELL 9/10/2012 2:36PM

    Man I know it's been a rough run lately. Really sorry about your mom being in the hospital. Maybe this is the trifecta of bad news and things get brighter form here. Get the exercise in where you can and just try to focus on the intake. I know it is hard to do with so much going on. Sometimes we just have to put our head down and get through times like this. Hopefully the light at the end of the tunnel is close and you can get back on track. You are not doing awful considering everything. Like I said remember where you were a year ago. You are still doing awesome!!!

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TEACHFIRST268 9/9/2012 4:20PM

    Sounds like life is going to be a little crazy for a bit. I hope your mom recovers quickly! You're a great son to be there for her, and a great dad for making his birthday dinner!

This is the challenge, isn't it? How to do this weight loss thing while managing life, with all of its ups and downs. DO NOT beat yourself up over a couple pounds. I think most everyone on this site has likely done enough of that. Do the best you can, take it a day at a time, a choice at a time. You're aware and are working on a plan. Now follow through the best you can! I have no double you'll succeed!


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RUSUNA 9/9/2012 1:59PM

    wow, rough week! i'll cross my paws for your moms quick recovery. and chin up, it happens to all of us.

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ME_FIRST 9/9/2012 8:42AM

    A kid who wants paleo pizza for his 16th birthday? You're doing somthing right there!

I've been on both sides of theTHR. I had mine 5 years ago when I was 52 and my Dr. said I couldn't walk on that leg for 6 weeks. That was horrible both physically and mentally. On the other hand, my mother had a THR when she was 81 and was walking the next day.

Your mom will do great at home and she will surely take a few cat naps during the day when you can get some school work done. She'll be doing some light leg strengthing exercises too. Maybe you can kettle bell while she's doing leg slides.

Good luck this week. Keep a smile.... they're really good for mothers on the mend. I'll be thinking about you. Yvonne


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GRANDEFILLE 9/9/2012 7:35AM

    all things considered you are doing great! you are still one of my heroes! Take care of your mom and I know you'll find a way to take care of yourself.

You CAN do this!

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MARYDSAN 9/9/2012 7:08AM

    Glad to hear that the depression has cleared up and that you are such a blessing to your mom. Good sons are great to have around! With your success rate, those extra pounds will be gone in no time!

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NADJAZZ 9/8/2012 10:21PM

    Of all things, your son wanted a paleo pizza! That's a plus, despite the time you put into making it. On top of being a great dad, you're also a wonderful son to help your mom and dad out like that. I hear ya on staying out of the crowded gyms! I much prefer working out in my garage. Your TM is coming soon, but you've still got time to get ready for it! You'll do great, no matter what. I can't wait to hear about it!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/8/2012 8:42PM

    Ken first off...Bless you for doing this for your Mom. She and your dad are very very lucky to have a caring nurturing son like you!!! A big hug just for that.
Second. your mom will need therapy, correct? at a facility? ask if you can use the equipment. I dont know if they will let you, but they might!!! OR,,,take Mom in, and go to the gym. My therapy for my knee was an hour. that would give you some time, which is preferable to none!!

How about check in with me mornings let me know what your workout plans for the day are. i can do the same...then check in evenings or the next morning and say if it got done.

I'm here for you!!

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