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Are you a gym fluff?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Adorned in my new hot pink workout shirt and black shorts, I marched straight back into my closet because the pair of socks I'd quickly grabbed turned to be blue and white, interrupting the color theme I had going on. I laughed as I picked up a pair of pink and white socks, I mean, what the heck was I thinking, caring about how I looked at the gym, where I was about to get grossly sweaty and smelly!!!!!

One of the bennies of exercising is that it's excellent time for thinking while your body pumps away. Here are some things that I know that I do and I'm interested in finding out how many of you are gym fluffs too, or other stuff you can add to the list!

You know you're a gym fluff when...

1. You drive to the gym. - Okay, so mine is 3 miles a way, which is a totally walkable/runnable distance, but I just plain refuse to! My excuse is, I need bumpin music to carry me to the gym, so I can be appropriately pumped to sweat. Maybe you don't buy that, but I'm convinced!

2. While looking for parking, you stalk gym members walking to their cars, which are located in primo locations (aka "super close to the entrance"). - I just have to say this: after sweating at the gym for a couple of hours, the LAST thing I want to do is climb to the fourth level to my car!!! emoticon If only they had one of those golf carts to take me to my ride...?

3. You get annoyed when the car in front of you snags the only primo parking spot in view. You drive off with a fear in your heart that you might have to park in a spot so far away that you need to call a cab just to get to the gym. Even worse, the car who was behind you, snags another primo spot that opened up just after you left. - Grrs!

4. You get really really excited about your new and very cute workout outfit. - If I'm going to look like I got run over by a bus after a workout, at least my outfit looks cute... Right???

5. You do a quick hair check in the locker room before going to your workout. - Refer to #4!

6. You spray a dash of perfume before your workout. - It's just me secretly hoping it would sweeten the scent of my sweat. Heck, I even take a quick shower and change into a new outfit after cardio so that I'd attend my yoga class fresh as a daisy! emoticon

7. You consider taking the elevator at the gym. - I haven't yet, but it's the first thing I think about after spending some good hard times on the bike. I mean, c'mon! I can be a real hazard going down the stairs and there's no make up good enough to cover a black eye I'd get from tumbling down the stairs. Vanity rules.

8. You have a pretty water bottle. - :):):)

9. You wear make-up during your workout. - Okay, so I used to do this, until I started breaking out from it.

10. While shopping for fitness wear, you put back a shirt because it's not your "color." - ha!

Are YOU a gym fluff? Which of these do you do? What other things can you add to the list?

(hey, at least we're active, right??? LOL!)

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NEWONE2 4/8/2009 12:21AM

  Ha ha ha, this blog was great :) I don't know if I'm a total gym fluff but having workout clothes that are cute is a great motivation to go to the gym. I used to drive sometimes and my gym was only about 14 blocks from my house. But it was freeeeezing cold outside so I felt justified...nothing kills motivation to work out like a half hour "warm up" walk that isn't anywhere near warm. Man, now I just want to go to the mall and buy cute workout clothes! Good thing it's 10 p.m. and everything is closed!

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LILHLFPINT 4/5/2009 2:03PM

    (aw, i love my green camelbak water bottle! ::laughs::)

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DRAGONFLY180 4/5/2009 12:30AM

    *lmao* ok 11. if you buy more than one pair of your favorite running shoes not so much because you want to alternate them to extend their life but because you secretly want a few colors to choose from to go with more cute gym outfits.

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JESSICA0431 4/3/2009 8:42AM

And these are just several reasons why I workout at home!! No make-up, no matchy-matchy (cuz, I can't see in the dark at 4:30am when I am grabbing my clothes...albeit, pink and cute...they don't necessarily match)(so I have all black wo pants, everything matches w/ them that way)
I would absolutely need a "touch" of hairspray, a "touch" of make-up and "touch" of cute-ness as to counteract the not so cute smell of workout. Aaaaaand I do not do the semi-wet-look gracefully.
Parking lot, golf carts, elevators...what a hoot!!!!!

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    Sooooooooooooo you're the one with the PERFUME!!! LOL!!! I am so NOT a FLUFF!!! I did however run in a JIGGY RUNNING skirt for the first time this week!!! It felt great but I'm soooo much more comfy in my regular cotton sweats!!! LOL!!! Enjoy your pink but pleaseeeeeeeee go easy on the smelly stuff!!! LOL!!! Jackie!!!

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Anniversary Goodies!!! (stuff that makes my heart go bump-BUMP)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

In celebration of my fifth year of being a non-smoker, DH got me this LOVELY gym bag I've been wanting for awhile now!!!

Er, confession time: Actually, ***I*** bought the darn thing and told him about it later. Better me tell him about it than have him find out when he sees another charge on the credit card at a sporting goods store. Again. Um... hee? emoticon

While "assisting" DH in shopping for my present, I also grabbed a few other goodies! I mean, I smoked on and off from when I was 12 years old (yes _twelve_) until 18 years old, at which then I started smoking about a pack a day until 24 years old. So seriously, the following would be what I consider an appropriate celebration for reaching a 5-year milestone, for I wouldn't even be able to walk a block without bowling over if I continued the habit today! :):):)

My lovely new workout shirt. It almost matches the bag!

My new very cute water bottle.

Do you see a common theme yet??? LOL! Other goodies I got in a different visit over the weekend:

For the semi-long runs. Sadly, it's not pink but that pink water bottle fits oh-so-nicely in the sack, so it doesn't totally break my theme. Whew! emoticon

Provides the perfect 4:1 ratio in carbs and protein for speedy recovery. Oooh this totally makes me feel like a real athlete now!

Think that's crazy? Wait til I celebrate my one year anniversary of exercising in July... Or my first year anniversary of being a runner in August! emoticon

It feels so good to celebrate LIFE. Booyah!


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LILHLFPINT 4/5/2009 2:07PM

    (lol! you have the same camelbak as me. that bottle goes with me EVERYWHERE i go.

congratulations on your fifth year being smoke-free!)

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LINDACHRISTIE 4/2/2009 11:38AM

    emoticonon your anniversary.

I started when I was 16. The odd one then it went up to between 30-40 40 a day by the time I was 42. That was when I decided to stop. I tried to cut down but that didn.t work started to creep up again.
I have now been of cigs for 20 years.

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DRAGONFLY180 4/2/2009 11:20AM

    congrats on your quit anniversary! i had a similar story (picked up my first at around age 10, began smoking a pack a day around 14, and stopped when i was 24, 4 years ago!). you definitely deserved some goodies!!! it's great to be able to feel good about and celebrate life now!

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KARBIE18 4/2/2009 7:24AM

    Yay! Gifts are fun! And what a thing to celebrate! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

DH is 46, and has been smoking since he was nine. Every time he tries to quit, he breaks something (body part). He hit a door, and broke his hand. He kicked a box and broke his foot. He has decided to try again (besides being terribly unhealthy, state taxes have driven them over $6 a pack and he says he refuses to by any more), and I shutter to think about what he'll break next! But, I pray this is the time he succeeds. Several of my friends have told me it was the hardest thing they've ever done.

So, congrats again on successfully doing something so difficult. You earned those gifts!

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Continuing the Committment!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sooo I've been absent for awhile SP, but I'm happy to report that I NEVER stopped exercising!

Inspired by LILHLFPINT (
), I made a 2009 resolution to accomplish 10,000 fitness minutes. Instead of logging it in to SP, I actually started using an Excel spreadsheet instead so I can make nerdy reports and plan my workouts. By the end of today, I will have 5488.54 minutes total for the year, with only 4511.46 left to go!!! (When I reach this goal, I may extend it to 15,000 minutes)

I am still running. Since I recovered from the extraction, illness and etc, I've missed gym days here and there, but I have NOT missed a run, it is the ONE thing I look forward to and heaven forbid if circumstances like rain attempt to railroad me from a run! OMG. Did I just type that? I would NEVER have thought I'd say anything remotely like that back and before I first started working out. Well, actually, when I *don't* work out, I become a teary, irrational, depressed mess (think: PMS times 10), so I really don't have a choice. But still, "go me"... right? emoticon

Speaking of running, I'm still planning on going the full 26.2 at the Long Beach Marathon this October!!! I'm reading a lot of great books on preparing for it physically, mentally and emotionally. I thought about joining a team to train for it, but I recently discovered that I'm more of a solitary runner. Running with other people is fun, but I really really REALLY enjoy hearing the rhythm of my stomping, the pattern of my ungraceful breathing and getting hopelessly lost in the "zone." As a person who thinks of herself as her own best friend, I lust in the certain freedom attained in solitary activities, and so it's with this thought that I will proceed by training alone. Or maybe I just haven't met anyone I can really run with... Who knows, we'll see!

By the way, I celebrate my FIFTH year as a non-smoker this week!!!!!!!! It hasn't been easy (esp around drinking), but as time grows, the difficulty shrinks. Anyway, the five year milestone is an important one, as the chances of relapsing into the habit shrinks drastically, as do risks for things like stroke, lung cancer, etc. GO ME!

Well, that's it for now. I'm gonna finish my (healthy and ENERGIZING!) lunch and then I'm off to the gym! Ohhh the gym. Move over Baskin Robbins, I have a new favorite place!

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LILHLFPINT 4/5/2009 2:19PM

    (first of all, yeay for our 10,000 minute goal. ::grins::

i'm so proud of you for keeping up with your exercise routine though thick and thin! you go girl.

i love how you said 'as a person who thinks of herself as her own best friend'. what a powerful statement you are making when you say that!)

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 3/31/2009 10:14PM

    You are doing amazing...I, too, have thought about you and always wished you well...congrats on the running, going to the gym, and 5 yrs. of non smoking...all of the accomplishments...AWESOME!!! And now you're going to run a marathon...did you ever thing you'd be doing that? Keep Up the great effort!
I am getting there slow but sure...I have been challenged by someone from another team to exercise everyday...and I have a 13 day exercise strike...I've challenged my self to exercise for at least 30 minutes everyday...and that has made a difference. There is just something about not wanting to break that streak. I mix it up with going to the gym, walking, videos from Spark and Wii Fit...
So good to see you on Spark...
Jo Ann

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MUIN64 3/31/2009 6:18PM

    I'm so glad you've been doing so well. When you disappeared, I was afraid things were going badly for you. You're doing awesome!

And I walked a 5K last weekend. I won't ever be running those races, but it felt really good to complete it. A friend and I are thinking of trying a 5 mile race in May.

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KARBIE18 3/31/2009 5:34PM

    I've missed you, but so glad to hear that you've kept up your healthy lifestyle. That's wonderful! I'm so proud of you for quitting smoking, and, more importantly, remaining a non-smoker. Five years is terrific! Keep it up!


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Last Obstacles Over... I am BACK!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oh man oh man oh man.

I have this tendency to where I am social and in a celebratory mood when things go great; however, when things go bad, I run, hide and exhibit hermit-like behavior! I suppose it's my way of dealing with things... Licking my wounds feels soooo good sometimes.

After my $3000 dentist appointment described in the last blog (and that's after my insurance kicked in!!!!) on Feb. 4, one of my extractions became heinously infected. A trip back to the dentist that following Monday earned me antibiotics. The next morning, I woke with minor itches, but by the end of the day, I had full-blown hives ALL over my body!!! It's a good thing there is a dentist on-call 24 hours a day... That night I got another batch of antibiotics, but the following morning (Wed.), my eyes were nearly swollen shut. NOT GOOD! A trip to my regular doctor got me double doses of Benedryl every 6 hours and I was mandated NO EXERCISE until the hives were gone, about a week or two. Ok - Benedryl does the rashes good, but I swear it left me high for days and days and days - I was slurring like a drunk!

Fortunately, I *finally* stopped itching for the most part yesterday. I still have minor itching here and there at times and there's this weird unattractive scaly thing that's on my body. DH called me a "sexy reptile" at one point. LOL Men!

After being laid out for about a month, plans of course have to change and goals need to be revised. Here are mine:

In all this, I of course had to bow out of the 10k. Even though I was doped up in Vicodin and 4 Advils at a time, there was no way I could have run it. The Firecracker is an event that I planned on running two years in a row and it broke my heart this year - again - I had to cancel my plans. But looking on the bright side... There's always next year! (I did get my goody bag though heehee)

**Half Marathon**
The HM is what caused the majority of my tears, heartache and the main reason why I hid away from everyone. How am I supposed to just jump back into to training after taking all that time off??? I remember laying in bed late at night realizing that I had to not give up, but postpone this goal. There was no way I could make the May 2 race. I had to bow out. For now. It was at that moment that I felt the weight of bricks leave my heart and stopped fighting these health problems, and instead, patiently waited for all these ailments to go away. Much more pleasant.

Pre-holiday weight: 106 lbs
Holiday weight: 111 lbs
Post holiday weight: 108 lbs
Current weight: 111 lbs
ARGH - I can't believe I'm still talking about holiday weight!!! Looking at the bright side, I did pretty well considering I didn't exercise nor track my food. I'm optimistic.

According to a Jeff Galloway book, you lose 100% fitness after one month of inactivity. After going on an itsy bitsy 3 miler today, he's not wrong!! Arrrrgh. My breathing was much labored and according to my heart rate, I of course exerted much more effort today than I did in January. I'm not too hung up on it though... Introducing regular runs should get me back into my regular mileage in about a month or two. I can also tell that I've gone "soft", but I'm not too worried about that either.

Slowly but surely! 3 miles today, 3 miles Saturday... 8 miles total next week and adding a mile a week until I start marathon training in mid-April!!!

The HM had to go, but not the marathon!!! Sun. Oct. 11 is the date and I AM SO EXCITED!!! (Is it so bad that I'm looking a lot forward to endless bowls of pasta? HA!)

After scratching the HM plans, I realized that I needed to give my attitude a serious make over. I am an extremely goal-oriented person, but when it comes to losing weight, focusing on it makes it only as a means to an end. What about maintenance and lifestyle? I finally stopped being so hard on myself for gaining back to my holiday weight... Anyway, what's the big deal anyway? I'm still down about 15 pounds! From now on, I need to focus on lifestyle first, looks second (if it's even on the list). I like to run, so as long as I'm running, I will trust the process to keep my weight down. To support my running, I will cross train at the gym, so if I get a hard body from that, I will treat that as a bonus, but I will appreciate the additional cardiovascular and strength building benefits (which leads to stronger/better running and injury prevention). I will stop the stupid psycho thoughts in my head that guilts me when I want to eat a treat. If I want it, I will have it! - but only in moderation. But again, I love running, so I will eat to support my running as well as meet nutritional goals. (The eating part I'm not as worried about - this month proves that eating well is just apart of me now) BOTTOM LINE: Stop trying to look like some supermodel and TRUST THE PROCESS.

**Daily Mantras**
I have the following stuck to my bathroom mirror. My mission is to recite it every day until April 1:

Well that's it for now... Oh and by the way, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE COMMENTS!!!!! I was so unbelievably down, I am moved to tears that you all took the time to write to little ol' me.

And now... I am off to catch up with all my SparkBuddies!!! I can't wait to read what you guys have been up to and be inspired by you all!

And to those who added me recently as a friend, I look forward to getting to know you all!!!



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OSITA223 3/1/2009 10:29AM

    Hi Annie,

You may not know me. My name is Irene. I have been reading your blogs regularly. I am very inspired by your progress and positive attitude. I am definitely learning a lot from your experience. With SP, I'm also making significant positive changes to my health, thinking and lifestyle. I'm on my way to success :) I am currently learning to tone up my arms and abs and was wondering what specific exercises you do to keep your arms and abs in such a great shape. They look really good! I can definitely use some advice. I'd really appreciate it if you would write me when you have free time. I would love to hear from you! Hope you're feeling better from all the dental work you have done and hives. emoticon emoticon

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DRAGONFLY180 2/22/2009 9:07PM

    i'm so glad that you are in good spirits after having scrapped a goal or two, but that marathon will be exciting to train for, so definitely focus on that. and know that we are all here rooting you on. i love the post-it note idea, especially the "we can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are." i'm definitely using that quote!

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LILHLFPINT 2/21/2009 6:57PM

    (::hugs:: i'm exactly the same way. when i'm feeling down, i'm not in the mood to post away on the internet either.

i'm SO sorry to hear about your awful allergic reaction. i'm allergic to antibiotics, too, and have to use vitamins to fight off infections like sinus infections. bleh. ::hugs::

it's good to hear from you. i was wondering how you are doing. i know you will re-group and you'll get back into the swing of things again.)

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KARBIE18 2/20/2009 8:14PM

    Yay! So glad you're back! As you can see, you were missed. Sounds like you had an eventful several weeks, but at least it's in the past. Hope you're off and running soon.
Speaking of which, did I tell you I agreed to walk a half-marathon with my daughter. It's not until October, so I have plenty of time, but it's so completely out of character for me! At first I thought I was crazy, but now I feel kind of excited....almost like an athlete or something!

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MUIN64 2/20/2009 3:44PM

    Annie! I missed you so much! Glad to have an update on what's been happening and to see that you're re-committing. I was worried about you after the oral surgery. Glad to know you're *finally* recovered.


Now, strap on those shoes and hit the road, you runnin' babe!

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    Annie I didn't know you were planning on running the full at Long Beach!!! It will be my first toooo!!! Very exciting!!! Glad you are feeling better and back on the road!!! See you soon!!! Jackie!!!

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YELROCK 2/19/2009 4:37PM

    Do not worry at all about the "lost fitness". Just put one foot in front of the other, and you'll be running that marathon before you know it! Be your own biggest cheerleader. You can do this.

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DAWNO64 2/19/2009 2:58PM

    Oh, Kitty, I know having to postpone that goal again must have hurt...but you'll do it!! Just stay away from sloths and popcorn...

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More Obstacles - Argh!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Tuesday was a great day. For the first time in more than a week, I woke up clear-headed and ready to go - I was back, good riddance bug!

With great delight, on Tuesday and Wednesday I ran to the gym and worked out to my heart's content - about almost four hours worth on Tuesday and almost two hours on Wednesday almost! I had so much fun. I heart my gym.

My pleasure came to a screeching half on Wednesday afternoon.

Thanks to a mean little kernel I accidentally chomped on last Friday at the movies, I cracked two teeth. That afternoon I managed to get to a dentist, who put a temporary crown on one, but set me up for an appointment this past Wednesday to put on the other crown.

Wednesday afternoon came and I sailed into the office, still high from my awesomeincrediblysuperwoohoo workout. The doctor broke the news that I needed *two* crowns instead of one, a filling and two wisdom teeth extractions (with a future appointment for a third and final wisdom extraction). I felt like a trooper, putting my complete faith in the drugs, and said "Go ahead, Doc! Give it all to me today, as planned."


By the end of the 3 hour appointment, I was drained and exhausted, not even able to comprehend the instructions I needed to follow to care for the extractions. (Except for the part where the Dr said absolutely NO working out for 24 hours and liquid diet for 48!) The pharmacist at CVS could barely understand me with my puffy cheeks as I got my Vicodin. Eating soup was difficult; due to the anesthetic at all four corners of my mouth, I was more *wearing* my soup instead of eating it. Bliss came finally when I was knocked out with Advil and Vicodin.

Thursday was atrocious. I skipped my scheduled run as per the Dr's instructions, but I was so torn up, I could barely make my day constructive without painkillers, which made me a little woozy. Not myself, the pain that came on got me to tear DH a new one over stupid silly stuff. Vicodin and me were BFFs.

I'm finally allowed to workout on Friday (today), but the last thing I want is to be bobbing on the treadmill with this pain, still! I feel hopeless, helpless... I consider bowing out of Sunday's race.

And so I sit here, a little bugged. I've never wanted to workout sooo bad! And this liquid diet: If I have to drink one more bottle of Ensure, I will go rabid. And my eyes... so puffy from all the crying I did since Wednesday afternoon.


Stay tuned.

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OSITA223 2/12/2009 4:06PM

    Hope you're feeling better! You're such a trooper for doing so much all at once! Take care and best wishes :)


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THATMARY 2/10/2009 9:59AM

    Don't go off the deep end- nooooo! Hope you're feeling better soon. emoticon

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KITRAE1 2/10/2009 8:46AM

    emoticon Feel better soon! We miss you emoticon (I can assure you there is no "ensure" in this bottle! LOL)

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MUIN64 2/10/2009 7:00AM

    Oh, geez, Annie. What a pain (literally!). Take care of yourself...

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    Sorry to hear about your troubles. Hope everything settles down soon. emoticon

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DAWNO64 2/9/2009 2:33PM

    Oh, my poor Annie!!! I hope it all settles down soon so you can get back to (ab)normal. Didn't you have another run scheduled? I hope you made it!!

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DRAGONFLY180 2/8/2009 6:24PM

    awww, i'm sorry you're feeling so terrible! it sounds awful. did you end up going today or just resting? i hope you feel better, whichever you chose.

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JMCAMJ1 2/8/2009 12:07AM

    my oh my! hope you are feeling better! emoticon

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    Omgoodness!!!! You seem to have the worst "luck"...first a sloth and now this!!! Take care of yourself and make sure you get lots of water!!! You'll want to flush those toxins out as soon as possible!!! Hugs!!! emoticon I lost your me if you need anything!!! Jackie!!!

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KARBIE18 2/7/2009 9:06AM

    Oh my! You poor thing! My heart goes out to you. Darn can't live with them, you can't live without them. Well, actually you can, but we won't go there.

Thanks for stopping by my page. Apparently it's my time to be sick. I did finally do a bootcamp video yesterday but that's about it for the last three days. I hope to do more than that today, but so far I've only managed to make coffee, and check my SP messages.

Take care of yourself. If you have to drop out of the race, no one will fault you. You've had a heck of a time.

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JESSICA0431 2/7/2009 8:37AM

    ...time for some divine intervention. My heart goes out to you!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Try some strength training that does not require moving head, like lying in bed anad doing leg lifts (not the same as a work out I know, but maybe it will help! emoticon
Know that we all are here for ya emoticon
Try music to relax emoticon

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LILHLFPINT 2/6/2009 10:57PM

    (oh no, i'm so sorry! this post made me nervous because i am obsessed with chewing on kernels.


i'm sorry you had a rough week but congratulations on the four hours of exercise on thursday. that's awesome - i don't think i've ever worked out for that long in my life. the only time i've gone for that long or longer is on my long runs.)

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ZSAZSAJANNY 2/6/2009 10:35PM

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! I hear you. I went in to have a root canal one time with the follow-up crown and I dumbly told the dentist I didn't need any painkillers! Argh! Now I know why they give them. I was running back there begging for them. To make it worse, I had told my DH I would accompany him on a business trip (for the fun of it?!?). Teeth! It sue is nice having them but they can sure cause us some pain. Hope your weekend settles down in the pain dept. Oh, and time does heal all pain.......eventually!

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