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The Best Nike Ad of All Time

Friday, August 03, 2012

A friend sent me a link to this one-minute Nike TV ad. It is quite possibly the most awesome ad I've ever seen from the company (and not just because the narrator sounds like my personal fav, Jude Law). If you've got an extra minute, I encourage you to watch.

In a world where people are fighting over chicken, this is a ray of light that will make you think about the greatness that lies within YOU. It's perfect for us here on Spark. I know you'll enjoy it like I did!

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LUPA28 8/9/2012 6:55PM

    Looks like it is narrated by Tom Hardy, who is equally yummy imo!



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WINACHST 8/9/2012 10:19AM

    That is a great ad. I read some of the comments and it is amazing at how many people see different thngs in that ad. What I see is we all have greatness inside of us - what are we going to do to bring it out.

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MISSLISA1973 8/9/2012 7:33AM

    One lousy little minute and I'm ready to cry. Dang, I've gotten soft.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/7/2012 3:13PM

    Great ad!! Thanks for sharing

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TISTEN23 8/6/2012 11:31PM

    Wow! Thats awesome! Too fit for a class!! Good for you!!!! Take it easy and have fun tomorrow!

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JANDAH 8/5/2012 11:14PM

    Thanks for posting this - I really loved it. What a great ad!

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SAFETYSUE 8/5/2012 10:20PM

    I have seen it an couldn't agree more! It is truly an inspiration!
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CUINPARADISE 8/5/2012 8:14PM

    LOVE it!

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PEACOCK15 8/5/2012 7:40PM

    Thanks for sharing, this ad will have such an impact!

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SHERYL_B 8/5/2012 12:52PM

    Great ad!

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HEALTHYOTTER 8/5/2012 12:13PM

    Not long ago, my fingers typed out the words: I can't relate to the women in Nike ads, especially when I'm working out. I totally related to this commercial. I hoped my kids related to this commercial, even as they're in great shape: the greatness in all of us, indeed. No matter where you are in fitness, in athleticism, in your body's ability, you have the greatness to challenge yourself in whatever way, to show yourself you can just do it.

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EMELEE82 8/5/2012 3:33AM

    LOVE this. thanks so much for sharing!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/4/2012 10:52PM

    that was awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/4/2012 6:02PM

    I LOVE this ad too, especially with the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country. It is very inspiring!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 8/4/2012 5:51PM

    Love it - so inspirational!
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DR8561 8/4/2012 3:25PM

    Great ad! It's so nice to see encouragement for those of us who are not in pro athlete condition.

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PIXIEMOM13 8/4/2012 1:16PM

    That is truly awesome!

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ANDYINBC 8/4/2012 12:46PM

    Great commercial but my favourite has to be the Nike ad, I Would Run to You.

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DRB13_1 8/4/2012 12:33PM

    I wouldn't say it the GREATEST Nike ad ever, but it does send a strong message and I think is able to walk that fine line where you see the strength and potential in the kid (and in each of us) rather than the stereotype. It's very hopeful.

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DWAN1969 8/4/2012 11:45AM

    LOVE!!!

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DANILYNNG 8/4/2012 10:21AM

    I tried, but I couldn't get the link to work... but I'm watching the Olympics (Serena is kicking the tar out of Sharapova!!) and the commercial just came on. Love it, love it, love it!! emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/4/2012 8:02AM

    YES! This is a great ad. I love it!

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SPARKL3 8/4/2012 7:32AM

    Thank you for posting it. I hadn't really seen the entire ad when it has aired on TV. I LOVE it!!! It is just the push I needed.

I'll admit....Lately, I've been too embarrassed to work out in the gym for fear of ridicule. Unspoken ridicule, for sure, but ridicule nonetheless. But seeing this kid go out running for a commercial that has been seen by millions of people inspires me to get out there and "Just Do It"!!!

I've been sparked!!! I'm going to find my greatness! emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/4/2012 1:28AM

    I LOVE that commercial!!! It gives me hope. I went for my walk tonight and lo and behold, I jogged a bit! If anyone would have asked me if I could jog, I would say no but I DID IT!!! It was only a few seconds but I DID IT!!!!


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EATVEGAN 8/4/2012 1:06AM

    emoticon I've shared on Facebook and Sparkmail. Wonderful ad. We all have it within us, just waiting for us to discover it and work. Because it doesn't fall on us.

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AUTUMNBRZ 8/3/2012 11:01PM

    ty! shared it :)

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JENNNY135 8/3/2012 10:58PM

    Very true, great message. Thanks for sharing.

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XMAS2012 8/3/2012 9:59PM

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I'll be sure to share that THANK YOU!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/3/2012 9:52PM

    You're right. Its a great ad.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/3/2012 9:37PM

    Love it! All of us are great! We just have to find the greatness in ourselves.

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KBRADFORD88 8/3/2012 8:45PM

    I don;t know if you read my blog, but at our Dr appointment I found out all but one of my kids has to lose weight. We are choosing to add activity because over all we eat pretty well. One has some issues but.. I love this and hope things have been going well for your daughter as well. I love this emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 8/3/2012 8:44PM

    Find YOUR Greatness!

that is fantastic!
thanks for sharing!

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CARMENB66 8/3/2012 8:36PM

    Thanks for sharing. I really love this!!!

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KALANTHA 8/3/2012 7:49PM

    I saw that there other night during the Olympics. It's GREAT!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/3/2012 7:37PM

    Love it! Thanks for posting.

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DATMAMA4 8/3/2012 6:41PM

    How absolutely cool. Thanks for sharing!

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PEGGYO 8/3/2012 6:28PM

    I couldn't get it to work but I'll try again later

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SNOWYOGA 8/3/2012 6:24PM

    Well LDRICHEL, It's nice to see that you don't lie, emoticon just kidding. You were right it is good! Two thumbs up NIKE! emoticonAnd to that young boy emoticon emoticon

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/3/2012 5:39PM

    Wow, that is fantastic...Truly moving. Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

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OFFICIALOLDY 8/3/2012 5:32PM

    Great blog. Great ad. I'm on my way to the gym. I'm not skipping today.

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MIGURLINNC 8/3/2012 5:31PM

    Yay, Nike! Greatness comes in all shapes and sizes. Love this.

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/3/2012 5:26PM

    Great commercial!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/3/2012 5:23PM

    that was nice, thank you

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SHERYLDS 8/3/2012 5:07PM

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LNELSON56 8/3/2012 4:36PM

    Awesome!!

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KNITTYKITTY01 8/3/2012 4:22PM

    Loved that ad! Very inspirational

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/3/2012 4:19PM

    Thanks for sharing that, I hadn't seen the ad before. Finding a forum on Active.com for people who were 200+ pounds and learning to run is what gave me the courage to try running before I'd lost a lot of weight; I hope this does the same for many others.

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TAYGRL 8/3/2012 4:17PM

    that WAS a great ad!

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LEIGHWOMAN 8/3/2012 4:08PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing that!

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CINDHOLM 8/3/2012 4:02PM

    Thanx for sharing!!

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Deal or No Deal?

Thursday, August 02, 2012



I was SO scared walking into that ortho office today. I mean, I really got myself all worked up. They brought me back to the doc's office and I waited and waited. The longer I sat there in that silent room, the more my imagination went wild and my stomach had a huge knot in it.

Finally, Dr. Reeves came in and sat down and said he had the results of the MRI. I was half closing my eyes, half looking at him...just waiting for the fateful words. These words would decide so much of my near future...and I wasn't sure I wanted to hear them.

The next few minutes felt like that game show "Deal or No Deal". It was like Dr. Reeves was Howie Mandel and I had just selected Case #6 (because that's my number).

Howie: Open up that case, Svetlana!

*Svetlana opens case (while craftily displaying cleavage)*

Howie: Ohhhh!!! September 8th Bloomingfoods 5k.

*Groan from the audience. And from me.*

Howie: So, the September 8th 5k is off the table. Wait...the Banker is calling with a deal for you.

*Silence in the Audience*

Howie: OK, here is what the Banker is willing to give you if you will agree right now...

NO OCD (chipped cartilege injury)
Bruised bone
4 weeks in a walking boot
Non-weight bearing course of treatment
*Audience is booing and shouting, 'No deal! No deal!'*
Water Treadmill and Pool Therapy
Return to Running Program with physical therapist
*Some audience members get excited and start to cheer*
And the final piece of the Banker's offer...October Half Marathon as planned
DEAL? OR NO DEAL?????

Contestant (aka me): Well, let's see here. This is a major decision. I mean, this is going to be a HUGE investment of time at the P/T office and in the pool and let's not even THINK about the cost of this treatment. Am I truly an athlete??? Or am I just a gentle jogger? I probably should decide this before I begin any multi-thousand dollar course of treatment. Am I really serious about this sport? Am I a runner...or a jogger?

Howie: You have 30 seconds to decide. DEAL OR NO DEAL?

Well...come on now...are you really on the edge of your seat? If you are, then you don't know me very well, do ya?

Of course I TOOK that deal!!!

Doc said, "Ok...I gave you the best possible course of treatment. Now it's up to you to do the hard work for the half marathon."

Trying not to think about how much work it's actually going to be...but I am pretty excited about one thing...I won't have to buy new shoes for at least a month!

P.S. A serious word on the bruised bone - this all happened because of my excessive weight. My talus bone in my ankle simply could not handle the force of my fibia constantly pounding it. I also have mild osteoarthritis in my ankle, which contributed to this apparently. This is definitely a wake-up call for me about my weight...although I have done a great job so far and lost weight using running as my primary method of calorie burn, I have got to get more strict with my diet and make sure I use my pool time to the max. I've been struggling the past couple of days to eat right. I don't know why it's been so hard for me...but I have GOT to do this. I NEED to get some weight off before October. This is going to take some serious mental toughness. Quite honestly, I am nervous and scared and doubting myself at times. This is the time to switch into athlete mode. If I say I'm going to train as an athlete, I need to begin to walk that walk and not just talk the talk. It's going to be hard.

  
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CAROL494 8/6/2012 9:17PM

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IOWADEB 8/6/2012 7:27PM

    You can do it!! emoticon

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SAFETYSUE 8/5/2012 10:07PM

    I say: "You can do this, just believe in yourself and look in the mirror and tell yourself, I can do this!". I was a volunteer firefighter for ten years and a Captain, Fire Service Training Instructor, the District safety officer, driver training instructor, Recruit School Coordinator, and served on the WA State Fire Chiefs Safety Committee. I had it all, I worked out to the Firm Workout every weekday morning and ran five miles or more every night. I was a 4-H leader for twenty years and showed paint horses in dressage and jumping.

There was one thing I wanted but was afraid to go for it! I wanted to take the tests to become a career firefighter with Richland WA. Three years in a row I chickened out and didn't go, they only hold it once a year.

New year, my Firm Workouts, protein shakes twice a day with a well balanced dinner, and running in the evening put me in the best shape of my life! On a Friday one of the guys from Richland asked me if I was coming in Monday to take the test? He said to come by his station Satuday and he would let me practice the physical agility test. No woman had ever passed. I took him up on his offer and it went well so I showed up on Monday, took that test with about 200 others. I passed with flying colors and was to be hired in March of 1992. I was screaming in my car after I left, I did it! It was the best feeling of my life!

Unfortunately fate had other plans. In December, 18th just before Christmas I fell from a fire engine on the job! It was a meeting night and truck maintenance checks were being done. I was asked to check out some canvas straps ontop the fire engine that weren't hooked on one side and a hazard of flying off and hitting an innocent car following behind the vehicle. I climbed up to take a look and they weren't long enough to go all the way across the top! I was trying to lengthen them and it popped of the other side when I had all my weight on it! I flew off the engine backwards and landed on the tire chains that had just been taken off the tires. I was paralyzed instantly and in excruciating pain. I hit my head on the tire chains and had gaping wounds almost from ear to ear, but I didn't know this for ten days when the nurses at Harbor View Trauma Center in Seattle where I was airlifted to a couple days after multiple test at my home town hospital!

I was there for four months learning to live a new life paralyzed from the chest down. A four hour drive over Mountain passes that my hubby and two daughters had to drive over every weekend, I worried about them the entire four hours until they walked safely into my room! No cell phones then, I would have been saved a lot of tears if we had cell phones! I finally got to go home and be there for my girls and sleep with my husband next to me and his arm around me! I knew with his support I could do this!

Ok my point in sharing this with you is to encourage you to do the work, love every step and every muscle working to make you stronger. Listen to your body and know when the pain is to much and allow recovery and rehab as you face now. When they give you the go ahead, train to do this because it is something you yearn to do. Take care of your body, mind, and soul! Love each day and each accomplishment and Thai God each day for the amazing body you have been given and the wisdom to use it wisely and care for it lovingly.

You can do this and I will be cheering you on, praying you will have that success that has you so proud of yourself you will be screaming at the top of your voice...."I did it!!"

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CDRFLORES 8/5/2012 9:26PM

    Difficult perhaps but still a great deal! I pushed to hard a few weeks back on a simple walk while beginning an exercise routine with a 400+ lb body. In my mind, I'm still 21. In reality, I'm 43. I don't want to know what my weight translates my "true" physical age to. Luckily, it was only a hyper extended knee that has little pain now after 2 months of little to no exercise and I'm nursing it back for strength. I've been very angry that I was "ready to do this" and got shot down trying.

LONG story short, this is the first of probably more injuries during this journey. Your blog post helps me remember that setbacks are a part of it and I need to just keep going anyway. Thanks for your inspiration.

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NITELITE72 8/5/2012 12:29PM

    There is no doubt in my mind that you can achieve whatever you set out to achieve!!! I needed to read this today...I have to walk the walk EVERYDAY! Thank you!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 8/5/2012 12:08PM

    I'm so proud of you! For facing your fear, for moving forward despite all the nervousness and doubt. Such a core of strength inside you, physically, mentally and emotionally!. Big sigh of relief that your cartilage is intact. Heal, bone, heal! Also glad you've got a great physical therapist to coach and cheer you on. No matter what happens with the training, with the race, you've crossed a finish line simply facing this challenge down and grinding it under your booted heel. God speed with recovery!

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LAINGMOM 8/4/2012 11:31PM

    You can do this. And even if for some reason you don't heal enough for the 1/2 marathon in October, you will know that your heart is the heart of a runner and you will find one in November to do instead. Because the goal is to get back to running, no matter what it takes.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 8/4/2012 10:32PM

    You can absolutely do this! You CAN. Don't ever think you can't. You are positive and you can get through this. Keep up the great work!

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MANILUS 8/4/2012 9:46PM

    You got this! You were running, now you will do pool work, you are SO capable! Believe and act!

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DONNA5281 8/4/2012 8:26PM

 
I loved reading your blog!! I believe that you will do fine when it comes time to do the race!


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YAYAZEN 8/4/2012 8:23PM

    No surgery? I am so jealous! lol Well, that is definitely some awesome news. You're going to be absolutely fine. Swimming is such an awesome way to burn a lot of calories & will help you a lot. Stay strong sweetie & good luck on your recovery & a better you!



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WILDFLOWER521 8/4/2012 6:04PM

    Even though you still have a bruised bone, I'm truly glad for you that it is nothing more serious and that it was found now instead of later when the damage would have inevitably been worse.

And as for your upcoming plan of action: YOU GOT THIS!!!
Yes, you doubt yourself, but who doesn't. We are entitled to prove ourselves wrong as much as possible and more.

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And do not forget to remind yourself everyday that YOU ARE WORTH IT

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MARYJEANSL 8/4/2012 5:17PM

  It will be hard - you are absolutely right. But it will also be worth it. And think how great it will be when you look back at all the hard work and see how you succeeded. Go for it!!

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PATTOMMC3 8/4/2012 5:00PM

    I have faith in you....you can do this!

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DR8561 8/4/2012 3:08PM

    I'm glad you got good news (no surgery!). You have the strength to do this - you've come so far already! Feelings aren't the most reliable gauge - they're affected by too many things. You'll find your focus and once you're in the groove, you'll be unstoppable! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHIRE33 8/4/2012 2:43PM

    I have 15 or so pounds to go. I'm really committed to getting to that point now. I have been doing this for 15 months and I'm ready to hit my goal. This past week, I keep asking myself the same question: "Do you want to eat X or do you want to hit your goal?" I want the goal. I really do.

I know that you really want this half-marathon. Just ask yourself that question every time. Doesn't mean you'll always choose the weight loss answer, but I bet you do a lot. I bet you do more and more and more. It's a process. If you have one misstep, then ask the question again the next time. And the next time.

I am going to be reading your blog in October. I'm going to be at goal weight and reading about YOUR half-marathon!!


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YOGAGIRL289 8/4/2012 11:05AM

  I am a new-ish reader (about a month or so) and I have really been enjoying your blog. I am happy to learn that you will only be off your foot for a month while your ankle heals and love the way you have incorporated ST while enjoying the Olympics and are embracing alternate exercises for the time you will be "off your foot."

"This is going to take some serious mental toughness. Quite honestly, I am nervous and scared and doubting myself at times."

This is the quote that really spoke to me from today's post. My biggest challenge is the "mental toughness" - my body wants to run, it loves the feeling of being strong and active, but it is my head and all my insecurities that doubt my ability or try to sabotage my consistency. I always just thought that I couldn't do it. (All that negative self-talk - "I'm not an athlete." "I'm not strong/capable/tough/talented... like _______________." - Things that I would never in a million years say to someone else that I have repeated over and over again to myself.) I too am nervous and scared and have those feelings of doubt. I will think of what you have said while I ride my bike on the trainer today and do my long-run tomorrow. Thank you!

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FATBASTICH 8/4/2012 10:48AM

    Hang in there and keep it up! Injuries are so very difficult to work through, especially when you add excessive weight to the mix. But it sounds like you've got a great attitude (which goes a long way) and a good plan. Good luck!

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LAURIE5658 8/4/2012 9:56AM

    You CAN do this if YOU want it to. The ball is in YOUR court. Just do it!!!

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ARDISSA 8/4/2012 9:25AM

    I love your blogs, you are a good writer and have a great sense of humor. Keep up the good work, and keep writing!
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KIPPER15 8/4/2012 8:16AM

    emoticonFollow the program and you could come back even stronger.

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THEIS58 8/4/2012 5:35AM

    You can do it! A great opportunity to balance calorie intake, good nutrition, and exercise. You inspire!

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FUZZYBEEZ 8/4/2012 4:00AM

    You can do it! Focus on the weightloss while rehabing that ankle. Then when you get to run again you will be better than ever.

Btw you are probably struggling with eating right now cause of the emotional aspect....you were on the wait and see rollercoaster.....where you wait for the results and do nothing but worry about the out come. I'm in that spot now. Ughh....waiting on the call with the appointment date and time for me to see the neurosurgeon.....it's murder I tell ya. And I gotta keep an eye on the emotional eating through this.

Good luck and I'm glad you don't need surgery or anything more serious.

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WANNABFIT34 8/4/2012 12:59AM

    Do the therapy, bike, swim whatever you have to do to get back,people can come back stronger from injuries. This could be a good time to focus on the weight loss I lose weight better when I am not training. Focus on that while you do the rehab.

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NEWMOM20121 8/3/2012 9:19PM

    So much information here. Sorry you had to make this decision, but happy because it could have been worse. Understand about not being able to jog.

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KBRADFORD88 8/3/2012 8:49PM

    I know what you mean about injury. I know that living in a new location with new hills has to be part of my shin trouble, but who am I kidding...it;s my weight. My body-neck, legs, etc.. did not hurt like they do now because I did not have all the extra poundage. We can do this for our health. emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/3/2012 7:40PM

    You can do this Leah! I know you can! And I'll be here to cheer you on! You're already doing such a great job! I'm so proud of you! If I could crawl through this computer to get through your computer to you, I'd give you a great big hug! You're my inspiration. A very successful young woman whom I admire! You have determination and motivation. You are a great success!

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JOYCECAIN 8/3/2012 4:02PM

    Quit doubting yourself. I will be with you. What is a half marathon? What time is it and where? I need to know. While you are preparing for your run, I will try harder to do on my walking, and at the time you are running, I will walk at the same time. How long does it take for you to do your half marathon with 2 good legs? I will be with you. Let me know. At least in Spirit.

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SNOWYOGA 8/3/2012 3:13PM

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LINNBEAR 8/3/2012 1:25PM

    I know of a lady who lost weight and ate ice cream every night. Did I mention she was also in a wheel chair. You can do this! Find a healthy life balance and weight loss balance!


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TYANDCARSMOM 8/3/2012 9:56AM

    That's awesome news!!! So happy for you!!! Speedy recovery!!

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REGILIEH 8/3/2012 8:37AM

    You will do it! You won't let yourself down. Remember, it could have been MUCH worse!

I loved your Let's Make A Deal! You made a Great deal! Now go for it!!!!

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CASPIAN3 8/3/2012 6:28AM

  I am so happy for you. You have the opportunity to continue doing what you love to do. As for the steps to get there.... well everything has a price ... and you will be healthier and happier. As they say, it is for your own good and this truly is. I do realize it is not easy but I honestly believe you will do your very best.

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123ELAINE456 8/3/2012 5:43AM

  Glad you found out what is wrong with the ankle from the Doctor. Now you know what action plan you need to take. You Can Do It!!! You have over two months before the Race. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care and Stay Cool. You are doing Good.

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ON2VICTORY 8/3/2012 5:25AM

    Oh boy, I sure hear ya! Running is my primary mode of calorie burn and I get a constant pounding. Just got my new race bike yesterday and got an EPIC calorie burn....equal to running. No BS. On my mountain bike on the indoor trainer, I could only get about maybe 120 bpm at max in a sitting position...race bike... 120 was average. The gearing was different and the aero position used a whole new set of muscles that have not seen the light of day...I am eyeing the ibuprofen as we speak...

35 min was 550 cal per hrm. Equavalent to my 5k calorie burn. :)

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4RASCALS 8/3/2012 5:19AM

    You will overcome this obstacle. You are a WINNER!! There is no doubt in my mind that you will be succeed in anything you set your to mind.

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NDKARIKARI 8/3/2012 5:10AM

    great news all around! you've done a fantastic job with your weight loss so far, so you are right, the next step is developing the mental toughness to be strict with your eating. I completely understand because this is my biggest weakness and downfall as well. I will be working for the next couple of months on this, so you definitely have an "eating right" buddy ;) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EATVEGAN 8/3/2012 3:23AM

    You say you don't know why you've been overeating. Do you think it could possibly be the tension of not knowing what to expect from the doctor? Hmmm?
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STESSEDOUT27 8/3/2012 3:22AM

    That is great news Hon!!! Pool therapy rocks!!! If you think you are burning calories YOU just wait!!! They have some awesome devises to make that therapy pay off even better than they used to! Make sure you tell them your goals and they will make sure you get the maximum workouts for you to heal. Jogging and running in the water is so theraputic! and the good news is that you will actually burn more calories doing it in the water due to the resistance of the water so once you are cleared to run/jog again it will feel like a breeze comp[ared to the resistance you incontered in the pool.

Plus you can do a full routine of stretching, strength training plus your cardio! I just completed my PT and am going to do independant training while the trainers are still there and will continue to srengthen on my own and at my own pace. They know that I belong to Sparkpeople so they did interval training as well to really kick my butt! Thanks to the warm water and the salt pool I wasn't sore afterwards like I would have been had I done the same on land. I have lost so many inches by toning in the water! However the only bad thing is that it really makes you hungry!!!! And thirsty so drink lots of water afterwards! and Have a great time at the pool!

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    Great news from the doc, so make sure you listen to your ankle and take it easy. Please don't take this the wrong way but it won't be the end of the world if you decide not to do the HM in Oct. I would rather have you totally healed, than get reinjured on the run. But hey what do I know, I have total faith in you and you still have two months before the big event. Use this as the motivation to achieve your goals be that in Oct or another time.

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    emoticon it may not be what you planned, but you'll reach your goal! Good news from the doc.

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STEADFASTNSEE 8/3/2012 12:39AM

  Take it from someone who has been disabled all her life: PT means two things; Physical Therapy OR Personal Training and you can look at them to mean the same thing to you. As a means to a goal. As to getting stricter about your diet; hey you got two months. Starting now you'll be in great shape! HUGS!!

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    Sounds like things will work out for you after all...

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    Glad that you know what is going on now, and have a plan of action.

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    Hilarious - but ow! Good luck with your PT and training.

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 8/2/2012 10:52PM

    Well, it seems like that while a bruised bone is there, surety isn't needed, so that's super awesome. I am really disliking being sidelined, surgery isn't fun at all... We're both lucky because, no matter what, we've got amazing cheering squads and nurses on our sides... Right? :) we've got this, well beat this!

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    Tough spot to be on but you are one tough lady! Hang in there - you can do it!

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My Adopted Son

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

So I've got this awesome son. But he's not actually my son. He's in college here in Bloomington. P.S. I am NOT old enough to have a kid in college, thankyouverymuch!

This young man is named Kaleem and he is the sweetest, most driven young man I've met in a long time. He just joined SparkPeople last night (KRMCGILL1). He already has 3 blogs. Talk about my little protege! Haha.

Here is a bit of his story (hilarious blog title, btw):

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Please go add my buddy and give him all the wonderful support you have given me!

  
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  Awesome. I have check him out and added him to my friend list to. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Looking forward to his blogs too.

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    How wonderful for both of you! The virtual spark friendships are great, but having someone in real life to offer support and all is even better! Good for y'all!

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    I'll check him out. Nice that you're taking an interest.
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    I'm on it!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/31/2012 7:28PM

    I will check him out, for sure! Very nice to get us all on to him - he will have some extra support... You just sparked me!!

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    I am going to have to go check them out!

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    Awww how sweet. I will go check out his blogs now!

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    I'm looking forward to his blogs too!

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    Keep spreading the Spark! Now I have 2 interesting bloggers to check in on!

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    Thanks for letting us know about him!

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    Will check it out, thanks!

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Injury = MORE Working Out???

Monday, July 30, 2012

OK, first things first...yesterday I did the Olympic Workout, Day 2. I actually stayed up for the entire prime time broadcast last night and ended up getting a total of 50 minutes of strength training in. Here's the breakdown of what I did between 8pm and 11pm:

60 seconds high knees
30 tricep dips
45 supermans
20 mountain climbers
50 squats
30 bicep curls
20 reverse crunches
10 push-ups
3 (yes, THREE) 60-second planks (UGGGHHH!!!)
45 second wall sit
30 seconds of punches
10 bridges

I was pretty beat by 11pm. In fact, I snored all night because I slept so heavily (my husband had to keep shaking me awake). HAHA!

This morning you KNOW I was feeling it! I had to get up early, though, and head to physical therapy.

This therapy session was specifically for my posterior tibial tendon, which my ortho says is too weak to support my running. I met with my good old Physical Therapist, Tom (who taught me how to walk for the second time after my awful accident two years ago).

Honestly, I had considered skipping this appointment today because I thought, "Surely, there is nothing Tom can do for me until the MRI comes back Thursday. This will be a waste of time."

SO glad I went. Tom is just BRILLIANT, folks! He taught me more about my body and running in 20 minutes than I've learned in the past few weeks as I've devoured over 40 issues of Runner's World Magazine!

I was really touched at how very excited he was to hear about my running and my weight loss. He was genuinely proud of me and he told everyone else in the office how well I was doing and reminded them of my accident two years ago. It was very sweet. And it made me feel pretty great. He also helped me to understand how my body absorbs the shock of my extra weight when I run. And, I can't believe I never thought about this...but, as I have an extra 80 lbs or so on a normal runner, I am obviously going to break down running shoes faster. He suggested I purchase a new pair, with guidance from the experts at the running store. I could have been offended, but honestly...it was like, "DUH!!! Of COURSE my extra weight is going to affect my shoes more." Just this one piece of information was SO HELPFUL!

Then, he showed me how my right ankle does not have the range of motion that it needs to run correctly. I was, frankly, shocked. I hadn't realized there was so vast a difference between the work my left and right ankles were doing during a long run. Wow.

He showed me two stretching exercises that will help me gain more motion in my right ankle and will make my tendon and smaller muscles stronger so I can run with less pain.

Oh man...I could have kicked myself, you guys! Why? Because my wonderful trainer (ON2VICTORY) has been telling me to do these exact stretches for MONTHS now! And I didn't listen to him!!! Geez!

I got the all clear from Tom to do any exercise except running (or anything that involves my foot pounding on the ground) and I am scheduled to go back a few times for follow-up and functional strengthening. As he walked me to the check-out desk, we passed my ortho and Tom said to him, "I think we're gonna win this one!" I can't even tell you how encouraging that was to hear!!! I could have cried!

So, now I have the MRI on Wednesday and will meet with Dr. Reeves on Thursday to discuss the findings from that.

But that's not all!!! I immediately left that office and went to the gym and cranked out 30 mins on the elliptical (harder on my quads than I remember...good workout) and 30 minutes on the stationary recumbant bike (now THAT was a killer workout!) Burned about 300 calories and felt wonderful getting a good sweat going. Not the SAME as running, obviously...but it was nice to be able to DO something.

I'll be doing the Olympic Workout again tonight. I am in much better spirits now and I am a little in awe of the fact that I am now doing MUCH MORE exercise now that I'm injured than I was doing before...when I was running 20 miles per week. I'm pretty sure I'm going to mark that as a success!!!

  
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JIBBIE49 8/3/2012 5:50PM

    Keep going. Great to see you featurted again in the Spark Mail. You're a STAR.

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    WOW THATS ALOT.

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MARYJEANSL 8/3/2012 12:14AM

  So glad to hear such positive things from your therapist! Hang in there - you are doing so well!

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    So Excited that you have a doc with a person interest. So many just give you drugs and pass you on. Great to have one that cares about you........You will get there.

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MARIANNELK 8/2/2012 10:30PM

    Glad that Tom was so very helpful in your recovery & running problems. I know you will be stronger than ever when you are cleared to run again! Good Luck. I'm certainly rooting for you! emoticon

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    Ha! I said to use this time to work on other types of exercise. You are and loving it and being successful.
I KNEW you could do it when you set your mind to it. Just have to remember this when you get back to your running. I know (heard) there is nothing like it but- a well-rounded fitness plan is the best.

Also Glad to to that he was so knowledgeable and able to explain how everything works. Now I want to know.

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    So happy you have a good provider and hope! Great job doing what you can do for fitness and I hope you can get back to your passion as soon as your body is healed!!!

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TMOORE073 8/2/2012 11:29AM

    Hi!
I am so happy that you didn't cancel your appointment. Look at all the good information you got and all the good news! I have been thinking about you everyday & hoping everything is going good for you. I am really excited that you are still able to workout hard but you just have to change it up a bit. Sometimes change is a good thing. As I know from starting swimming. It does give our bodies a break to do something different physically & mentally. I hope all goes well tomorrow with your MRI. Will be praying for ya. There is hope. I started running again this week. You know about my sore knee. I have taken it very slow but been running know for 3 days straight! Woo Hoo! Still keep it wrapped up thou. Please keep me updated on how everything goes ok? God Bless!


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DEBK0923 8/2/2012 11:03AM

    great blog

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 8/2/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks for sharing your story , I was in a accident a little over a year now and can't workout at all till released from the doctors and just eating is so hard for weight loss only. Thanks for sharing it gives me hope !
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GINA180847 8/2/2012 10:47AM

    Sure glad you are feeling able and that you are getting the help you need.

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PENNYPACKER3 8/2/2012 9:52AM

    whew what a work out!

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LAURIE5658 8/2/2012 9:33AM

    Keep going girl!!!

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    I was getting tired just reading the blog. emoticon
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WILMA42 8/2/2012 7:42AM

    WOW - I am so glad I found your post - just had an MRI for a runnng aggrivated injury and am finally getting the OK to be be back at the gym today for the same sort of routine you described -- hope things continue to go well -- I am learning that its when I hit the "bumps" and have to move out of my comfort that I am challenged to grow -- wish I had the foresight to realize that 4 weeks ago when the running was put on hold but better late then never

Happy Days to you :)

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PENOWOK 8/2/2012 7:41AM

    What fabulous news!! And you have a wonderful PT to really help and support what you are doing! Good for you for listening!

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LRSILVER 8/2/2012 6:58AM

    It is a tribute to you that you are modifying things so that this injury does not stop you from moving forward. Kudos!!

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SSHIRLCAL 8/1/2012 11:11PM

    Awesome love bring hard

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    Great news! Keep up the awesome work!

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SJKENT1 8/1/2012 9:20PM

    shouting out YEAH!!! and hallelujah!!!

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LYNNIERN 8/1/2012 8:56PM

    Great Blog, Tom sounds like an awesome guy to have in your corner. Hope everything goes well with the MRI.
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ANGRITTER 8/1/2012 7:54PM

    I can only tell you that I came across your blog by just going to the blog pages and was going to try to cheer someone up or even cheer them on. Am so glad I read your blog because it made me cry. You see, I had an ortho appt today as well, but for a broken fibula and severely sprained ankle. My appt was a vast difference from yours. I blogged about it but am not going to go into the details on your page, but I wanted to let you know that I am so happy that Tom was so wonderful to you. Wish anyone I had met today was as nice as Tom. Actually, there was one lady who showed us which way to go to find the doctor. She was sweet. That was the last pleasant experience I had today in the 6 hours I was away from home. I didn't smile until I came home to my dogs.

Count your blessings and best wishes on a speedy recovery. You'll be running soon yet!

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    Thank you so much for this blog! Very interesting!

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SHIRE33 8/1/2012 6:04PM

    So great to hear! Some would just use injury as an excuse to give up. Not you! Very inspiring. : )



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The Olympic Workout

Sunday, July 29, 2012



OK, did you guys see the Olympics Game on the Daily Spark? If not, here is a link:

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I saw it and, being a self-proclaimed Olympic addict, decided, "THIS is for me!"

I made a quick decision to only follow the game during Primetime coverage, because if I do it the entire time I watch the Olympics (all day and night), I will be immobile by Day 3. Haha. I also had to alter a few of the exercises for my ankle injury.

The best part, though, was that my kids joined in the fun, so the whole family got a great workout as we watched the Olympics! I can't imagine how strong we will be after two weeks if we keep this up! And we intend to!

Last night, I did:

10 push-ups
30 sec downward facing dog
30 sec jogging in place
30 single leg hops
10 tricep dips
45 Supermans
10 bridges
20 mountain climbers
20 bicycle crunches

And...I went to bed early. So, that was between 8pm and 10pm. HA!

Anyone want to join me? It really is fun!

  
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    I wouldn't be surprised with the attitude you have that you'd be more fit with this new injury than you would have been without. It seems like you're spitting in its eye. emoticon
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JAXMOMMY 7/30/2012 11:38PM

    Thanks for the link. I noticed the title and never got back to it. Haven't been watching, but this will get me watching and exercising!

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CICELY360 7/30/2012 11:34PM

  I saw the blog. I walk on my treadmill during early morning tennis.

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/30/2012 11:21PM

    OMG, I love this, thank you so much for sharing!!!

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KIPPER15 7/30/2012 6:55PM

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    It DOES sound like you had a lot of fun!! Are you doing it for the entire Olympics? All I can add is:
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MARYJEANSL 7/30/2012 2:57PM

  Sounds like a great way to enjoy the Olympics.

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LYNSEY723 7/30/2012 2:55PM

    I saw this and totally want to try it!! We have been recording all of the Olympics that our DVR can handle. Way to go! Keep up the great work!

PS... I hope all goes well at your appointment on Wed!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/30/2012 12:26PM

    Awesome!! Might have to try that!

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DEBK0923 7/30/2012 11:47AM

    good job, keep it up

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/30/2012 11:23AM

    I read the blog as well. This is a way to make a workout feel more like a game. Good job for putting it into action.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/30/2012 10:20AM

    Good for you! Can't wait to hear tomorrow's tally!

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    Work it, girl!

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LELERS 7/30/2012 9:45AM

    That's so cool! No, I hadn't seen that posting, so thanks for sharing it with us! I can't wait to watch some more Olympics!

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JENNAAW 7/30/2012 9:42AM

    I can't do most of those exercises, but that is awesome, keep it up!

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NEWMOM20121 7/30/2012 9:33AM

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DJSHIP46 7/30/2012 9:16AM

    What a great idea:) My shoulder won't let me do dips and exercise in the evening keeps me from sleeping... But I'll be with you in spirit :)

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FARIS71 7/30/2012 9:05AM

    I will for sure have to check it out!

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MIMIDOT 7/30/2012 8:44AM

    Good for you! Keep it up! I don't know what half of those exercises are. Guess I should look them up.

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NANA2ANGELS 7/30/2012 8:44AM

    Great

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123ELAINE456 7/30/2012 7:02AM

  Awesome!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Keep It Up!!!

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/30/2012 7:00AM

    way to go. and the kids with you is incredible.

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SASSYLJB 7/30/2012 6:31AM

    Our family has only watch a total of 30 mins of the olympics. Our TV was on very little this weekend!

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