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Friday, August 13, 2010

What a day! School rocked almost. It was Friday today and I got the dust off of my golf clubs and spent 4 glorious hours with a good friend!

So, I had to adjust the way I swing a club a little bit BUT....I knocked the snot out of the balls, I am still walking and I was signed up for a golf tournament! I am sore but I believe that I am going to survive!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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PAMAPPLE 8/15/2010 10:48PM

    Thank goodness for fun and relaxing weekends to work off the stress of a work week!

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DRPOOH63 8/15/2010 1:59PM

    Sounds amazing! Enjoy the tournament! Have fun and continue to knock the snot out of the ball!

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TRIXEL 8/15/2010 11:24AM

    Fantastic! :)

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CZARINA_TV 8/14/2010 8:30PM

    Sounds like fun!

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LINDAKAY228 8/14/2010 11:53AM

    So glad you found out you've still got it!!!

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LUCYSRAIN 8/14/2010 11:19AM

    What a Great day!

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/14/2010 11:01AM

    WAy to rock it!!!

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GOHUSKERS2 8/14/2010 10:52AM

    Glad to hear that you're hitting the snot out of the golf balls. Way to go!!!!!

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SOCKITTOME 8/14/2010 8:37AM

    YAY!!! Glad to hear the knees are holding up. The sky is the limit for you!

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WEIGHTLOSS4GOOD 8/14/2010 8:03AM

    Sounds like an absolutely fantastic day!

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MPALMER15 8/14/2010 12:19AM

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That is fantastic! I am so happy for you. Congratulations!

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DEVORA4 8/13/2010 11:58PM

  good for you

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My Weekly Plan

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Since school has started my exercise plan has drastically changed. I no longer have leisure time in the morning to plan when and what I want to do. Here is my plan for the rest of this month:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 4am gym- core, run three miles, lift upper body, 4pm ride stationary bike, yoga and pilates

Tuesday and Thursdays: 4am gym-core and lower body stair stepper and ski machine, 4pm cycling intervals..short and fast, swimming at 6 pm for two hours

Saturday: long bike ride---at least thirty miles and long swim---at least two hours.

Sunday: golf or laundry, sleep, eat, whatever. Might even mt. bike and take pups for a walk.

What does your week look like?

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HOPERISING 8/16/2010 12:30PM

    4am in the gym? oh my...

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CAROJONES 8/15/2010 2:55PM

    Wow!! -- mine is not nearly that ambitious, but I am revising my thinking.

You have inspired me -- so I'll keep at it so that I can get my strength training in!


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JUST_TRI_IT 8/14/2010 11:03AM

    I am exhausted after reading that plan!!! WOW you are organized :) I'd be hugging your coat tails if I were anywhere close by!!

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LINDAKAY228 8/13/2010 4:20PM

    My week doesn't look half as committed as yours does!! I need to step it up.

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REGMAGLYPTS 8/13/2010 2:03PM

    WHOAH! You are an inspiration!

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LUCYSRAIN 8/13/2010 11:52AM

    I am impressed!

If I do half of that I will be doing good, you are Amazing...

Makes me think if she can do it I can do it...thanks for the inspiration!!!

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NUTRIGIRL08 8/13/2010 11:11AM

    Not as intense as yours. After Sunday's race comes a new schedule!

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GOHUSKERS2 8/13/2010 5:30AM

    Welllllll, uuummmm, yaaa, like I was going to fall out of the bed in the morning...does that count?

I was wore out by the time I got to the long bike ride on Saturdays. I honestly don't know how you can do that. My 110 pounds may have to come off surgically!

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MPALMER15 8/12/2010 11:29PM

    Yikes! I feel like a slug after reading your schedule, lol. You are truly an athlete!

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SOCKITTOME 8/12/2010 10:52PM

    My week doesn't look anywhere as busy as yours. LOL! emoticon

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Some Trepidation...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I have been asked to go golfing this Friday. I gladly accepted the invitation (Sunday) and now I am beginning to wonder if it is the right thing to do. I would enjoy the company and I have not played in four years. What, four years? Yes, four years and I have a good reason..or is it a good excuse?

I was a golf coach for four years and I even got invited to play in a LPGA qualifier, but I had torn up and ankle about two months prior to the invitation and since I had just had surgery I couldn't go play. I am not new to the game of golf and I love it, I am competitive and I have not lost a long drive competition. So are you asking...what is the problem?

I have not golfed since I had my knees rebuilt and I am chicken (deep inside) to go try. There, I said it! I am so frustrated with not being able to run that I am not sure I can deal with finding out that I might not be able to golf either. For you golfers out there, you know that the lower legs turn with feet firmly planted and this causes a twisting motion on the knees after the weight shift on the follow through.

I have also been asked to play for the Silver City Daily Press in a major upcoming tournament. I have not given them an answer yet because I have not tried to golf yet and I am afraid and so...I think this is a vicious circle. (There is a very nice article about me..paragraph actually) that is in the paper tonight and can be viewed there on the internet if one so desires, just add a dot com.

The lady that asked me to play golf with her is a very close friend of mine. I know she will be totally supportive of me if I play and totally understanding if I don't.
I also know she would be there for me if I find I am unable to golf and therefore she will keep pestering me to go and try.

I am so afraid...and that is NOT easy for me to admit! So, I am going to go sleep on it. I will try not to worry about it tomorrow and I will try to just go with the flow. Hopefully the river will not be running uphill!

Keep on Keeping on!

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NAPITOVSFAME 8/13/2010 11:01PM

    give it a try (golf) when nobody is looking. You might surprise yourself

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MPALMER15 8/12/2010 11:51AM

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LAGREBE 8/12/2010 4:47AM

    If you don't go you will not be able to find out.
If you go and you cannot do it, you at least know and the truth will set you free.
But how about: If you go and.... !!
When I am afraid I always remind myself: Fear is rarely a good counselor...
Good luck! [I know you will go. It takes guts to admit that we are afraid..!]

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SOCKITTOME 8/12/2010 12:09AM

    Do what feels right for you, and for your knees. You don't really have to prove anything to anyone. If you need to try, do so carefully and see how the knees hold up. If it doesn't seem like a sensible thing to do (trying to golf again), then don't do it. You know your knees and your limitations. Do what is best for you!

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DEVORA4 8/11/2010 11:54PM

  Patty, That's not you. The trials you have faced have been huge and you made it through. If she's your friend, she'll understand.

I had my fibia and tibia reconstructed years ago after a horrible ski accident. I was told I"d always walk with a cane or a walker. I went skiing last winter. Was I afraid? YES YES YES. That's why it was so importent for me to go. Was I as good as I had been? No. I faced my fear and went on.

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TEEGO77 8/11/2010 11:19PM

    Good luck! I hope that you can make it! That's why there are driving ranges, right? Chance to give it a go!

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My Dream(s)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I have always had some really good mentors to look up to. My Dad was the "bestest"...he was on a pedestal. He taught me many things and never told me I could not do something just because I was a girl. I am a great mechanic, a welder, a small engine repairer and I can buck hay and run a chainsaw all day.

My mother was and is a perpetual worrier. She never told me I couldn't do something, but she let it be known exactly what her boundaries were. I usually did not agree with her. I learned a lot from her, mostly about setting boundaries and respect.

I believe one of the biggest mistakes I ever made was finally realizing what I wanted to do with my life when I was a senior in college, weeks away from doing my student teaching. I was in the ewe pens at three in the morning, laying on cold, wet ground, delivering babies...lambs. It dawned on me that I really wanted to be a doctor..a little late and a dollar short.

I graduated, got married had kids, gained weight, lost weight...blah, blah, blah! I suddenly find that I despise my job as a teacher. It is very hard to get out of bed in the morning and find a way to drag myself to school and act like I really care. I do care but the spark is not there. I finally realize that I am a better than average student and that I can do this! Life is short and it is time for a change.

I want to be a doctor and/or really a physicians assistant. I would like to work with blood disorders but I think I would be good doing all around everyday things as well. I don't get upset by much but at my age if I go through with this....I will invariably treat and watch some good friends pass, knowing that I was unable to help someone that I have known for a long time or gone to school with. You see, if I accomplish what I want, I will return to the area I currently live in or somewhere very close by.

My second dream? I was an olympic sprinter and I know that I will never sprint that way again. I can almost live with that. You just have no idea how bad I would like to jog again. With age it isn't always how you feel that bothers you, but what you realize you have lost along the way. Of course, there are a lot of things I have learned and gained with age as well BUT........

I am really working on the running and I am beginning to start working on the idea of medical school as well. I have many hours of science and health classes already. Who knows, sometimes dreams do come true. Here's hoping.

What is/was your biggest dream and have you or are you working on accomplishing it?

This is my new grandchild. His name is Cisco, he is a Yorkie and he thinks I am a good "doctor" because I always feed him ground turkey and he loves it! LOL

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MPALMER15 8/11/2010 3:48PM

    Go for it! It's never too late!

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MOMMYFOTLAND 8/11/2010 1:18PM

    Awesome blog! I have no idea what I want to do "when I grow up". Lately, I've been rekindling my love for the performing arts, but making a living at such a thing? Hmm...

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NUTRIGIRL08 8/11/2010 11:58AM

    I know what you mean about dreams. I thought it was to be an environmental scientist, a passion but not something I want to do all day. I'm in a job that is okay, pays the bills. I've thought about being a teacher too but hmmmm I don't know. I do want to help people make a difference. But I guess my current dream is to be a stay at home Mommy. Even homeschool my kids. To go along with that would be to be a personal trainer (although aren't there a dozen of them around). I just want to help people be what they can obtain. But even more I want to be there for my kids!

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IMSMILEY88 8/11/2010 10:45AM

    Great post... got me thinking. emoticon My sister (a vet) and my sister-in-law (a law professor who travels all of the US speaking, etc) are both back in school. I would like to go back someday. I have several things in mind. But, for now I am homeschooling my daughter. I've been thinking about this, though... thanks for the little prod. emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/11/2010 9:48AM

    I love what I do but I also have more dreams. Depends on the day which one surfaces!

What steps are you going to take to make yours come true? What a wonderful ting to do at this age... and your perspective on it all will be so distinct! I bet your bedside manner would be extra special :)

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LINDAKAY228 8/11/2010 8:48AM

    It's never too late to go after your dreams. I'm still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up LOL. I love working with the elderly and disabled but there are two things that I would really like to do. One is to become a personal trainer and work with people who are afraid of the gym, who are really overweight, who are older, etc. Help them to discover what they can do like I have over the past year. The other would be to work as a freelance photographer and get paid for traveling all over the United States taking scenic pictures and getting paid for it but on my own schedule. I love to travel and see new places but can't afford to do it like I want to. Who knows, maybe it will happen some day.
I was 35 when I started college, with 5 kids. I started working toward being a mental health counselor. I have a BS in psychology and started working on a master's after I graduated. Got about 35 hours of masters level classes but needed to get 60 to get licensing. I had been working for 3 years by then as a psychiatric technician on our hospital's mental health unit. By then I decided I did NOT want to do that for a living. So I know how you feel about the teaching. Sometimes what we want to do evolves with time, and I'm sure that you've impacted many lives over the time you've been a teacher and that is definitely not lost. But now you feel drawn in a different direction and there is nothing wrong with that. Go for it.
Love the pic of your new grandbaby!!! I love yorkies.

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LUCYSRAIN 8/11/2010 1:24AM

    Anything is possible if you want it bad enough...

Look at all the magic that happens here and the wonderful things you have already accomplished!

My Dad is 81 years old and in our last conversation he said in life you never stop learning or growing. Its funny, as we meet our goals here we begin to see past them to even bigger things.

I think its wonderful that you are contemplating a new field in Medical, many of your loved ones and friends would have you there, that's very special even though would be tough to go through....

And go girl! I too was a jogger in my younger years and would love to run that first mile again, then 2, then 3,4,5!

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JOURNEYOF3 8/11/2010 12:56AM

    Well,if that is something that you really want to do and feel passionate about it I would say go for it. If it is something you are not absolutely positively know in your gut that you should do then I would ask myself what is really going on? Would taking classes help. Find out what you need to do to get a degree as a PA and shee how much time and money you have to invest. I don't know how close you are to retiring. Good luck with all of it.

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GOHUSKERS2 8/11/2010 12:55AM

    Go for it! If you don't you might not get another chance...what is holding you back.

Big talk I know, but you are the only one who can live your dreams. If your family is supportive, why not?

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DEVORA4 8/11/2010 12:24AM

  What a good biog. It was masterful and full of good things to ponder. My dream was to be a biblical archaeologist BUT weak sister, as I was ,was talked out of it by my mother who said,"Nice girls just don't do that kind of work." I had to please my mother. Humppphhh

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PAMAPPLE 8/11/2010 12:03AM

    I would like to be a PA if I could get my schooling paid for! (JK) If you think you can do it, go for it!

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CZARINA_TV 8/10/2010 11:44PM

    You should do that! If nothing else, taking classes will keep you sharp and make you feel like you're moving towards something. I take French classes so I feel like I have something academic that's hard for my brain to process.

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HOPERISING 8/10/2010 11:29PM

    I think you will be a great doctor. I am actually glad I didn't waste my money going to college straight out of highschool. I had no idea then what I wanted to do, or even who I was. Make your dreams happen. I believe in you.

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SOCKITTOME 8/10/2010 11:28PM

    Follow your dreams!

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Swim Team photos

Monday, August 09, 2010

These are the pictures of the Hurley swim team. They are called the Sea Lions and they are a great group of kids.

The young man on the left in back is one of the lifeguards, the lady is the swim team "mom" and the two boys are her grandsons.

This is the lifeguard with his little brother. The young man won four gold and one silver medal as well as the high point trophy.

This picture is the Sea Lions swim team after the meet with all of their medals, trophies and new T-shirts, purchased by the Hurley Pride Committee.

Tomorrow, I promise I am going to discuss medical school.

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CZARINA_TV 8/10/2010 11:47PM

    Good for them! I had a friend who did swim team growing up and really enjoyed it...

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NAPITOVSFAME 8/10/2010 11:30PM

    Nice group, but I must say I had a cougar moment with that lifequard.

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PAMAPPLE 8/10/2010 3:30PM

    Love the photos! Looks like a great group!

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TRIXEL 8/10/2010 9:17AM

    Nice pictures. :)

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SOCKITTOME 8/9/2010 11:26PM

    Very cool! And can't wait to hear about medical school!

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GOHUSKERS2 8/9/2010 11:00PM

    Great pix. I look forward to hearing about medical school!!!

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