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Super Saturday

Saturday, April 16, 2011

We didn't get home until almost 12:30am so I didn't get to bed until about 1am. That is super late for me. I actually even stayed in bed until about 7 but I was awake about an hour earlier. It was just nice and cozy.
We ended up at a Mexican place last night for dinner. I got chile colorodo:

Today it was lots of laundry, groceries and vacuuming.
On our way over to Trader Joe's we stopped for some Vietnamese food. I got some BBQ pork over vermicelli. It was very tasty. I usually get the broken rice but I thought I'd change it up. This came in a bowl and had lots of lettuce, bean sprouts and basil under the noodles.

When dinner time rolled around, we walked over to City Diner. I got what they call a Denver omelet but I think it's a Western omelet because it has cheese. I forgot to take a picture when the plate came, so here are my leftovers.

I guess it's time to fold some laundry and bake some muffins (pictures tomorrow).
Have a great Saturday night and enjoy your Sunday!!

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TEDDYBABE 4/19/2011 6:19AM

    You really had a wide variety of cuisine! Yummmmm!

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WENDYSPARKS 4/18/2011 3:35PM

    The food looks yummy!!

Wendy :)

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KAMAPERRY 4/17/2011 10:32PM

    Yummmy!!! I want to see the brownies!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/17/2011 2:51PM

    That Vietnamese dish looks SO good. Pho is very popular around here, so other Vietnamese food gets neglected, but I wish it was the other way around. When I lived in Kansas City, there was a surprising amount of excellent Vietnamese food, I really miss that.
I'll just have to drool on your pictures.

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BUTEAFULL 4/17/2011 1:08PM

    that Korean food looks intriguing and yummy, I went out for Mexican food, chile rellenos and cabbage salsa

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SBATES63 4/17/2011 8:11AM

    I had a great Saturday, Nat. My brother is in Canada on business and spent the weekend here with me. We went shopping yesterday for things to bring home to his two boys. We went out for lunch and I was fairly careful in my choices. Not salad, but no fries either. Had a great prime rib roast from the local butcher shop last night. My brother and husband watched hockey all afternoon and evening. My team, the Montreal Canadiens, played and won last night! Looking forward to the muffin pics. Take care and have a good day.

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MISSMITSY 4/17/2011 6:46AM

    Wow lots of yummy food! Glad the back is starting to feel a bit better...

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JLITT62 4/17/2011 5:07AM

    I don't know how you can eat out like that, bake, and stay so slim! We had deli for lunch yesterday & while it didn't taste salty, I was soooooo thirsty all day long afterwards!

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/17/2011 1:46AM

    and which muffins are we baking this week? No mention of your back today, so I guess it didn't twinge you too much?

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CHERWHOAH 4/17/2011 1:04AM

    MMM that's one of my favorite vietnamese dishes. I usually pull out half the vermicelli just to avoid too many carbs. :) you always have such yummy food pictures!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/17/2011 12:56AM

    Okay now that your pictures made me hungry, lol! The Mexican food looks yummy! Oh no did you say muffins?

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CARIBBEANLOVER 4/17/2011 12:46AM

    Oh are going to show us muffins tomorrow? LOL! I had Mexican food for lunch/dinner too! Yum. Great Saturday for you!

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LEN_VERSION32 4/16/2011 11:33PM

    Actually think these foods you featured tonight looks like something I would try! Have a great night too!

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Model Club Meeting Friday

Friday, April 15, 2011

I took another rest day today. My back felt very good when I got up this morning but after I had been at work for a little while it starting doing the weird stinging feeling thing. I took an ibuprofen and that toned it down pretty well. After 6 hours (when I assume the ibuprofen had worn off) it still felt a little weird but much better than yesterday. I had some experiments running so I had lots of trips up and down the stairs so I did get some exercise in.
By the time I left work and sat down in the warm car, my back felt much better. It's very cold in the VA hospital. I think maybe my muscles were tensed up because of it and that was bothering my back. Just a theory. Anyway, I came home and took a soak in the tub. Now it feels great. I'm hoping it stays that way the whole weekend. If so, I'll try out the elliptical on Monday.
This evening we're heading over to Milpitas for the Silicon Valley Scale Modelers monthly meeting. I will be taking a book to read because it can get kind of boring if you're not somebody who actually builds models. My husband likes for me to come along and it is fun to see the models but I don't need to hear all the talk.
I don't know yet what we're doing for dinner. We will go somewhere in Milpitas. I'll get a picture and post it tomorrow.
Happy Friday! Have a fantabulous weekend!!

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WENDYSPARKS 4/18/2011 3:36PM

    Praying that your back feels better.


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CARIBBEANLOVER 4/17/2011 12:43AM

    You poor thing. I am sorry to hear your back isn't feeling so good! :( I hope your back gets some rest and you are able to exercise on Monday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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APIRLRAIN888 4/16/2011 9:03PM

    lol I like to see models b.c I am such a clutz to make!!! I really want a set of trains in my basement LOL but hubby is gonna have to make it! hahahhaa

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MISSMITSY 4/16/2011 6:12AM

    Yay glad it's starting to feel a little better!! Hope you have a fun evening even if the model car speak is a little boring...

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JLITT62 4/16/2011 5:28AM

    Hopefully the soak & the rest will make you good as new.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/16/2011 1:04AM

    You might want to try a heating pad on your back to make it feel a little better. Enjoy your little getaway and rest up.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 4/16/2011 1:02AM

    Glad your back is doing good.......and Im sure you needed the rest! Sounds like a good evening! Have fun! I got some reading done too.

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KAMAPERRY 4/16/2011 12:17AM

    Wonderful that it feels better, I pray it stays that way! emoticon

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STRINGS58 4/15/2011 9:48PM

    The tub was an excellent idea! Have a great weekend!

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THEHONESTME 4/15/2011 9:41PM

    You have a great weekend, too :)

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KNITTABLES 4/15/2011 8:52PM

    Glad you back is feeling better and I hope it stays that way throughout the weekend. Have a safe trip and enjoy the book.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/15/2011 8:47PM

    I hope you and your back enjoy a restful weekend. What're you reading?

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TURCOTTEP 4/15/2011 8:25PM

  Back trouble, so sorry. I know that is just impossible. You are my hero. Keep up the effort and do your best.

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Rest Day

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I decided it was in my back's best interest to take a rest day today. I did walk around a lot at work but some days are just like that. It was feeling a little weird today. Sort of a stinging sensation. Not very strong but still there. I don't know if a nerve is slightly irritated or if it's just the back muscles healing. Anyway, when I got home I took a shower and then rolled my back and hamstrings on my foam roller. Feels much better. Hopefully it will last. Tomorrow will also be a rest day.
Nothing else going on. Since it's Thursday, my husband is going to dinner with his model club friends so I will have to come up with something to eat. I just haven't decided yet what I want.
I've got a load of laundry in the washer. Maybe I'll watch a little TV and head to bed early today.
Have a great night. Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!

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YAMINOKODOMO 4/15/2011 4:13PM

    How is your back today? Hope its not bothering you.

I am SO glad its friday! And its beautiful out, woohoo! Enjoy your friday!

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/15/2011 2:03PM

    really hope that helps!!! you were not alone w/ a rest day. I had to work till 7:30 last night, so I ended up missing Curves w/ zumba emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/15/2011 2:03:51 PM

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KAMAPERRY 4/15/2011 12:43PM

    Good idea to rest. Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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LARIESHA 4/15/2011 11:46AM

    Rest is good. Hopefully it is only a muscle and not a nerve. We found out yesterday that my DH has a pinced nerve in the hip/butt area (DR named it, but I forgot), and that's why he has numb and tingly feeling in his leg and foot on the right side. At least now we know what is wrong with him.

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MISSMITSY 4/15/2011 7:45AM

    Wohoo rest day! Enjoy your Friday, almost the weekend!!

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LEN_VERSION32 4/15/2011 7:13AM

    I am glad you are listening to your back. Best way to get healed quickly emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/15/2011 1:58AM

    I'm glad to hear that you're taking a little time to rest, you need it. Making dinner for yourself, can't wait to see what you come up with.

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/15/2011 12:54AM

    ahhhh yes friday! and 2 rest days!!! Ok, who are you and what have you done with my friend Nat?!?

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/15/2011 12:40AM

    WOOT WOOT!!!!!! Plans this weekend Nat? :)

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CHERWHOAH 4/15/2011 12:17AM

    yes ma'am rest your back. I hope you get relief from the back pain soon :(

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/14/2011 10:07PM

    I'm glad you're giving yourself rest, I imagine you're not used to doing that, but I bet it will help.
I'm very excited about going to bed here in a few minutes myself.
Have a wonderful Friday!

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THEHONESTME 4/14/2011 9:53PM

    Rest up, Nat! I hope you're feeling better real soon!

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APIRLRAIN888 4/14/2011 9:37PM

    rest is good! I have been making a lot of japanese! my ccmp and cam is acting up! didn't post my cooking pics in a while

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JLITT62 4/14/2011 7:57PM

    Glad you're giving the back a little TLC. I just have to get thru my long run tomorrow, & then I'll take one too.

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    Enjoy your rest days. I really hope it helps you heal quickly!!!

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Wednesday 4-13-11

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I set the alarm for 2:30 this morning because I wanted to get some elliptical in before work. I ended up waking up at about 2:15 and managed to escape from bed. I got in 4 miles and it felt really good.
I had to prep some samples at the VA and then bring them over to Stanford to run on their mass spec since ours hasn't been ordered yet. The machine was still going when I left. We set it to stop after it finished running all of the samples. I'll find out the results tomorrow.
On the way to work, I had to swerve on the freeway to avoid hitting an opposum. Not really want you want to do at high speed when your back has been unhappy. It's been a little sore on and off since. Hopefully it won't extend the healing process to much. I'm just having a run of bad back luck. I'm actually trying to decide if I will elliptical tomorrow or take a rest day. I guess I will see how it feels in the morning.
I do want it to heal quickly. I've already promised HALFFAST that I would do the Las Vegas Rock n Roll Half Marathon with her in December. Even my husband agreed to do it. It would be helpful if I were actually up and running by then.
Would you like to see a picture of dinner? It's Trader Joe's Chicken Tikka Masala, Trader Joe's Dal Makhani, Trader Joe's Naan and Sukhi's Chicken Saag (the green stuff).

Have a great night!!

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LEN_VERSION32 4/15/2011 7:12AM

    I am sure you will be fine in December!! I have never had any of those things you are eating for dinner...maybe one day

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/14/2011 4:59PM

    oh doll hope its feeling all better soon! how exciting about the half! And what a yummy looking meal as usual! :D

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HALFFAST 4/14/2011 4:20PM


Can't wait to start planning our runacation!

Your food looks yummy as usual!

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/14/2011 12:12PM

    looks good! I don't see green though, I see yellow emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 4/14/2011 12:02PM

    Food looks good! Hope your back heals fast for you!


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SOKKERNUT 4/14/2011 9:20AM

    Maybe the universe is trying to tell you to slow down! emoticon

I hope your back gets better soon. That is awesome you doing the R&R marathon in Las Vegas. My two marathons were the R&R one in San Diego and the inaugural one in Nashville, Tennessee. GOOD LUCK.

I am planning on doing the R&R in San Diego next year with another Spark Member but this go around only 1/2 b/c of my blood clot in my leg. :(

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MIRWYN 4/14/2011 8:41AM

    YUM on dinner, EWW on your back. I hope the swerving didn't aggravate it even more!

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MRKTGCHICK 4/14/2011 8:27AM

    Ouch! Hope your back is feeling better soon. At least you know the Opossum is probably grateful for your sacrifice!

And I wouldn't worry about your bad luck... I find nature is constantly in balance so for every spat of bad look, I try to stay upbeat by reminding myself that there's a run of good luck in my future! I'm sure your good luck is right around the corner!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/14/2011 7:33AM

    Of course we like to see pictures of dinner! This weekend, I'm going to try to make those bolanis you told me about, they sound like something that is right up my alley.
I hate driving. I'm glad we have excellent public transportation here. I hope your back has recovered.
I have to kill 2 birds with 1 chocolate and check out Adora, that is a great idea. I had a Twix last night. I haven't had anything like that in so long, all I could taste was the sugar. I may as well have stuck my tongue in a bag. Ick!

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SBATES63 4/14/2011 7:26AM

    Wish we had Trader Joe's and Whole Foods up here. Their stuff sounds (and looks) delicious. I made a pasta dish with mushrooms, onions, garlic tomatoes and spinach with feta on top. Pretty yummy for something out of my head. I did add lots of spices too.

Maybe you should consider a few days off exercising completely to let your back heal. I have had to do that and it helps. My back still acts up often, but exercises such as Supermans and lots of stretching keep it to a dull roar.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/14/2011 7:19AM

    emoticona half in Vegas, how exciting, make sure to take it slow getting back into running to make sure back is o.k. , take it easy.

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MISSMITSY 4/14/2011 7:18AM

    Wow that looks yummy! I think you could definitely be back up by December if you take the time now to let it heal properly you'll even have plenty of time to train first...

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/14/2011 5:50AM

    Nice looking dinner!
Hope you can make your goals of the half marathon. No more ouchies!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/14/2011 1:13AM

    You dinner looks yummy! Think good thoughts to get rid of the bad luck run.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/13/2011 11:36PM

    Trader Joes makes healthy choices easy. Hope your back mends quickly. Have a good Thursday. (2:15? Yikes!)

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KNITTABLES 4/13/2011 11:06PM

    Oh I love Chicken Tikka Marsela. awesome.

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KAMAPERRY 4/13/2011 10:41PM

    Awsome looking dinner!! You let your back have plenty of time to heal, ok? A setback would slow you down more. This is what I remind myself of too. I am wanting to really push it since I feel better, but I am behaving. emoticon

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Tuesday...The Doctor Replies

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I did as I said I would and did not do my ChaLEAN this morning. I did get a reply from the doctor:
"Its ok to continue running and weights as long it is not making the pain worse .
If he pain gets worse you might have to take a break from running and weights for 2-3 weeks.
Since I'm not sure if my back was more sore yesterday because of the ChaLEAN and the running or from the tripping incident, I also consulted with my personal physician (a fellow who is doing a research year in our lab). She advised me to not do any running or weights until I wasn't feeling anything in my back. She thinks that my trip over the weight on Saturday may have tweaked it a little and it needs a rest. She did say that that elliptical was fine to do.
Based on these opinions, I will call today a rest day and be doing elliptical for the rest of the week. The good news is my back is feeling very good today. A few mild twinges but certainly less than yesterday. I'm hoping to re-restart ChaLEAN this coming Sunday.
It was a hectic day at work that resulted in some peanut M&M eating...not a ton, I was just craving a few and had them.
We'll be having whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs and our favorite Newman's Own pasta sauce. Always satisfying.
I'll be up bright and early tomorrow to do some elliptical. I guess I'll be blowing the Couch to 5K team April Consistency Challenge by not running but my back is worth it. There will always be May.
Have a great Wednesday!!

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VYVIENN 4/14/2011 2:17AM

    Ooof! I know it's frustrating to continually get blown out of the routine like that, but I have no doubt that in the end, you will stick to your path to better health, even if it does mean taking time off to take care of your back. emoticon emoticon I also know that you will see this only as a temporary setback, not a complete derailment. Also, you'll finally give me a chance to catch up with your crazy early-morning killer workouts!! emoticon emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 4/13/2011 2:13PM

    Yes, please rest it. One thing I am learning is to listen to my body when something hurts. emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/13/2011 12:46PM

    seeing how I just came back from a back sprain, I would take it easy. If there is some exercise you can do, like she said, that's great. I know my chiro said no running a few days later I tried, in place, and it was a no go. When I could, I did. But it was like a week later.

Easy does it!

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/13/2011 11:21AM

    Interesting that it almost always comes back to - Rest!

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MISSMITSY 4/13/2011 8:10AM

    There is definitely always May, and it's so great that you have the elliptical so you can still get a workout in! Rest up your back and you'll be better then new in no time!

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SOKKERNUT 4/13/2011 8:02AM

    emoticon for taking care of yourself and listening to your body and emoticon on not overdoing it with the M&M's.

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WENDYSPARKS 4/13/2011 7:34AM

    Take it slow and easy.


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REDEMILY 4/13/2011 7:10AM

    I am glad that you at least get to stick to the elliptical. I know that you want to be able to keep going!

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STRINGS58 4/13/2011 6:45AM

    Don't be surprised if it takes a little longer to rest and recuperate the back. Some small but important muscles there. The eliptical is a good choice, as I had walking, swimming and yoga in my mind as I read the restrictions It can be hard to settle down the urge to progress, but healing can take an annoying (yet valuable) amount of time. I hope work settles down.

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JLITT62 4/13/2011 5:11AM

    Yes, your back is most definitely worth it. Doesn't mean it doesn't suck, tho!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/13/2011 3:13AM

    OMG of COURSE your back is worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SARAHFAILLA 4/13/2011 2:19AM

    Bummer you have to take a break again but better for your body in the long run. Dinner sounds good...can I come over?

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/13/2011 1:13AM

    I'm glad you heard from the doctor on your back problems, hopefully resting it will do the trick for you.

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CHERWHOAH 4/13/2011 12:21AM

    Oh no! Yes definitely rest your back and don't run or do CLX until you feel better!

MMM your dinner sounds delish! I love your food world!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 4/12/2011 11:57PM

    I am so sorry you are still dealing with back issues! I can imagine how fustrating it must be!! Sending healing vibes your way!

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KNITTABLES 4/12/2011 10:42PM

    Take care and take it easy.

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LEN_VERSION32 4/12/2011 10:10PM

    Sorry to hear that you have to stop again! But it is for the best! emoticon

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BLEIGH711 4/12/2011 10:00PM

    Sorry to hear about the injury...never any fun at all. But its good that you are taking time to heal. Take care of #1 emoticon

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MAGGIE805 4/12/2011 9:51PM

    I'm sorry about your fall. Injuries bite, but they do need time to heal. It can be so frustrating. Hang in there and C25K will be there waiting for you when you feel you are a 100%.

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JOAN_HEO 4/12/2011 9:23PM

    Be patient with your back and the rest of yourself too. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/12/2011 9:04PM

    I'm glad you're giving your back time to heal, because you're right about catching up next month.
Nice job moderating the M&M's. I don't think I can handle that yet. I do require afternoon chocolate, so I allow myself a square of very dark chocolate. A little goes a long way.
Have a great nite.

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    Good call on just the elliptical this week. Glad your back is feeling so good...I hope it stays that way!!

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