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Modern Medicine Worries Me

Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm sure that statement alone worries and offends some people, but hear me out.

If you believe in a higher power, do you suppose the things that tools and medicines man has created are greater than what the creator created? That we weren't given all the tools we need to survive right from the start? If you don't believe in a creator, if you believe in evolution, what do you suppose might have caused us to evolve into creatures that need a little purple (or yellow or blue or green or pink or white or whatever) pill to survive?

And here is where my opinion comes in. We as a race, have become lazy. We don't hunt, gather, or even farm most of our own food as individuals anymore. We are inactive. Humans used to spend most of their day wandering, on their feet. Now we spend most of the day on our butts usually in front of a TV or computer screen. This can't be helped entirely, for many people their job involves an excess of inactivity.

We spend so many hours a day working (and commuting..in our comfy cars instead of on our feet or even a bike) that we don't feel we have the time to prepare or eat a healthy meal. We skip the gym where we might be able to make up for some of our evolutional inactivity because of the lethargy caused by sitting around most of the day and eating unhealthy meals.

Then, modern medicine comes in to save the day. "Here, take this pill to fix you high blood pressure, no need to eat right or exercise!" (I know the doctors tell you to, but who listens?) "You have a headache, it's ok! Pop an asprin!" (Or, you know, it could be dehydration from all those sodas you drank today--a glass of water might help more) "Your immune system is weak from years of neglecting your body and ingesting foods full of artificial ingredients, here, have a shot to fix that." (Though you usually get the flu anyway, or at least feel crappy for a day or two).

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against all modern medicines. I obviously see the need for insulin, and I ended up having to have a c-section to deliver my daughter and save both our lives.

I just see a world where we rely too heavily on drugs to fix things, and not on our perfectly designed bodies. We use pills to counteract the effects of other pills. We suffer side effects that may be worse than the original symptom--all in the name of "good health" which can usually be achieved with some good old fashioned healthy eats and exercise. What I am observing more and more everyday in our quick fix and "I want it now, and I want it my way all the time" society, is that we are killing ourselves for the sake of invented pleasures.

You have to MAKE the time to live your life better, even if it's hard, even if you don't think you can. Baby steps are a fine way to get there, and then maybe we can slowly baby step our society off the drugs and back into a more natural way of living--the way nature, the creator, or whatever you believe in, intended for us to be.

  
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CHATTIEGIRL 5/7/2011 10:10PM

    Hi NETHERAI;

I agree with you dear and the younger people are going to be in worst shape then the people over 50. I am 67 and I walked a lot in my life to work, school and other times. We didn't have fast food, tv and we played outside in the sun as children . Where are the children today you drive down a street and see no one playing or riding a bike. I wish we could get back to a healthier living for the young because they are killing their selves and don't even know it. Take care of yourself, God bless you always. Learn from Spark people each day.

Joyce

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 2:53PM

    I ABSOLUTELY agree! GOOD blog. Up until about a century or so ago, we HAD to be working to stay warm, have food, get from place to place. In some parts of the world, people STILL live like that...and they don't have all the illnesses attributed to modern society.

One other element of all this is that pharmaceuticals are developed by people seeking to earn money...THAT is the motivator more than achieving good health. Thus, many are directed away from simpler and more natural remedies to expensive drugs that often cause further complications.

I like you thinking!!!!

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CELEST 2/11/2011 1:15PM

    I get you LOUD AND CLEAR and agree with you. I do think as a "nation" we pop pills waaaaay too easy. Why? Because its easy. Easier to take tablets than do something physical. How many of us would be prepared to park our cars 2-3 blocks away from work and walk the extra? For my part I dont own a car yet, so if I go anywhere, its generally on my feet, but Im privileged to live in a smallish town.
But Im with you all the way!

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Ok, so it *IS* about losing weight too

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I fell off the wagon, straight into a never ending bowl of pasta and a fountain of cheesecake. I'd been doing so good that I gave myself a pat on the back and thought, "Hey, just this once won't hurt." And just that once wouldn't have, but "just this one time" turned into slipping completely back into my old habits and gaining back much of what I'd lost. Stepping on the scale to see all that back patting did not pay off was painful.

At first I couldn't figure out where I'd gone wrong. I made excuses, like I'd let myself slip over the holidays--we all use the holidays as an excuse to overindulge right? I didn't have to let it happen though. I made a conscious decision to overeat every time I did. There was that nagging voice in the back of my head warning me that I was taking things too far, that I was already full and didn't need to go on. I let the other voice win though, the one that said it was too good not to eat all of it now, the voice that said it was unfair that I couldn't eat what I wanted to, the voice that belongs to my own personal demon of self-sabotage.

After a few months off the wagon, I'm just now starting to see just what it's done. Last month, I donned my maternity jeans just to be comfortable because the new, smaller size that I'd gotten into started to feel too tight. I blamed it on bloating then, on water retention, on anything but the truth--that slippery slope of binge eating that I thought I'd made it away from.

It's still true that most of my goals are health oriented. I still want to run a marathon someday. I still want that active lifestyle and to pass it onto my daughter. I also want that smaller jeans size back though. I want to look in a mirror and see my skin glow like it was glowing. I want to see the bags under my eyes start to disappear again. I want to look good in a wedding dress--I want to look at those pictures and maybe not be completely happy with what I see, but know that I was well on my way by that point.

I've got until September to change my habits, though there's the possibility of a 10k in May I'd really like to do (it's still in the planning stage though, and they're not even sure if it's going to be held).

This time when that little demon of self-sabotage starts whispering in my ear, or even screaming, I'm going to take note that that's what's really happening--and I *WILL* squash it like the annoying little pest it is.

  
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SUZIESPARKLING 1/22/2012 11:36PM

    I loved your 2010 blog called "It's No Longer About Losing Weight". I kept a copy as inspiration. However, I too have problems with self-sabotage. And once I fall off the wagon, it takes me months to get back on. So I understand this blog too.

I'm not sure how you did in the past year, but I am wishing you all the best in your health and weight loss goals in 2012.

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It's no longer about losing weight

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I woke up this morning and decided to climb onto the scale all bleary-eyed, just to see if I'd lost anything(and I was betting I hadn't). I stepped off the scale in shock, rubbed my eyes to clear them and stepped back on. It was true, I've lost over 30lbs since my journey began.

While it made me happy, I realized I hardly ever step on the scale anymore. It used to be that I didn't get on the scale because I was afraid of what I'd see--the same numbers as always, or worse, climbing numbers. Now I don't get on the scale very much because I just don't care. I know I'm working at my goal, and I know I'll get there when I get there. I'm doing the best I can right now, and a number isn't going to change that.

At first this was all about losing weight, and some vague things about being healthy. I didn't quite define what I meant by healthy, but in my head healthy was always an image of a thin me. Now it's not. I no longer visualize myself thin when I visualize what I mean by healthy, I don't see myself at all, I see what's in front of me.

I see myself hiking with my hubby and daughter. I see us camping. I see the river ahead of me as I go white water rafting for the first time. I see a wall of rock climbing high into the sky above me--I want to go rock climbing. I see what seems to be an endless path in front of me as I'm running my first marathon, but then...I see the finish line. I see my grandkids, and my great grandkids. I see the many years ahead, all the things I have to look forward to.

Yeah, I see all that in my future and I'm only 26. Thin? Yeah, that sounds nice. Healthy, active, and a spritely old fart? That's what I'm talking about. I want to be one of those crazy old ladies that's up at the crack of dawn every morning to go for a run. I want to enjoy the sunrise and the smell of morning dew even when I'm old. I have no desire to be bedbound and depressed. Who does want that?

Everytime I get on the elliptical or go for a walk or even lift my daughter (that troublesome little thirteen pound weight that's always with me. lol) I see THAT future. I've finally defined healthy, and it has nothing to do with the size of my jeans.


Edit: Because so many people seem to be interested in health goals instead of weight goals, I've now formed a team that focus's on just that. None of our challenges will have anything to do with the number on the scale. Thank all of you for sparking me to do this!

teams.sparkpeople.com/nomorescale

  
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NINA-AKANE 9/14/2010 11:40PM

    emoticon blog! I started out the same way; I just thought about losing the weight but now, after losing 40 pounds, I'm more concerned about just being healthy, eating right, and toning up--As well as living life! emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 9/11/2010 12:24AM

    Thank you for your blog, I agree whole heartedly. When I first started around Jan of this year, my goal was purely weight. I had lost some prior to joining Sparkpeople, and found this to be about healthy living/eating too. and I lost an additional 12 lbs this Spring. I used to picture myself in the future at my "perfect goal weight". I was obsessed with the scale sometimes weighing 3x per day, but it never moved, unless it up and down my 3 lb range. I've been at a plateau since around April and have since realized that this isn't solely about weight. The weight is just a number I picked out because that's what I weighed when I met my husband and I was happy with that size and shape.

What I've learned since is that what I've gained in this process is so much more important to me than just losing weight. I know now that more will come off in time, but the actual number isn't my #1 goal any longer. I eat healthy, exercise regularly, and I feel great. My body has changed so much, more defined, and my clothes get looser. I've gone down 42 lbs in 2 years and 3 clothes sizes. I can do so much more than ever before and I enjoy getting out and walking, getting my exercise, and even ST. I have truly changed my lifestyle and I love it. I'll continue with these changes, meanwhile, I look forward to all the future holds. We've already become more active vacation-wise, and I look forward to all the future plans and explorations, doing things I never thought I'd be able to at my previous weight and being so out of shape. I look forward to hiking in the mountains with my hubby and snorkeling and Snuba in the islands, even if I have to get into a bathing suit. I'm not thin, and I'll never be thin, but that's not been my goal. Just being comfortable in my skin at a particular point, is what I want. I'm pretty close to that.

It truly isn't "only" about the weight any longer.
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TONIABLAKE 9/9/2010 11:28PM

    Yeah you! emoticon I agree with you wholeheartedly.

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SOUPBOWL1 9/9/2010 6:30PM

  I like what you said about not having to get on the scale to feel good about your progress. Thanks you for sharing.

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ZENGIRL88 9/9/2010 6:11PM

  way to go fellow sparker---i've just started and your blog was very inspiring! i really beleive if you are healthy then you are indeed beautiful. emoticon

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HIPPIE44 9/9/2010 7:52AM

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57CHEVY 9/8/2010 11:34PM

    I just emailed this to myself so I could read it over and over. This says exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks!

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HOTTIE41465 9/8/2010 10:19PM

    Great Blog!

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MANDI_78 9/8/2010 9:06PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! You are an inspiration to us all on what we all should want. You are right weight is just a number. Congrats on your weightloss and good luck on meeting your future goals.

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LITTLEGIRLSMOM1 9/8/2010 8:49PM

  Great blog and well worth reading.

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MSANITAL 9/8/2010 8:31PM

    Way to go and I think I would like to join that team

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WINFIELD28 9/8/2010 8:25PM

    What a smart, young, healthy woman you are!
And you are doing this before you get to be 50 like me!
I love your thought process...you know what it's REALLY all about! You are a true inspiration to me today!
Thanks for your thoughts!

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MAGDAVIS4458 9/8/2010 6:24PM

    Netherai;
You are really good with words. You should write a book. Even though I'm exactly twice your age I can relate to everything you said.

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IMGUNADOIT 9/8/2010 4:01PM

    Well said and very inspirational. You've hit the nail on the head: it's our future quality of life, not the numbers we can hold as our goal.

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PATSDIARY 9/8/2010 3:45PM

    What a great blog! You are so right - I don't see the "thin" me either... just the one who isn't in a hospital bed with tubes all over... or in a nursing home... I love to picture myself in my 80s and still fit! If I can to dyat, I will have met my real goal!! A good reminder that we are in this for the long haul!

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LISAD1220 9/8/2010 2:41PM

    Whew! Your blog blew me away! Awesome insight! Thanks for sharing.

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WW_KAREN 9/8/2010 2:15PM

    Wow, very awesome inspiring blog. Thanks for posting.

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TAMNTN 9/8/2010 1:48PM

    Way to go....very inspirational! And through it all, with the right outlook and doing the right things, the number on the scale will continue to follow! Woo-Hoo! :) Keep those dreams and visions alive, they will continue to propel you forward on your journey!

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DIANE7786 9/8/2010 12:59PM

    Congrats on your 30 lbs success. Your great attitude will help you reach your goals.

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HOWMANYCATS 9/8/2010 12:11PM

    Thanks so much for posting this . . . it helped me realize that I know longer believe that the SCALE will tell me when I've achieved my goal. Who cares about a number - whether is is weight, BMI, or dress size? . . . Really, it is all about having the health and fitness level that will take you where you want to go for the rest of your life!

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PAXNYOKES 9/8/2010 11:30AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog.

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TINA_B2 9/8/2010 11:23AM

    Awesome blog. This is where I want to be in my journey. I'm almost there...

Tina
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DRAGONFLYBETH 9/8/2010 11:10AM

    Thank you so much for your perspective. I've been having a difficult time lately and this is truly another eye opener and some hella motivation!

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ABB698 9/8/2010 11:04AM

    emoticon That's the attitude that will win the race! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MUSIKGIRL 9/8/2010 10:58AM

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LADYVALK 9/8/2010 10:39AM

    That is a great accomplishment to not rely on the scale!!

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TYABSMOM 9/8/2010 10:14AM

    What a great blog. At 44, I've found my energy doubled since starting SparkPeople. I'm now able to keep up with my two teenagers, their activities and my own.

I've hit a plateau, not really loosing anything, but feeling stronger and happier. I think that's the best! My husband even noticed the difference in my attitude and attention to everyone in my family... even the cat and dog :)

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JANNENEMARIE 9/8/2010 10:13AM

  I can't wait until I feel the same way. Right now I'm avoiding the scale because it isn't going down. I'm sure that am probably loosing inches though.

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WEMINICH 9/8/2010 9:48AM

  Nice!

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LOSINGJWARD 9/8/2010 9:40AM

    Bravo to you! I hope to get there some day. As for today, I'm chained to the scale.

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MOMMY2JJN 9/8/2010 9:35AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! I started this journey to lose the weight, But!! I'm so happy to be eating healthy, and go for my morning walks, and just feel great!! Now, its not just about losing weight, its about feeling great!! The weight loss is now a bonus!! I too want to enjoy My Children growing up!! Now, when we go camping, I get to bike ride with them!! How cool is that!! emoticon

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ILOVEPEOPLE 9/8/2010 9:14AM

    You are right on! Great blog! emoticon

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IAMDESERVING 9/8/2010 8:37AM

    You go Girl!

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ANNIEDS 9/8/2010 7:11AM

    What a lovely blog! Beautifully written and SO true. emoticon

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ICEWOMAN57 9/8/2010 6:28AM

  Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoyed reading your blog. It was very enspiring. Thank You

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WINWIN1 9/8/2010 6:22AM

    Good for you! We all need to learn this lesson - well, I do anyway.

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EARLYSNOW 9/8/2010 1:36AM

    I decided to quit Weight Watchers for the same reason today. It's not good for my sense of well-being. I'm a lifetime member, but I ignore the points system because I don't like it and I have only been going once a month to maintain my membership. I have been realizing for a long time that WW doesn't make me feel good about myself. What's the difference if I went up a pound or a half a pound or a few ounces? Or 2 pounds? It may not mean anything at all. I don't want to be focused on pounds like that. Goodbye WW and points and pounds.

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MONKEYSNUFFER 9/8/2010 1:23AM

    For some reason, this made me cry. For me, it's always been about the numbers...i want to be 120, I want to be size 5 jeans....I don't know. I just feel really hollow now.

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DRB13_1 9/8/2010 12:39AM

    I realize I (like most people) also make the mistake of thinking of this endeavor as something I can "will" to do, and now realize what you have depicted so beautifully - it's REALLY about how we will BE in this life, to look outward & see how we are connected in the world. I truly appreciate your words and insight.
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ERIECANALGAL 9/8/2010 12:24AM

    Great blog! We could all take a lesson from you on letting go of the worrying about the weight on the scale.
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KILAROHNER 9/8/2010 12:23AM

    Just love this post. Very inspiring and exactly where I'd like to be! Thank you for sharing this.

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PANFRIEDTROUT 9/7/2010 11:44PM

    What a wonderful, penetrating blog! To be able to see beyond mere numbers a vision of LIFE; thank you so much.

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ANGELOO29 9/7/2010 10:52PM

    Awesome blog - perspective at its best. Thanks for sharing.

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SASSYSPARK37 9/7/2010 10:47PM

  WOW! WOW! WOW!! THank you! This was seriously one of the most beautiful blogs I have read! Thank you for really putting LIFE into persepective!!

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GIRLOBILL 9/7/2010 10:06PM

    Great blog! I'm thinking about losing the scale, too. :)

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MANDYMAC2 9/7/2010 7:55PM

    Your attitude is inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

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    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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The happiest day of my life!

Monday, August 30, 2010

It happened yesterday.

Nope, I didn't reach my goal weight, I still need to lose over 100lbs.
Nope, didn't finally make that dream trip to Japan.
Nope, didn't run a marathon(or a 5k for that matter).

I got...a new toy!!!



Hubby and I went to K-Mart yesterday to look for a B-day present for his dad. We walked in the door and at the front was a nice model exercise bike and treadmill on clearance for cheap, but still out of our price range. We kind of pouted about it, but decided to wander back to their exercise equipment section to see if there was anything else on sale. There was...oh yes, there was!

Yeah, it's a small elliptical machine, nothing fancy. I got it brand new though, and it's not something I thought I'd ever be able to afford for my home gym...but...K-mart had it on clearance for...get this: $25.

$25! I wouldn't have found one this cheap used at a yard sale or a thrift store! I'm not entirely sure why it's made me so happy. I used to use the elliptical at the gym (before I met hubby, had a baby, and lived too far from a decent gym to go to one), and I hated the thing. Well, actually, I had a love/hate relationship with it. I hated that I couldn't conquer it, that it bested me in ten minutes or so, I loved that my whole body had a pleasant ache to it a couple of hours afterwards.

The whole drive home I kept looking back to the trunk of our tiny car where we had it precariously bungee-corded into the trunk, I couldn't wait to get it home and try it out. I felt like I was carefully carting home my salvation. I *know* that it's just a piece of equipment, but somehow that doesn't make me less happy to have it sitting out in my living room now.

Oh yeah, and hubby has a home gym/weight thingy coming home for him tomorrow. That was a whopping $28. I can't help but think this is all that good karma we've built up coming back to us.

  
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LOVINGMYSELF101 2/11/2011 4:20PM

    I felt EXACTLY the same way when I got my recumbent bike!I had to save up to get it, and then got it on sale at Wal-mart, I felt so elated!!! I was near tears for what it represented, I cannot explain the mountain of hope it gave me. It is still my favorite, next to the treadmill, my own little home gym. I too have over a 100 lbs to lose, so I know how you feel.

I am on cloud nine myself, I am imagining my life, healthier, in a lighter body....we can do it!

(((HUGS))) -Rose

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 2:49PM

    Don't know about the "karma" thing, but you sure did get great buys ....but, ONLY if you USE them!!! emoticon emoticon Wishing you great success!

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CELEST 2/11/2011 1:17PM

    That is great. I love hearing about yard sales. We dont have those in South Africa. We only have 2nd hand shops, but even there the prices are loaded.
Congrats on your toy, hopefully it will look old and worn out soon from use.

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MOLKATSMOM 9/6/2010 9:37PM

    o. MG!!!! What an AMAZING deal!!!! Congrats on the fantastic find :-)

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LRSILVER 9/6/2010 7:27PM

    it is so great that exercising can make you happy. great deal on the bike

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JESSIELOVE78 9/6/2010 1:28PM

    Awesome deal!!! I love good deal like that. emoticon

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NETHERAI 9/6/2010 1:24PM

    Yep, right there that way I can exercise while I let my lil' one zone out to Blue's Clues or my hubby is watching something.

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JCWATL 9/6/2010 12:15PM

    I think you have that elliptical parked behind the couch witha view of the tv. Is that right? That is EXACTLY what my house always looked like growing up. My mom was a fanatic and there were always 3 or 4 pieces of cardio equipment lined up behind the couch. It instilled great habits for me for life...I bet you do the same for your kids!

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FOOFIE17 9/5/2010 11:45PM

    great blog! emoticon

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SPARKANN 9/5/2010 2:43AM

    Wow!!! What a great deal!!! emoticon

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LADYSENNA 8/30/2010 1:37PM

    Nice bargain! Good luck with it!

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DWILCZKO 8/30/2010 1:37PM

  cool!

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MAMAOFFAITH 8/30/2010 1:34PM

    Wow! I am proud, healthy and thrifty- you are speaking my language....now to make sure that doesn't become a $25 clothing rack :) Good luck and enjoy!

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A bear?!?!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I was up with my daughter twice to feed her last night (I breastfeed, so there's no "make hubby do it" option), so I let myself get up at seven instead of six this morning. I was dressed and out the door by ten after seven, and honestly surprised I hadn't found some reason not to go. I've gotten to the point in my life where I HATE being up early, and being up early to exercise when I could be sleeping in? You've got to be kidding.

I didn't expect to do much running, I'm well aware that I'm too out of shape to do much more than a few sprints here and there right now. I was going to power-walk and maybe do a couple of sprints at a good interval between them. I'd just finished my first sprint when the sudden urge to turn the opposite direction and go at a full run as fast as I could towards my house hit me.

Nope, this wasn't a surge of energy due to me working towards a goal or anything like that. It was the rustling in the trees by my side and the movement of something big and shaggy that made me run. I'm mostly a city girl at heart, I love living out here in the country, but I'm just not used to such a rural area. So when I saw something big crashing through the brush towards me, my brain said, "BEAR!! RUN!!!" and I did. What I was supposed to do if I encountered a bear slipped my mind and I only ran faster, though I was sure running wasn't what I was supposed to do.

I ran like a chicken, I'm sure I looked silly. My body doesn't remember how to run. My arms flail and my feet move at odd angles, completely out of sync with each other. At that moment though, I could have cared less, my mind was telling me that I was running for my life. In retrospect it was probably just a dog, but hey, it gave me a good workout.

I was exhausted after my heart rate returned to normal and ended up laying down for a while. I'm now experiencing actual muscle fatigue. It's been a while since I got in a good enough workout to feel both tired and sore afterwards. That just goes to show that running is exactly what I needed to do.

  


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