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Karen's Chronicles - October 23, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I continue with a FABULOUS month of October!!! I have been inspired by friends, SP Friends and those who don't Spark. I've been inspired by compliments and by my own performance. So, let's see how it breaks down...

Food: emoticon emoticon emoticon
I ate at the low end or under my calories every day of the last 7 including Saturday when we went to Red Lobster for my son's 15 year b-day dinner out. I can honestly say 2 things about the experience; first, the experience was a little hard because I had visibly lots less food then others at the table. Second, I planned ahead, I knew what I wanted to hit for calories and fat, I stuck with chicken and shrimp and a salad, no soup, no dessert. Price wise it was cheaper for me to buy a 4 course meal and give the soup and dessert to my son, so I did.

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I exercised hard this week. I worked out 4 of the 5 weeknights and I've kept at it on the weekends. This week consisted of elliptical, Jillian Michael's shred DVD twice, I climbed stairs at the high school stadium (up, not so hard. down, very hard) and I walked. So worked out 6 of 7 days...

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I did weigh one morning this week and it was a depressing step on the scale so I didn't log it, I didn't need the downer. However, today is Sunday and I did weigh...and I gained 1.6 pounds this week. I'm attributing this to a lot of ST and perhaps eating too few calories. We'll see.

Water was good, that's NEVER a problem for me... emoticon

I feel pretty good physically. I got a couple of compliments this week...my husband, who knows me and my body pretty well, said he had never seen me with such definition in my calves as I have now! That's nice, that means I am making progress in finding those muscles under the fat. Also, at work, my staff are telling me that I look more "streamlined" and they can tell my butt is smaller...that's definitely a good thing! I work with all women, they can notice my butt!

Blessings to my co-Sparkers! Let's finish October strong, strong, strong! We can do it!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MRS_TOAD 10/26/2011 9:47AM

    You are truly working the program! Congratulations!

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/25/2011 5:55PM

    well done for making the spark choices, we've been sparking for 9 months and you have learned things along the way
best wishes, Sandra

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CHUBRUB3 10/24/2011 10:45AM

    Your doing great Karen! And you are so right not to focus on the scale.
It will all come together.
Hugs,
Angela


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DIVINEPRINCESS 10/24/2011 9:14AM

    I'm not doing it nearly as strong as you are, but I am inspired by you and very, very proud of you. You're showing that this journey we're on is indeed a lifestyle change, not just something we do "hit or miss".

You incorporated your son's birthday celebration and stayed on course. The habits you've spent so much time and energy in establishing are now paying off for you. You may have had visibly less food on your plate but that should have been an eye opener to everyone that food portions in America are crazy! Yours was the norm, not the exception...though it seemed the other way around.

And working out 6 out of 7 days is admirable. And to have your husband and co-workers (people who see you regularly) tell you that your hard work and efforts are noticeable has got to be a great boost for you.

Keep it up, KareBear. We love what you're doing.
Miss Divine

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DOING-IT4ME 10/23/2011 11:48PM

    emoticonDespite the scale, it sounds like you did everything right and you definitely have a positive attitude with which to continue your journey - good for you!!!

Best to you on your continuing journey!
~Jill

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LUV2RUN72 10/23/2011 11:16PM

    Yay Karen! emoticon emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/23/2011 10:42PM

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You have really risen to the October challenge to make it awesome!

Loved reading all your successes! Keep it up Karen!!!

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EBEAMS 10/23/2011 10:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are doing incredible! I can tell the difference since I met you in Sept! I was delighted to see you Saturday morning and am looking forward to more fun times together! Keep up your awesome work ... I think you are FABULOUS!

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Week in Review - Karen's Chronicles

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Catchy Title, huh? I was thinking of "Karen's Khronicles" but that seemed almost cheesy! emoticon

This week was an interesting one. emoticon

Food: I ate under my calories 6 days this week. Under my minimum calories. This really isn't what I intended when I set this goal in October, I was aiming for the low end of my range, not under my range completely. My range is 1400-1750 and I ate 1015-1312. I have to work harder on having a snack mid afternoon to get me there. This is doable. emoticon

I also said NO days over my range. Well, I decided to join my family for Chinese food delivery on Saturday night and I ate in dinner more than my upper range. I guess, given the rest of the week, this is ok.

Exercise: I worked out Saturday morning, I 'only' did cardio, no ST since I worked out so hard. emoticon

As for 5 week nights per week, that did not happen, I missed working out T, W and Th, life got in the way with surgeries, concerts, piano lessons, parent/teacher conferences, etc. This next week will be better on this - consistency matters. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Weighing: I'd gotten in the habit of getting on the scale every day. I broke that habit. I weighed this morning and had lost .8 pounds, not as much as I'd hoped but given a huge number of calories in Chinese food last night, what did I expect?!!!!! emoticon emoticon

So, how do I feel? I feel pretty good. I'm happy to see a loss on the scale, I'm happy to see the fitness minutes that are adding up this month, my food choices have been good, just not enough of them...every thing that I need to do is completely within my reach.

My plan going forward...I've been checking out Body Rock and have started some of the exercises, they are VERY challenging...and I know I want to run, so I'm checking out Couch to 5K - I'm certainly not at 'couch' stage, I've been moving pretty good this year, but I'm not at 5K either - so, it's exciting, there's work to be done! Gotta run...tee hee emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LUV2RUN72 10/21/2011 9:57AM

    I like the emoticon! emoticon

Way to go Karen! Great job! emoticon

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BETTA13 10/21/2011 12:04AM

    Keep it up, you're doing something right.
I expect to see Karen's Chronicles Vol 2 next, right?
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MRS_TOAD 10/18/2011 8:49AM

    You may not have met all your goals, but you did fantastic. Acknowledging both our successes and our slip-ups is a huge part of learning. I am so proud of you! Keep up the great work!

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SWTBLOND05 10/17/2011 11:02PM

    Awesome blog! I think its a good idea to take some time and review our week and see what we can improve. I am starting C25k this week- I look forward to seeing you accomplish it as well!

I definitely admire your positive attitude- Keep up the great work!

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WATERMELLEN 10/17/2011 9:18PM

    Great blog: you are really persisting with your plan!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/17/2011 4:06PM

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DIVINEPRINCESS 10/17/2011 9:50AM

    KareBear- I love how you "khronicled" your week. What a motivator for you--and for us.

When you write it all down like this, it's easy to see where you're doing well, where you need to tweak your plan, where your weaknesses are, etc...and then you know what to adjust for the next week. And you lost 8 pounds!!!!! emoticon That's my girl!
Miss Divine

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SANDYDOLLAR201 10/17/2011 8:21AM

    Great successes all around, you are doing wonderfully!
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LVMAMAW 10/16/2011 11:18PM

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I say GOOD WEEK!! Congrats on the loss and keep up the good work!!

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/16/2011 10:34PM

    What a successful week you had Karen! Yeah for you!!!!
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I'm betting the Chinese did bother the scale a tiny bit with the sodium, but at least it was in the right direction...down!
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Nice hearing someone truly tells themself "completely within my reach!" As you know...I'm working on another stronghold but I so want to be able to say what you just did boldly.
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EBEAMS 10/16/2011 9:53PM

    Hip hip hurray for you! This journey isn't about perfection, it's about progress! Sometimes realizing where you are in the big scheme of things is the most important thing! Life won't wait for us to arrange ourselves to the universe so it leaves us to cope with whatever comes up! I think you did great! Keep up the fabulous work, my dear! I'm so impressed with you!

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Blood, Sweat and no Tears

Saturday, October 15, 2011

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One of my goals for October is to work out on Saturday in the morning instead of evening like I usually do...so this morning, I set out for a walk. 4.5 miles in 60 minutes was my goal, I greased my feet, set out strong...about a mile in I considered shortening my route, but quickly decided that I really wanted to make the 4.5 miles. I've done it before, but I didn't work out every evening this week like I wanted so I really wanted to make the goal. emoticon emoticon

I sweat, I mean I really, really sweat when I work out. I knew I'd have to jog some to make the time of 60 minutes, so I did. I ran on the sidewalk, I ran part of the trail. I got to the half way point and I was at 33 minutes. I knew I'd REALLY have to push it to make the other half in less than my out time...I pushed, I pushed really hard. I continued to walk and run. I felt a little heat on my left foot, the same spot I usually blister. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I got home, 4.5 miles later but it took me 69 minutes. I had some times at different places in the route, I logged my fitness based on those times/distances. 15 minute miles at the beginning at the end, but 1.5 at 17 minutes per mile in the middle...I was home about 5 minutes and I started tasting blood...weird, I know. I've tasted blood once or twice before after working out, today I decided to see if I was crazy so I looked it up on the internet...

Tasting blood after working out is not really a good thing. It's called "exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage" and it's not a terrible thing unless you cough up blood...which I haven't done. I've never seen blood, just tasted it. It's just pushing a little too hard in the cardio.

So, like I said in my status, it wasn't horrible and it wasn't great. I want to run, it's still really hard for me but I want to run. I'm going to run. I just need to work up to it, perhaps more slowly than I have been. emoticon> emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LUV2RUN72 10/21/2011 9:45AM

    Sorry this is sooo after the fact. Way to go on getting out there.

Be careful! Maybe build up your base mileage and time more slowly. 4.5 miles in 60 minutes as a goal is a big big big goal to start with. That is a lot of mileage and a really fast pace. I think I walked 18 -20 minute miles for a few months before I increased speed much. Definitely talk to your doctor. Take care of yourself!

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DIVINEPRINCESS 10/18/2011 2:02PM

    Now, Kare Bear. I mean, really. We need to re-evaluate your workout plan. I'm all for you being fit and healthy and setting and meeting goals--and running, if that's truly what you want to do---but I'm casting my vote for (1) seeing your physician, (2) slowing down, (3) listening to your body, and (4) aiming to be more like the tortoise than the hare. I want you, my friend, healthy, but I also want you around for a good long time.



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NEWKAREN43 10/16/2011 10:24PM

    Thank you everyone. I too am a bit concerned about tasting blood and what it said on the internet when I read about it. I read about it on LiveStrong so I know it was good information. I've had some little twinges of 'sort of pain' when I've breathed really deep today...but I'm not really worried. I haven't tasted any blood since right after I was working out...then I rested up, cooled off, took a shower and took a nap and I've really taken care of myself since. I think I'm fine. I will talk to the doc when I see her but more than that, I will look into working my way into running slower than I have been. Patience is really not my thing, that's why God teaches me patience more than other people! He loves me and He wants me to be fit, and patient!!! Yikes! Convicted!

Love you all, you are all just encouraging me and building me up, building my faith and helping me build my body. I have the most wonderful, greatest support system here on SP. Thank you all. K.

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BETTA13 10/16/2011 7:45PM

    You should definitely talk to your Dr about that when you see him next.
Isn't it hard to recognize we can't just take off like we are kids? The body sometimes won't cooperate! But we can still do SOMETHING. Maybe just in a different way then we were planning. You will be able to run a lot some day I am sure if you lay a good foundation first. For me, it is getting some more weight off so my knees don't yell at me and make my life miserable! So I walk for now.
Be good to your body Karen....and it will be good to you emoticon
Hope your feeling better tonight.
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SANDYDOLLAR201 10/16/2011 7:25PM

    Good for you for going the distance, but scary about the tasting blood part. I would definitely mention to the doctor and perhaps slow it down a bit, you'll get there!
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CHUBRUB3 10/16/2011 12:18PM

    Karen, you take care of yourself. I know exercise is, but maybe you need to try something a little easier on you. Tasting blood sounds scary!
Hugs,
Angela


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MRS_TOAD 10/16/2011 8:50AM

    Thanks for the info on "exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage." I have never heard anything about this. Have you discussed this with your doctor? Have you discussed your exercise routine with your doctor? This sounds like it could be your body's way of asking you to slow down....maybe???? I so don't want you to get sidelined with an injury after all the hard work you have put in. You are doing such a great job. Be gentle with yourself.

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GIANTMICROBE 10/16/2011 8:32AM

    LOVE the title of your blog! I'm going to have to remember that, make it one of my mantras.

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PURESTILLWATER 10/16/2011 12:42AM

    You did wonderful. Way to go

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LVMAMAW 10/15/2011 11:56PM

    Wow! I would have cut it short and gone home!! I stand in awe!!

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GINGERMACC 10/15/2011 10:32PM

    You're my hero. Great job!! :)

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EBEAMS 10/15/2011 10:26PM

    It sounds like you might be right. Have you tried the Couch to 5k? It is a running program that eases you into running instead of having you jump right into running. And 4.5 miles is a LONG run/walk. Good for you in the spirit of your goals but make sure you aren't hurting yourself now in the beginning. That will slow down the entire process! And, Karen ... I am hugely proud of you! Having the will to succeed is one of the most important ingredients! emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/15/2011 10:22PM

    Glad you looked into it so you know to work up to this a bit slower. But...hey! You made it the whole way!

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JOABEHR 10/15/2011 10:22PM

    Good for you! emoticon For Your Hard work emoticon You will see great results emoticon

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Greasy Feet Two and Weekly Review

Sunday, October 09, 2011

First, I need to clear up a misunderstanding about Greasy Feet...it is vaseline and NEOSPORIN, not hydrocortisone cream...you see, these are very different products and I thank those of you who questioned why hydrocortisone. SKINNYRADLE, one of my future running partners, cleared this up. The vaseline is for lubrication of the feet and the neosporin is for healing any problems that you have on your feet. emoticon

Second, several SP friends have started updating their previous weeks. I thought that was a good accountability tool so I've decided to do the same, Thanks DETERMINEDJANET and EBEAMS!

Goal 1 - Stay at the low end of my calorie range 5 days per week and have no days over the the range.
Reality - Whew, I stayed in the lower half of the range 5 days, and in the upper part of the range 2 days but no days over. emoticon

Goal 2 - Work out 5 weeknights per week.
Reality - Hm, I worked out 4 weeknights but also last Sunday and yesterday, Saturday. Odd thing, I missed Monday, the night I met up with my SP Friends! That was worth it!

Goal 3 - I will work out on Saturdays in the morning, instead of evening.
Reality - I did not work out Saturday morning, I did work out Saturday evening though. emoticon

Goal 4 - I will weigh myself only on Sunday.
Reality - I weighed this morning and lost 2.6 pounds!! emoticon

I would say that this was a successful week! A very good start to 31 days of success in October!

Blessings on your week.
Karen

  
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MRS_TOAD 10/11/2011 9:09AM

    Well done! Keep up the great work!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 10/11/2011 6:57AM

    You are doing great!

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/11/2011 3:25AM

    just shows that consistency wins the day, well done and keep going!
best wishes, Sandra

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BETTA13 10/10/2011 1:33AM

    Yay!! Good job on the goal-setting...GREAT job on DOING THEM!

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SHIHJABO 10/9/2011 9:59PM

    Yea, for you , Karen. I KNOW you wer glad to see that scale move. Keep up the good work.
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DETERMINEDJANET 10/9/2011 9:40PM

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So glad to see your successes from the week! And a big WHOO HOO on the weight loss Karen!!!!

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EBEAMS 10/9/2011 9:35PM

    Congratulations ... On getting greasy feet AND on losing 2.6 pounds! Good job sticking with your goals almost perfectly ... and yes, us all getting together WAS DELIGHTFUL! Hope you are re-energized to keep the upward momentum ... you can do it! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/9/2011 7:11PM

    Well done you!!

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Greasy Feet

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Strange name for a blog? My Nampa - Caldwell SP friends know just about exactly what I'm going to say here...

Tonight I took a walk, 3.2 miles, still 15 minutes per mile, but that's ok, right gang??? Because the real question is, 'Did Karen get blisters on her feet?' and the answer is "NO"!!!!!!

The answer to my blister issue seems to be 'greasy feet'. My SP friends at our monthly, in-person huddle suggested that I make a slurry of vasoline and hydrocortisone cream and slather it on my feet, put on my socks and walk. The benefits are the most wonderfully soft feet you've ever felt AND no blisters while walking! I pray this will get me *back on my feet*, walking now and running soon. I'm going to put a little anti-fungal in my foot slurry. emoticon

I'm planning on a much, much longer walk with interval running this weekend. I just pray my greasy feet will remain blister free. Thank you N-C Sparkers! I might be your first cured patient! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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EBEAMS 10/9/2011 9:37PM

    Love the "slurry" ... welcome to the squishy feet squad! emoticon emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 10/7/2011 8:51AM

    I have to keep this in mind. I, too, have an issue with blisters despite different socks, changing shoes... Thanks.

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PURESTILLWATER 10/6/2011 1:45PM

    that is a great title and a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/6/2011 10:47AM

    will you be singing Paul Simon's "slip-sliding away"?
if a home remedy works then who's going to complain?
best wishes, Sandra

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SHIHJABO 10/6/2011 9:17AM

    Can't wait to try it. But why the hydrocortisone?

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BETTA13 10/6/2011 12:05AM

    Haha...yeah, saw that one coming...but I DID IT TOO! I forgot to put the vaseline on today (did it yesterday) and I have to say my feet were sorer today than yesterday and I didn't walk as far or have a loaded backpack. SO...I'd say that vaseline treatment is great.
But I still want to get new thicker socks too. Gotta baby my feet since I use/abuse them so much.
Yippee! I'm so glad you are out here walking too! Hopefully you missed the downpour.

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/5/2011 10:54PM

    emoticon Karen! I must admit we had some good laughs over this concoction the other night in our in-person huddle, but glad it works! Wonder what my weekend roomie would think if I slathered up before our walk to the train in Portland and then to the arena? LOL I could really use the smoother feet right now...so rough from summer sandals.

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LUV2RUN72 10/5/2011 10:09PM

    emoticon for no blisters!!!

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CHUBRUB3 10/5/2011 10:03PM

    Had to wonder at the title, but all is clear now.
Wish I knew this recipe for when I walked Italy.
Great job and happy feet!
Hugs,
Angela
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DIVINEPRINCESS 10/5/2011 10:00PM

    Way to go, KareBear! Just don't start slipping and sliding in your walking shoes and hurt yourself!!!!!!!!

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SHEILA-45 10/5/2011 9:59PM

    Sounds interesting. Will have to try that mix with the next pair of new running shoes. Thx for the info! emoticon

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