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My 100 lb weight loss journey

Sunday, January 30, 2011


This is a slideshow presentation of my journey so far and how I got started running. I hope you like it.

I started my journey May of 2008. After losing 50 lbs on my own, I was laid off. Over a course of 4 months, I regained 20 lbs. After getting back to work, I struggled. I finally enlisted the help of a personal trainer and got back on track. This is my story.

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    awesome I enjoyed it gave me new hope Thank you for sharing it ...

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BBMOM68 7/26/2012 8:07AM

  Fantastic story...thanks for sharing it and showing me that it is possible if you just believe you can! emoticon

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SUPERKHAN 7/16/2012 11:40AM

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH! I love your story! Awww man, I couldn't stop smiling. Congratulations on your weight loss. You worked so hard and look at you! Your fabulous. Keep on moving and motivating.

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SEANSMOM99 6/8/2012 9:13PM

    Awesome!!!

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CATHIESOTHIN 6/6/2012 8:10PM

  Excellent journey, thanks for sharing, You look sooo happy and healthy!!!! Keep on your journey

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WWRIGHT707395 6/2/2012 3:39PM

    very inspiring....just what I needed....thanks for sharing. emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 5/22/2012 9:42AM

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AWOOD1973 5/3/2012 6:10AM

    You are a superstar!! Wow, what an AWESOME video, and so inspiring. I hope that you continue doing what you are doing, because judging by the smiles in your video...IT'S WORKING!!!! :)
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EVERNON3 4/25/2012 10:59AM

  I just joined today and yours was the first video I watched. I feel inspired.
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DCRAIGIE1 4/19/2012 10:37AM

  I have just joined sparkpeople this week. I have found so many helpful things that I don't even have enough time in a day to read everything. It is like a bottomless pit of exciting help and encouragement.

Your video is a masterpiece of allowing us to join you in your journey of better health, weightloss and perseverence. Congratulations on your success , wow, what an inspirational video. Thank You

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CONNIEMAKS5 4/18/2012 11:40PM

    Amazing!! I WILL start believing in myself! You have inspired me!!
Thank you so much for sharing!

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JULIE_1110 4/17/2012 7:15PM

  Wow, thanks for sharing your success story. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the great work!

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JACQUI1963 4/9/2012 9:58AM

  wow your video is SO INSPIRATIONAL thank you SO MUCH XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX emoticon

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MCOLON21 4/6/2012 8:53PM

  I was truly inspired by your journey to bringing your true self out. It is an amazing story of courage I know how happy you and your family must feel. Continue the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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LOVEREDDESERT 4/4/2012 11:26PM

    Thank you - loved this!!!
What a true inspiration!!

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KAHSCA 3/19/2012 12:16AM

    Your journey is sooooo inspiring! Thank you....and keep up the amazing work! emoticon

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LADYDY11 3/16/2012 3:11PM

    This is really a emoticon emoticon "on 2 victory"! emoticon for sharing your emoticon video. Your victory has really inspired me and has increased my faith and confidence in myself to pursue a desire of my heart that I had given up on. I always wanted to learn how to emoticon, but I allowed my weight and other health issues to emoticon me in the past, but it's a new day and it's a new me, "The real me" is back and I will no longer be a prisoner in my own body and I will no longer deprive myself of doing anything that I desire to do for any reason. I am going to emoticon! emoticon emoticon you're the emoticon!!!

P.S. This song is powerful. I never heard it before, I love it. I must add this to my collection. Who is this song by?

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SHELTERED1 3/13/2012 1:22PM

    What a wonderful, wonderful testimony. I'm proud of you. Keep up the great job. emoticon emoticon

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LASTGOAROUND 3/10/2012 4:42PM

    I have been blessed and inspired by your video blog! Thank you so much for sharing!

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KAYLYNN2150 3/4/2012 12:20AM

  What an inspiration. You've inspired me...
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MLATTIMORE 2/21/2012 11:44AM

    So much inspiration! I am inspired to make it through another day; I was about ready to quit!!! Thank you so much! You don't know how much I needed to see this video. I must be reminded that I am not in this alone and that I have Sparkpeople to help me get through this. Everyone out there remember that it is so important to stay connected with Spark. Log in everyday and just read about someone's struggles, Please. This will keep you going strong!

Marcia

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CHOCOLATINA0209 2/14/2012 11:22PM

  GREAT JOB!!!I was addicted to running also and that's how I used to keep in shape when I was younger and used to live in NY snow or rain I would run.

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NAMEWITHHELD 2/7/2012 3:53PM

    I started crying as I watched this.I realized the belief in ourselves is the most important part of losing and keeping the weight off.Thank You for telling your story.

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SBNORMAL 1/27/2012 12:19AM

  Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful story of achievement.

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TAMBO332 1/15/2012 2:08PM

    emoticon Amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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SUSIE@2 1/9/2012 1:46PM

    You are amazing! I am walking now, but want to train for a 5K in a few months.

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MARTINA30284 12/29/2011 11:30PM

  Wow! I signed up today to Sparkpeople. Still taking it all in trying to figure things out. Thank you. You are definitely an inspiration!

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MIKKIBENNING 12/29/2011 6:57PM

    That was great, you are a true inspiration!!!!!

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ROGER_SNOOPY 12/26/2011 11:27AM

    Wow...you are truly an inspiration for me, great job ...

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LUMINOUSINTENT 12/19/2011 12:06PM

  Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration!

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    you brought me to tears! Congratulations! emoticon

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TINASDUNWELL 12/17/2011 8:59AM

  OK - I admit - cynical me just clicked on the video link thinking, 'hey, it beats going to the kitchen to wash dishes' *yawns*

By the time I finished watching this, I had tears in my eyes. You look so happy when running, that's beautiful.

Thanks for sharing this.


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BUDSNRAINA 12/7/2011 9:21AM

    Thank you for inspiring me today - when I needed it most!! You are amazing!!

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PINKLULU5 12/5/2011 2:21PM

  WOW, Thanks for the encouragement.

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HANNAHSUCCEEDS 11/27/2011 9:50PM

    Wow!!! Congratualtions!! You look fantastic!

Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us,
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GOSPELCLOWN 11/24/2011 10:58AM

    You prove that it takes self respect and dedication. You are living the life you deserve-- WELL DONE!

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TAURUSDIAMOND 11/22/2011 9:58AM

  Thanks for sharing, very uplifting, "I will not let the past dictate my future".

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  emoticonWhat positive message yo have giving me. I can do it and dont let the pass dictate your future... Thanks for your blog.. emoticon emoticon

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AMBLESSED247 10/23/2011 2:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon...Thats all I can say after reading your story. You have surely inspired me!!!

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SHEILA8383 9/26/2011 11:28AM

    Wow! I loved your, "running is the ultimate expression of my freedom from obesity". Very powerful! I can't wait till I have enough weight off of my knees to begin jogging & running. Thank you for sharing. Love, Light & Peace

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  Wonderful journey! Congratulations on your success!! emoticon

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KNITTYKITTY01 9/19/2011 4:02PM

    emoticon Very Inspiring. Just signed up for my first 5K in 20 years (and 100 pounds ago). You are an inspiration to all of us.

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LASTGOAROUND 9/17/2011 12:44AM

    Awesome video.........way to go!

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EDBDFARMWIFE 9/12/2011 12:58PM

    Wow. Made me cry. This is my first day, and your blog was exactly what I needed. THANK YOU!!!

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AMIRA-EZZ-ELDIN 8/31/2011 7:37PM

  Wow! You look so fit and in control. one hundred pounds! This is unbelievable. You are really an amazing person. How inspiring is your story. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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DOLLMAKER521 8/18/2011 9:28PM

    What a wonderful inspiration... Thank you... It is very encouraging for me... I know I can do it... Thanks so much.

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A fine line...

Friday, January 28, 2011

There is a fine line between dedication to a goal and being too stubborn to quit. I took a hard look at where I am at with training for this upcoming Spring Marathon and i am not ready at all. The biggest hinderance is the weather where I am at. You can only do so much on a treadmill. You need serious road time to properly train and due to injuries and illness, I would be stupid to try.

The Marathon is in May and about late March would be the earliest I could expect to hit the bricks. Add in recovering (still) from asthmatic bronchitus and there is just no way.

I am not upset about this. Rehab is expensive and big bills await those who are ego driven. Fortunately I am not driven by ego. I would rather run a powerful Half Marathon and walk away with victory or I can limp through a Marathon, collect my "survivors medal" and spend the next 3 months trying to recover. You cant fix stupid. A man has to know his limitations.

Rather, I am looking to take on this challenge in the Fall. It is up in the air whether I will run the Chicago Marathon or go back home to Rochester NY to run the Rochester Marathon. I havent seen my family since my mom passed away 10 years ago....I think its time to go home.

Actually this is a no brainer. Rochester it is. My Dad passed away when I was in my mid 20's and my mom passed away when I was 29. They kept her alive on life support just so I could fly in and have a chance to say goodbye. I still remember signing the authorization to pull the plug. It was a painful experience. The one person who embodied unconditional love, gone. All that is left of my immediate family is my sister. I am very familiar with the high cost of poor health and a lack of fitness.

For those that know me or care to know me, I work an insane schedule and am always too busy. Life doesnt stop and offer a coffee break. I need to make myself take the time or I will be the loser.

  
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LYDILOS 2/1/2011 2:35AM

    Sounds like the plan is B. You'll be glad for your choice. You are right, I'd much rather make a smarter athletic decision instead of a stupid one.

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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2011 7:29PM

    This is sensible and sane. So you are not only inspiring (that amazing video): you're really taking care of yourself in a way that works.

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SURYAH 1/30/2011 12:46AM

    Congratulations on passing your certification. I lost my father to a massive heart attack
at the ripe old age of 47 years. But thankfully I still have my mother who is going on 76 years.
Keep doing what you are doing. I use to care for a little Jewish lady. Her entire family including
parents died extremely young and lived fast wreck-less lives. She told me and I quote; I quit
believing it was in my genes to die young after I passed the age of 80. She lived to be 99 years
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DARLENEK04 1/29/2011 9:46PM

  Sorry for the loss of your parents. Is your sister in NY?

My daughter is having an Asthma incident right now, and I think her dr. waited too long
to put her on antibiotics, now she thinks she has pneumonia. So I can sympathize with
you.

I don't know how old you are, but getting in shape is one of the best things you can do
for yourself. But as to the working yourself into the ground...well, that is what you are
doing, so you need to lighten up and slow down just a little and take some time for you
to enjoy your life....spend time with the sister.....sad to say, my son and daughter do not
get on together, and rarely talk...

Take care of you,
Darlene

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MIMOTOGO 1/29/2011 8:03PM

    So sorry for your losses but you have it right on point! You have to be the master of your own reality and it sounds like you are on point! Go with your gut and take care of yourself. Keep on Sparking!

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AMYSTRONG 1/29/2011 7:15PM

    It a wonderful thing to put yourself first and it's not a selfish thing to do. You're a smart man to see the reality of the situation and set new goals. Sometimes we have to do that and it doesn't mean we're a failure. Only you know what you're capable of. Stay strong and keep taking good care of yourself because the world is definitely better with you in it.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/29/2011 5:41PM

   
Wise words and choices my friend. Maybe when you come to Rochester we can say hi midway...and we will both be fitter and healthier.

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CBAILEYC 1/29/2011 4:59PM

    That's all part of our healthy lifestyle, right? Being wise about what your body can and cannot do is a very important lesson we all need to learn. It's much better to learn it BEFORE we hurt ourselves!

Keep on keepin' on!
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KAMAPERRY 1/29/2011 12:35PM

    You are so wise! emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/29/2011 10:14AM

    You will do great! It is good that you are able to see that maybe waiting for a later one will be okay. I wish you the best of luck and know that you will train the best you can for the time being.

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RHONDALYN10 1/29/2011 9:58AM

    I think Rochester is going to be a memorable event for you - it will bring out many different emotions. Better to run a marathon with meaning than to do one just to do it and then be injured.

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DAVEYSHADOW 1/29/2011 8:44AM

    emoticon decisions like this can be so hard to make. You are right to be realistic and set achievable goals.



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SCHNEBL 1/29/2011 8:03AM

    Robert,
I am so glad you have made these decisions! I am proud of you and happy that you are going to run a STRONG marathon in the fall AT HOME. No matter where we live, where we grew up with our parents is home. Good for you!

GSARTOR and I were foiled again with crazy bad weather. No 5k outside for us today. I understand your frustration about not being able to get out and run outside....argh! We have decided to give up on the outdoor runs until spring and try to build better times in the gym on the treadmill.

A man who knows his limitations is a wise man indeed!

Louise



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CELEST 1/29/2011 7:56AM

    You are making a lot of sense on a lot of levels. Hope you enjoy your trip home, despite the losses.

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REMEMBER2BME 1/29/2011 7:00AM

    Such a smart man. YOu do what you feel is best. That my dear is the right decision. No doubt you will still push yourself. I know you have many goals in that head of yours. But you did have me worries there for a while or doing so much when sick. We all have to remember this is FUN right? No reason to work ourselves silly. You know we are with you no matter what.

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NESTLEGAL 1/29/2011 6:29AM

    I think you're making a good choice by going home. I'm sure it's hard going and your parents not being there, but it sounds like you have other family members left and no one is promised tomorrow. Enjoy reminiscing about your parents, sharing stories, and making new memories. Don't forget to take your camera and take plenty of pics to remind you of the past as well to record the new memories you make. I had to pull the plug on my father about 6 years ago, and although it's not easy, you know they wouldn't want to stay here and be in the shape they're in. Keep your head up, take care of yourself so you can get better. It sounds like you've got a lot going on, but if you don't have your health, you've lost a lot. Good luck on whatever marathon you do. I know you'll do your best! You've come a long way, and this too will get better! emoticon

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SLPCOWGAL72 1/29/2011 5:28AM

    Robert, it sounds like you have thought things through and have come to some solid, good-for-you decisions. I'm sorry you lost your parents so early in your life. Even though I've only run 5K's and 1 10-miler to this point, for me running a race in honor of someone/something or in memory of someone (for me, it's my mom) really raises things to another level. "Going home", literally and figuratively, is very powerful stuff. I wish you all the best in your training for your first marathon. I'm sure your parents are very proud of you, and you can be proud of how far you've come and the goals you've set for your future!

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ELAOPET 1/29/2011 5:22AM

    I could not be more proud of you now! A man does not need excuses to do the right thing. A man does it and you just did. Realising that you are not ready now is not about knowing your limitations. I believe you just grew and opened your eyes to new truths. You keep building that body of yours up and the strength will come and so shall the fun of the journey. I too have to remind myself that less then 10 months ago I was morbidly obese - it is impossible to rebuild the body in such a short time, and impossible to reset your mind - it's a process and I am doing great! And so are you!
Go. take a breather.
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MINNA72 1/29/2011 5:04AM

    Good luck to you, Robert, whichever race you decide to do! Wishing you all the best in your recovery as well.

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WONDERJUL 1/29/2011 12:38AM

    Always enjoy your blogs and tonight is no exception. Love how you seemed to come to a decision as you were sharing your choices. Yes, it sounds like a good time for you to go home. And you are doing the right thing by not pushing yourself too far too soon. There are more marathons and half marathons than any of us can ever run--pick one with the timing that is best for you.
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LOGOULD 1/29/2011 12:08AM

    For what it's worth, I think you are making some very wise decisions. You have nothibg to prove to anyone by pushing yourself and risking injury which could leave you unable to run for the majority of the season or longer. There are many races to be won in life....we have to pick those that are wise for each of us given our place at that time. So far as your race later in the year, once again, I think you've made the right choice. We'd love to have you come run with us up here in Chicago, but Rochester is the more important race for yu at your time and place in life. If you should ever make it up here around Chicago though, let us know...maybe we can run together!

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DARKTHOR 1/28/2011 11:33PM

    Make time for the things that are important to you and make sure one of them is you! Life is just too short, fill it up with incredible things.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 1/28/2011 11:31PM

    Robert. I think you are in a unique situation, knowing where you live, and I agree with you, you should not run any marathons in May without proper training even though you may find days UP there where you can run outdoors.

I think one of the keys to success is careful planning of the season, and take everything into account, and I think you are doing a great job of that. I also think before you get into serious training, you need to rid yourself of the asthmatic bronchitis.

I agree with you on the full vs. half marathons. A full marathon is not just a double half. It is a lot more than that. Yes, I have 6 full marathons under my belt since 2007, but I had my reasons, and it was not my ego. It was called charity. I don't particularly care for them for a number of reasons. However, the half marathon distance is a great distance, and I run it regularly both for training and as events.

One thing to consider (Rochester vs Chicago) would be to be in your home town and perhaps run the event in honor of your mom and dad. It then give so much more meaning to do that distance. Just a thought.

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CM_GARDNER78 1/28/2011 10:43PM

    I'm where you're at with being ego driven....not knowing when to say ENOUGH or NO just because I should! Great thought...I hadn't considered that before. I think it would be a wonderful thing to go home and hit it hard! What a great thing! Whatever you do - you will do the best thing for yourself.

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AMOHAME2 1/28/2011 10:24PM

    I will admit to being somewhat ego driven. "Too stubborn to quit" pretty much describes me to a tee and I KNOW it's something I need to work on. I think you've made a wise choice! It takes a lot of strength, courage and smarts to realize when you've just bitten off a little more than you can realistically chew, and take a step back. A Fall marathon will be every bit of an achievement as a May one, and if it means running it injury-free and in your best form, it's a much bigger accomplishment!

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ADKONKLE 1/28/2011 10:24PM

    You are absolutely right there is a difference between being goal driven and too stubborn to know what is right for you. Not sense in hurting yourself when you it would take so much more time to get back to the thing you wanted to do in the first place. To RUN.

And if you have to wait you may as well make it extra special and go home to do it. Keep walking the tightrope and the rest of us will try to help with the balance.

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SFARRINGTON65 1/28/2011 10:13PM

    It is great that you have that figured out. Last year I think I would have gone the other way. I know now I would make the right choice now too. Good for going to see your family as well. I wish you nothing but the best in your journey.

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ROOT4HOME 1/28/2011 9:41PM

    We all know best, deep down and I couldn't agree more that waiting to run your marathon in the Fall is best! And going home to see your sister and other family sounds terrific!! You're going to do great! emoticon

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no time for a run...time to improvise...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time constraints, didnt meet my weekly goal but I did lose 2 lbs which is more important right now. I have to leave for work really quick, i am afternoon shift so.... i have to come up with something intense and will strengthen my legs for a more powerful run later next week.

How about the "rememberance stair run"?

With 2 35lb dumbbells, I instantly re-gained 70 of my 103 lb loss back and then run the stairs the best I can. Needless to say the quads are ROCKIN'. 20 up/down intervals and I am ready to throw up the white flag (or just throw up). Not only a great workout for my legs that's fast and intense but also a good way to remember what life was like "back then"

*** THE CHALLENGE ***



***READY TO WOO HOO ***


Part of moving forward is the ability to look back.

  
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WANNABTHIN53 2/1/2011 9:43PM

    WOW what an inspiratiom you are.

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WVDEB717 1/30/2011 1:08PM

    You are an inspiration!!

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SCHNEBL 1/29/2011 8:04AM

    Good grief! I am so motivated reading this I wish I had stairs in my house!

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ADAMST3 1/27/2011 7:57AM

    Symbolism at its best! Great brain food today! emoticon

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MOMMINATOR 1/24/2011 11:21AM

    I am impressed. I am sure I would have been in the throwing up category.
Way to get done what needs to get done.
Proving once again why YOU ROCK!

Have a super week!

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CELEST 1/24/2011 11:14AM

    Love love love doing stairs. Enjoy emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/24/2011 9:36AM

    I love stair running! Great way to really work those legs when you can't get out for a run. Awesome job!

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EDWINA172 1/24/2011 5:54AM

    WOW! What a workout!

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REEKU731 1/23/2011 11:35PM

    Killer workout my friend!! I bet your quads were feeling *fabulous* after that one!!!

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JEANNETTE59 1/23/2011 5:11PM

  emoticon I'm impressed!

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LOGOULD 1/23/2011 8:15AM

    AWESOME! You give a whole new meaning to the phrase "Hindsight is 20/20 vision!"

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/23/2011 7:33AM

    Brilliant!

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BRE7482 1/23/2011 2:13AM

    Oh wow! That's really awesome!

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CABUSBEY 1/22/2011 11:47PM

    Wow! What an awesome, incredible, and inspiring idea!!!

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CHICKIEMAUI 1/22/2011 11:34PM

    You are so motivating!!! I love that when you are about out of time you still find the time!! You look wonderful!!

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PELESJEWEL 1/22/2011 10:57PM

    WoW!! You totally ROCK -- I love this blog! Profound when you stop to think about it - usually people who have lost the weight don't ever want to look back and you are staring your weight lost dead in the eye, saying TAKE THAT!! Booyah!! emoticon

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MYLIFESONG 1/22/2011 10:43PM

    Great job on improvising! Congrats on your 2 pound loss!
Hooray!
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DARLENEK04 1/22/2011 9:03PM

  Oh dear....I probably couldnt lift 70 pounds....LOL

Darlene

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/22/2011 8:26PM

    emoticonIt is amazing what one can accomplish after this journey!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/22/2011 7:21PM

    I sometimes do stairs as a workout, but don't know how to accurately track it in the exercise tracker, especially if carrying something. Any ideas?

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MIMOTOGO 1/22/2011 6:37PM

    emoticon keep up the great work!

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KAMAPERRY 1/22/2011 6:32PM

    You continue to amaze me!! What a workout, my thighs burn just thinking about it! Way to go on the loss!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/22/2011 5:37PM

    LOVE IT!!! Stairs are KILLERS. Then - add the weight........ooooh eeeeey! Great idea...great job!!

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ALYSSAMICHELLE5 1/22/2011 3:57PM

    Wow! Now THAT'S intense! I applaud you for doing that! I don't know if I could :) Great job!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/22/2011 3:30PM

    wow!!! i so wish i could do stairs,,,,but we got a ps3 today, with ea sportsactive. i used my kids' so i know i can do some of the stuff

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 1/22/2011 3:07PM

    Now THAT is an impressive workout! Great job on improvising, staying focused, and keeping your goals in mind!

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JENJESS48 1/22/2011 2:57PM

    Wow, that's just impressive. I'm grateful that I can now get up the 8 flights of stairs at work without feeling like I'm going to die - and that's just me, no weights.

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NEWRUNNINGSHOES 1/22/2011 2:43PM

    Great idea and way to improvise, Robert. I am so doing this!

Pam

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ELAOPET 1/22/2011 2:28PM

    HAHAHA I was saving my 3 flights of stairs for when the weather was not friendly, but it never occurred to me to CARRY something - sounds cruel man! I've noticed that about my guy Sparks - you're all brutally cruel to yourselves LOL
Excellent idea, grand! have a good work day!
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KAREN_NY 1/22/2011 2:23PM

    An inspiring step (or more like a leap!) outside the box! Rock the day,
K:)

PS - thanks for stopping by my blog today too! gotta love that reinforcement. :) :) :)

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ADKONKLE 1/22/2011 2:05PM

    Oh I am so going to do that right now. You just gave me the push.

Only 20's but that will do. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Runday.

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P0KERS0PH 1/22/2011 1:57PM

    I'd probably end up tripping up or falling down the stairs!
Hopefully you are more steady on your feet lol

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LAGREBE 1/22/2011 1:41PM

    Very creative! Love it!

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OHSOCOOLLISA 1/22/2011 1:41PM

    Mercy! You go!
I don't trust myself to run up or down the steps, but to haul 70 pounds...WOW!
Awesome for you for finding the alternate route and making it work!

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CBAILEYC 1/22/2011 1:38PM

    My legs just did a sympathy quiver LOL Totally awesome!
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PIXIEMOM13 1/22/2011 1:36PM

    Woot, go you!

Heh I ought to do something similar... try and do some stairs or a run carrying as close as I can to the 32 lbs I've lost so far.. hmmm....

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HANSRICO 1/22/2011 1:27PM

    Nice improvise! It's a First Grader you were carrying! emoticon

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meal suggestion....

Friday, January 21, 2011

MEAL EXAMPLE

COST $2.07 at walmart
3.5 g fat
18 g Protein
Cholesterol 25 mg
Sodium 380mg
Fiber 8g
Total Calories 450


CHEAP WHOPPER.....


In case you cant see the printout...
670 calories
39g fat
11g saturated fat
95 mg cholesterol
3 g fiber
1020 mg sodium
28g protein...

any questions?

I question i get asked ALOT is what do I eat?. I guess the idea is that i'm going to reach into my magic hat and pull out some magical powder that you sprinkle on dinner or some ready made diet plan boxed dinners, basically, something special. I dont do any of that at all and i dont want to. I dont like being tied to anything that I cant get anywhere at anytime, to be at the mercy of some stupid plan that makes the originator rich.

I basically do what is recommended, fruits, veggies, low fat yogurt, lean proteins like salmon,tuna, chicken breasts, beans etc.... Thats it, nothing hocus pocus.

there is some weird concept that eating healthy is a pain in the butt, expensive and time consuming. not true... just gotta be creative and go a little outside the box. most breakrooms have microwaves and a fridge. i love my steamables, add a lean pretein and presto, instant healthy meal, season to taste in about 6 minutes and costs far less than those ready made diet prepackaged sodium disasters in a box. - just a suggestion.... and cheaper....

  
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MISSYGEEN 2/2/2011 1:30AM

    I get the same reaction. When people ask me what I'm doing to loose the weight they only listen for the first three words and when I don't share my magic wand I can see them tuning me out. so now I just say making better food choices and exercising and I move on unless they really want more information.

I usually make salads for lunch with tuna or chicken. Or i eat leftovers. I like the steamers suggestion and SCHNEBL I will look for the coupon.

Thanks for sharing.



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LIZZIE13 1/31/2011 4:18PM

    thanks for sharing

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LIZZIE13 1/31/2011 4:18PM

    thanks for sharing

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LIZZIE13 1/31/2011 4:18PM

    thanks for sharing

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LALA0123 1/31/2011 8:07AM

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CHATERJOY 1/30/2011 1:03PM

    How easy! I love both those items but I have never thought of putting it together! Love it. Thanks for the great idea.

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SCHNEBL 1/29/2011 8:06AM

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This is how I eat as well! And if you watch the sunday newspaper they almost always have coupons for the steamables so your meal just got cheaper yet!



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FLOWER1967 1/23/2011 3:07AM

    Thanks for the great idea !
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LOGOULD 1/22/2011 9:10AM

    It's not that hard to grasp, but it does require some effort relearning how we view food. I think you nailed it on the head. There is no magic potion or pill. There is some effort and discipline required to learn and TO STICK to a simple formula of lean proteins, whole foods drinking enough water and incorporating more movement into your day.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/22/2011 8:41AM

    That is how I feel when asked that question too. I say I use the food pyramid, then I get a really funny look. I'm kind of confused as to why fruits and vegetables turn people off. Any way, your meal sounds super yummy .

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UMUCGRAD 1/21/2011 11:28PM

    Super! I do best when I eat at home and make healthy, cost-saving choices such as this.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/21/2011 6:47PM

    i wish i liked fish. on my list for this frigid weekend: lowfat potato chowda and chili made with ground chicken breast instead of boiga...

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DARLENEK04 1/21/2011 6:28PM

  Great idea....I love those steamables.....

Thanks for posting this,
Darlene

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MIMOTOGO 1/21/2011 6:20PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing! emoticon

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PHEFEY 1/21/2011 4:06PM

    add some brown rice and you've got my go-to lunch!

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FRECKS96 1/21/2011 2:35PM

    That really is a great looking lunch! I love the steamfresh veggies too!

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KAMAPERRY 1/21/2011 2:08PM

    I need to try this, thanks!

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ADAMST3 1/21/2011 1:58PM

    Well Done! Thank you for the visual!

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SARAWALKS 1/21/2011 1:52PM

    Thanks! I didn't realize this stuff was that cheap at Wal-Mart! emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/21/2011 1:24PM

    Great ideas! Quick, and when the growling monster needs to be silenced... pronto! ... there you go. Grab quick, grab smart, I say!

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COOKWITHME65 1/21/2011 1:21PM

    Never thought of adding some salmon to steamed veggies. Good idea. I'll have to try it.

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AMGM2001 1/21/2011 1:11PM

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LISAINMS 1/21/2011 12:59PM

    I'm also a fan of the Steamfresh and Steamables veggies. Makes a really quick, easy and nutritious lunch in the microwave with an added protein.

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JEANNETTE59 1/21/2011 12:58PM

  Some things in life are hard
and
Some things in life WE make hard
Thanks for sounding the Wake-up Call




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TEACHDIANN78 1/21/2011 12:54PM

    I bought a packet of salmon and it's still sitting in my cabinet because I have no clue how to cook it!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/21/2011 12:47PM

    I agree. It is not more difficult or expensive. Those are just excuses.
FYI they do make a magic powder. My friend bought it for something ridiculous like 100 bucks a month. You sprinkle it on your food before you eat. I wanted to slap her silly when she told me.

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AMOHAME2 1/21/2011 12:44PM

    I don't know why everyone thinks eating healthy is so much more expensive than eating junk! Um, a banana is a MUCH cheaper 100 calorie snack than a granola bar or a 400 calorie muffin! Fresh veggies are not that pricey, and like you've shown here, it's pretty easy to throw together a quick and cheap meal that will still taste great!
People are always looking for a magic food that will make the fat melt away from the body, but when you tell them to eat more veggies and clean foods, they don't want to hear it!

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LORIAPO 1/21/2011 12:26PM

    I like simple meals like that too.
In fact, the simpler the better; then I can bypass the additives & chemicals that can make us feel crappy.
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ELAOPET 1/21/2011 12:11PM

    I do the exact same - do the best I can with what I have available. Nothing fancy. But I do wish I had more to choose from at the store her in Croatia. It's very basic.
Also ...they have whole wheat flour at the store for 2 months then they don't for 5 months :( That sort of thing angers me! I like making my own bread and they are not making it easy for me

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MUSCLEADDICT32 1/21/2011 12:03PM

    Sounds delicious..except I'm gonna use the red salmon because that is better for you than the pink! emoticon emoticon

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CHICKIEMAUI 1/21/2011 11:59AM

    Oh YUM!! I hadnt thought of that but it sounds sooo good!!

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CARROT143 1/21/2011 11:53AM

    Great idea - and doable, cool! I'm going to try it this week. I especially like that its lower in sodium than lean cuisines...

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MBSHAZZER 1/21/2011 11:51AM

    I agree with you. I can't understand why someone would think they don't have the time or money to eat healthy. I am a seriously lazy person and if I can find the motivation to do it, anyone can!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/21/2011 11:50AM

    Thanks I will have to remember that combo

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BRATTY_ME27 1/21/2011 11:37AM

    totally agree! Keep it up!

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ALOFA0509 1/21/2011 11:36AM

   
This is Awsum!!! I love this Blog.. Your soo right, it dosent have to be exensive, just Creative.. Love the meal suggestion to ;) Your Awsum!! emoticon

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TASHALUV02 1/21/2011 11:32AM

    I agree with everything said! And that meal suggestion is great idea:)

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COWGIRLUPINOK 1/21/2011 11:22AM

    I agree...it never ceases to amaze me when people say eating healthy is expensive. It costs me no more to eat healthy than it does to eat badly. Thanks for your blog it was a great one.

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Goal for the week - 1st run...

Thursday, January 20, 2011



Last weeks goal was 4 5K runs - Goal met

this week 2 5K's and a 10K

- notes - there is a reason why pre-run eating is important and what you eat especially. had meatloaf and mashed potatoes - STUPID ALARM GOING OFF-

I didnt listen to the IM STUPID alarm and ran anyway. as you can see from the chart that I was dragging a boat anchor through the whole run. I did good on my time but the effort was off the charts - BAD CHOICE MADE.. - YUCKY!!!

next time its gonna be a bagel.......

thanks for all of the high fives yesterday, I love all of the support that I get here.

  
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CINDY4466 1/31/2011 11:41AM

    Keep up the good work! You are doing great! Stick witht the bagels. emoticon

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LORIAPO 1/21/2011 12:41PM

    Well, you persevered through a tough run on low fuel; I think that's great!

How do you get these charts? Is that from a Body Bug or something? Very Cool.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/21/2011 8:37AM

    yeah but you did it anyway!! you are such an inspiration!!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/21/2011 8:28AM

    You have been doing such a wonderful job! Keep it up!

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CHICKIEMAUI 1/20/2011 10:08PM

    What are you suppose to eat before a run??

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DARLENEK04 1/20/2011 9:40PM

  Listen to your intuition Robert, it won't let you down.
Now get going.....you are doing superbly...

Darlene

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MIMOTOGO 1/20/2011 8:57PM

    A good lesson learned. Keep up the great work!

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TOGETHERGIRL 1/20/2011 8:15PM

    I've done that, but with swimming... a big bowl of minestrone that felt like it turned into a bowling ball in my stomach - it nearly sank me!

Good work on your goals!

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LOGOULD 1/20/2011 5:43PM

    Never tried it, but I think cold pizza would be a BIG no-no too!!! I'll stick with toast and banana and pnut butter, or yogurt w/fruit and granola.

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RHONDALYN10 1/20/2011 4:58PM

    We are constantly living and learning! Way to press on!

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JEANNETTE59 1/20/2011 3:00PM

  Yucky meal and all you completed the race and that gives a emoticon and a lesson learned emoticon

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-DYET- 1/20/2011 2:05PM

    Ya... Ive done that too. Mine was eggs, not so good for prerun either. Congrats on getting through it!

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KAMAPERRY 1/20/2011 2:00PM

    We are always learning, right? You can do it!

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