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No Regrets

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I have a little problem with food. A problem with over-doing it on unhealthy foods. When this happens one day, it easily happens again the next. So I'm challenging myself. 10 Days of No Regrets. I don't want to have the feelings of "why did I let myself eat that much" or "I wish I hadn't have eaten that".
Last night I want a soda - weird - other than when I had the stomach flu, I have not wanted a soda since last May. But, I wanted a little soda with my popcorn (butter free/salt free). I poured a glass of Diet A&W Rootbeer. I had 2 sips. I was done.
So far so good. I'm making it through day 4 today & I feel great. Daughter made peanut butter cookies today - which were very good - but I only had one. One!!! And I don't want another. The good feeling I have had for 4 days feels better than eating any more.
When I make it through 10 days in a row, I'll add on another 10 days.
I can do this!!

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CARLA-216 2/28/2011 2:07PM

    Wow, 4 days of no regrets is awesome! Just imagine how empowered you'll feel after you have 10 days of no regrets under your belt. You can do it!

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MLAYESKI 2/28/2011 1:27PM

    You've got this!!

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GTANYA 2/28/2011 11:01AM

    WOO HOO!!! Keep going girl! Doing great!

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ROBYN168 2/28/2011 10:28AM

    Way to go Amy!!!!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 2/28/2011 1:39AM

    Great challenge!


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YOURJONES 2/27/2011 11:18PM

    Man do I need to do that too! You're doing great!

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    Great job! emoticon

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    OK, I'm confessing right now that I've been a big time slacker in the food department. Because of you, I am going to buck up and step on the scale in the A.M. to see the damage I've done over the past couple months and get my butt back on track. Thanks for posting, Amy!

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ABETTERBECKY 2/27/2011 6:27PM

    You can do it! I'm cheering you on!

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FLGIRL1234 2/27/2011 6:14PM

    Great challenge to give yourself! WHOO HOO on the four days got this in the bag!

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NITELITE72 2/27/2011 5:49PM

    Yes, you can do this!! The fact that you ate ONE cookie and that is it officially makes you my hero! LOL
I have not reached that level yet, so I try to just avoid them except for rare occasions!
emoticon for being on day 4! I think 10 days is an attainable goal...and it will give you the motivation to do another 10 days! emoticon

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I Will Make It Through This Day w/o Being Stupid

Friday, February 25, 2011

This day isn't over yet, but I am strong. Even before lunch, when I was so hungry, & I kept walking by the chocolate chip cookies next to my desk. The later it got the louder that stupid voice in my head got - telling me it would be ok to have some because it was getting really late & I hadn't got to go to lunch. I beat that stupid voice.

I finally left for lunch at 1:30, knowing that there are 2 pieces of frozen cheese pizza in the fridge left from the other day. I was going to have those. I had been planning on it since this morning. But noooooo, I got home & hubby had already eaten them for his lunch. History has shown if I don't know what I'm going to have for lunch I pig out on whatever weird things I can find - fast - cause I don't have much time.

This time I took a few seconds to think it through - eggs & microwave bacon on toast. Not my favorite thing to eat but the healthiest option I had. I ate almost all of it before I couldn't stand it anymore & then had a bowl of Fiber One Shredded Wheat.

But, for whatever reason, if I don't know ahead what I'm going to eat for lunch, I will not be satisfied with whatever it is I do eat.
And I'm not satisfied. So now that stupid voice is talking about food - a lot. What will we have for supper? Wish I had a snack. I just ate a banana, but I wish I had something else.
I can get through the rest of this day & night w/o going on a binge. I got through yesterday pleased with how I ate. I will say the same tomorrow.

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MASONK 3/1/2011 12:39PM

    I love these blogs. I go through the scenarios with the stupid voice all the time but you give me hope in beating the voice.

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    Isn't it amazing how loud those cookies can call to you? When you really think about it and say no they are just so vocal.

I am the same way when it comes to suddenly not knowing what I would be having for my meal. You plan it and then start to look forward to it, but then someone goes and eats it before you. And it is weird, for me it does not even have to be something super amazing, just knowing that I am planning on having that completely messes me up if I am suddenly not.

You are doing great avoiding the calls of treats and are just awesome. Keep it up.

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    Can't wait to hear about your success.

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LINN3_5 2/25/2011 7:22PM

    You can do this! You are stronger than temptation. You are stronger than those cookies!

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ANGEISBACK 2/25/2011 6:15PM

    yours is the cookies mine is the tim hortons caramel cafe mocha! grrrrrr i had 2 this week and one shamrock shake at mcdonalds! but i excercised my butt off so i should be fine but still! lol
heres to a successful day 2 for you....hugs

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    I do the SAME thing, girl!!!!!!! I get all frazzled and then the day is ruined, I think. But, WE CAN DO THIS!!!!! You can push that voice out of your head!!!! Have something with some protein in it if you can get your hands on it and get back on track. YOU CAN DO EEEEEET!!!!!! emoticon You are my girl and you are STRONG emoticon!!!! RAWK!

Comment edited on: 2/25/2011 5:42:44 PM

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CRISSYCURRY 2/25/2011 4:51PM

    You sound exactly like me!! Food is probably my biggest struggle and it's the all day snacking and mindless eating that get me in trouble. :( I do so well at breakfast and lunch but come afternoon, I'm munching on everything!

You are doing great!!! You can beat this!!! Hang in there!! emoticon

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Foam Roller
I think the foam roller is a gift from the running gods. The first night it was very painful to the point I was yelling out. I've been using it every time I workout & almost every night since it came Wednesday & I can tell a big difference. I no longer feel the need to yell when rolling on it. My IT Band is for sure loosening up. What a relief! It's amazing how it works. But it does work! Hubby says the real test will be when our runs get back up to 20 min or more instead of 3 & 4 min intervals. I'm hoping if I keep working on that roller that I'll be knee pain free.

Natalie said one of her friends asked what was different about it & that's the only comment I've heard so far. THAT'S GOOD. I wanted it to look normal & natural & apparently it does!!

Progress Pictures
You may have noticed I haven't participated in the Progress Picture Challenge in umpteen years. Well, that's about to change. I started my 2nd round of Chalean Extreme & my first 30 days will be up on Wednesday. I plan on posting measurement progress along with my "Before RM Progress Pictures", my day 1 of this round of CLX, & current pictures. I'm excited/hoping to see a nice change in the tape & the pics.

Push Ups
I've been working on the 100 Push Up Challenge. I've started it 2x before & quit because I couldn't figure out where to put it into my daily routine. This time I've got that worked out & I'm keeping up with it. I took a test on Saturday & was able to do 35 on my toes. Woo Hooo!! It's going to be so cool when I can say I did 100.

Speaking of push ups.....I've had the perfect boy picked out for teenage daughter for about 10 yrs now. She's just not very interested in him - yet!! LOL. I'm working on it. Anyway, she told me the other day that he can do 50 or 60 push ups (I can't remember exactly) in a minute. DANG!!! What is wrong with her? How can she not be interested?? Like I said, I'm working on it. It may take another 10 yrs, though, LOL!

In conclusion, Progress Picture Blog coming Thursday, 2/24!!

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CARLA-216 2/22/2011 2:22PM

    Can't wait to see pics of you and your KAPOW muscles, Amy!

So glad the foam roller is doing the trick for you. I must get one soon for the hammies! Bad procrastinator here... :/

You're killing that push-up challenge! Awesome!

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ANGEISBACK 2/22/2011 6:09AM

    i love reading updates! woo hoo! foam rollar hmmmmmmmmm...worth the purchase eh? i have a dvd that recommends one and was thinking about it....thanks for the info on it.....
anyways keep up the great work! you rock:)

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 2/22/2011 1:30AM

    Thanks for the update on things. Can't wait to see your progress pics, but lady, you always look so darn good anyway!

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TINYC887 2/21/2011 9:36PM

    woowho cant wait

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KATYGALSAAL 2/21/2011 8:40PM

    Glad it is getting less painful! The key is to keep it up even when your IT band starts loosening up :)

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NITELITE72 2/21/2011 8:17PM

    Excited to see your pictures! I did a pre-measurement of a couple of areas today and they have gotten slightly smaller! LOL
I'll take it!!
Glad the foam roller is making you happy and less screamy! The things that make us happy...they are the best.

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FUNRUN25 2/21/2011 7:36PM

    UMMMMMM, I"M OBSESSED WIth my foam roller! Tom and I both got each other the same things for christmas (not knowing it, obviously lol) BUT we both gave each other rollers. LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! Can tell a total difference. I can't wait for your new news! Hello, chalene! eekkkk! YEY FOR YOU! I can't wait to hear how things are going! AND YEY to push ups! woot woot. I'm catching up tonight so now, i'm on to see your new hair ;)

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    WOOOOFREAKINGHOOOOO!!!!! I told ya that the foam roller is AMAZING! But, I still yell out when I roll. I also roll my back and it really helps me out a lot with it, too! RAWK!

Your hair is awesome and makes you look younger and where I'm form, that is a GREAT thing! LOL!

Can't wait to see the progress pics. I know you are RAWKIN' it, girl WOOO HOOOO!

I don't know how many pushups I can do at once. 100 pushups is A LOT!!!! Are these military pushups?

The boy....ahhhh, I don't even want to think about Court and boys. I am having a panic attack right now.

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KIMJEWKES 2/21/2011 4:54PM

    Here we go!! Back on the RM challenge!!
I just did some catching up on your blog and
1) YOUR NEW HAIR IS GORGEOUS!!! Very subtle change, but it looks great! Your natural hair color is VERY similar to mine!
2) Looking forward to doing the 100 push up challenge with you. I took today as an "initial test" sort of day. I did one set of 50, two back to back sets of 20 and one set of 40! WE CAN DO THIS!!!
3) Why does the foam roller hurt? It doesn't seem like it should hurt...maybe I'm just confused!

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ROBYN168 2/21/2011 4:45PM

    Keep on, keeping on, because you inspire me to keep going!!!

Can't wait for the have been working so hard.

Don't forget to give a good old bicep flex too - you have been working those bad boys!

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PIP103 2/21/2011 4:40PM

    Whoop - looking forward to the photo pics. I'm posting monthly ones this week too. Let me know how you get on with the foam roller, I've been having the same ITB issues.

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New Hair

Friday, February 18, 2011

Here I am leaving for work yesterday morning. When I look at this I think: dull, dreary, & blah. Even my skin looks pasty yucky.

After work I had an appt to have my hair colored. I also went back to the push over type bangs. Why I did I quit wearing bangs? I think I look much better with than w/o. And the color - LOVE IT!! It's not a drastic change - which is perfect. Hubby & teenager kept saying it doesn't really look that different, just a little darker. I wonder if anyone will notice today? If they do, will they mention it? My skin looks better here - and it's at the end of the day! And no grays!

I got an email from my mom this morning. My grandma fell yesterday & is in the hospital. They are not sure if she broke her hip because her arthritis is so bad. Still, it seems weird that they couldn't tell if it was broken. ?? Anyway, she has been having a really hard time the last few weeks with her mind. It's been really sad & I just don't see how she can not be mentally exhausted with all of this. Not understanding anything & not remembering talking about the same things everyday - like that my grandpa & her mother both passed away many years ago. It's like she's just finding out for the first time every day. Thankfully, my mom & aunts & the people at the residential home are so patient & loving toward her. I feel so bad for her & everyone taking care of her.

I will strive to make this a good eating day. I just need to get 1 in & the next will be easier. Seems like having 1 bad day makes it so easy to turn into 2, and so on, and harder to stop the snowball effect.

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KATIE343 2/23/2011 5:14PM

    I love it makes your face so much brighter! I am sorry to hear your grandma is ill, mine has alzheimers and past away after breaking her hippe. She had a stroke during surgery and it was the beat thing that could have happend to her because she felt no pain . i hope everything is will get better for you all. emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 2/21/2011 9:50PM

    Oooooo I LIKE it!! It's a very youthful 'do! I don't see a color difference but maybe that shows more in person than in pictures. Bottom line: you look great!!

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FUNRUN25 2/21/2011 7:38PM

    OMG LOVEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! You are gorgeous!!!!! Stunning!!!!!

Hunny, I have you, your mom, and gma in my prayers. The aging process is so hard. BUT, just keep the faith. xo, Miranda

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    Love the new hair. Little changes can really make a difference!

Sorry to hear about your grandmother. Hopefully, she will heal quickly. Having her loved ones with her will hopefully make it easier for her.

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NITELITE72 2/19/2011 10:47AM

    Love, love the new do!! I can tell it is a little darker and the bangs look great on you!! Don't you feel better now? No one knows you had gray hairs hidden in there!
So sorry to hear about your grandma. All of those issues are hard to deal with when it is someone you love. I will say a prayer for healing.
Don't give will get a "good eating day" in and then you will be more motivated to continue!

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LANG80312 2/19/2011 7:10AM

    Love the hair!
Sorry to hear about your gramma emoticon

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    Cute hair, I wish I could get bangs to do that.
Sending good luck to your grandma, we have early onset Alzheimers in our family, and the women live a LONG time. There is nothing worse that waking up every day for 15 or 20 years just to find out your husband is dead. The staff at my grandmas homes always suggested just mentioning he is out at work or hunting if she asked. It made all the difference in the world to her mood.

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ANGEISBACK 2/18/2011 3:17PM

    i love you hair!
im sorry to hear about your grandma, i hope she is well and will pull thru,i'll say a prayer for you and your family tonight....
you will do great today on food ...why? because when we women take the time to pamper ourselves its amazing how our thinking'll see,
i cant wait untill i get my hair done tommorrow morning! its loooooooonnnnnnnnnnggg over due!

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    Love, love, looooove the new 'do! It makes you look brighter and younger!!!!! (I know I would love that!) lol Very good choice! RAWK!!!

I am so sorry about your grandmother. It is very hard to see poeple we love lose themselves, so to speak. My mom has Alzheimer's disease and it is horrible. She is still in the earlier stages, though, so sometimes she is still "my mom". At one point, she didn't remember my dad died and we had to relive that grief for months. Now, she remembers he is gone and has moved on to another issue. The families suffer so much when our loved ones have these memory issues. Sending my prayers for a speedy recovery for your grandmother.

You know I know all about the snowball effect with the bad eating. Yucky! You can have a geat eating day! I know it!!! RAWK it out, girl!!!!!

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PIP103 2/18/2011 2:02PM

    LOVE the hair! It really suits you.

Thinking of you and your grandma

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 2/18/2011 1:12PM

    I love your new hair. I think bangs really suit you.

Hey, I so hear you about your grandmother. My grandfather had severe dementia. I would go visit him, tell him who I was, and he'd forget two minutes later. He couldn't remember that my grandmother had died -- he kept saying that we were hiding her from him. It used to break my heart. Yet through it all, he seemed reasonably happy because honestly, ignorance was bliss. In the end, all we could do was love him and when he died, I think he knew that he was loved. So take heart.


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CRISSYCURRY 2/18/2011 1:03PM

    Love the new 'do!! I'm getting some bangs on my next trim! Sorry about your grandma. :( I hope she heals quickly!

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MLAYESKI 2/18/2011 12:35PM

    I love the new doo and color! The bangs are great.

Sorry to hear about your Grandma. Sending hugs and prayers.

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YOURJONES 2/18/2011 12:20PM

    Oooh! I love the new do! I don't think you look bad in the first picture at all but the bangs and new color do look fantastic on you!

I'm sorry about your grandma. She's so lucky to have family and such loving care!


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LINN3_5 2/18/2011 11:55AM

    I don't know how anyone could not notice. You look fabulous!

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BECKY3128 2/18/2011 11:46AM

    Your hair is adorable, I love it! The color is fabulous too. I'm so sorry to hear about your gram. At least she has a wonderful support system to help her along!

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CARLA-216 2/18/2011 11:31AM

    I love your new hair! It is a subtle change yet looks fab!

Sending good thoughts for your grandma.

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HALLELUL 2/18/2011 11:09AM

    I like your new hair style. The bangs are cute. I think the biggest difference is your facial glow. I can see that you're much pleased with the results.

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GTANYA 2/18/2011 11:07AM

    Thank you for my goodie! It brought a smile to my face. :)

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ALESHABEE 2/18/2011 11:04AM

    Nice :-)

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ABETTERBECKY 2/18/2011 11:01AM

    Love the hair - it is subtle but looks amazing. Here are some kind thoughts for your grandmas recovery....hoping it isn't broken and just inflamed right now!

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ROBYN168 2/18/2011 10:55AM

    Amy - I am so sorry about your Grandma. I hope they figure it out quickly, so that she can start to mend her hip. I had a Grandfather with Alzheimer's and it was really hard. Some days he would think I was my Grandmother (she had died years before) and some days he wouldn't know's so hard. Thinking of you and your family. I am so happy that she has a great support network outside of your family. That is so important!

LOVE THE NEW DO! The color is perfect. Your eyes really jump, and your skin tone changed...of course, the smile has something to do with that - but it really really suits you. Like the bangs too!!!!

Have a great weekend.

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GTANYA 2/18/2011 10:40AM

    YOU LOOK AMAZING!!! Even in your smile you look so happy! I am really happy for you.

I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother. Sometimes it is difficult to see a fracture especially if there is a lot of swelling...they may need to let the swelling come down to see what has happened.

It is a blessing to have care that is reliable and really is compassionate. Many times when I worked with those who are older, there is none or very little. Your grandmother may not be able to tell you or your mom that she is thankful for the care, I know she is. I will say a prayer for your grandmother and your family.

Take care
Tanya emoticon

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MOM2MXKE 2/18/2011 10:24AM

    LOVE the new DO! (: I Went from blond to dark brown I get so many compliments and everyone thinks it is natural I often wonder if I will ever go back to blond. I am very sad for your grandma and I said a little prayer for her and all of your family.

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KATYGALSAAL 2/18/2011 10:17AM


So sorry to hear about your gram. Hopefully she will be on the mend soon.

I totally agree about the 1 bad day turning into 2, 3 etc. Downward spiral here we go! Way to nip it in the bud! Veggies better watch out today, we are gonna get'em!!

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THETHINWIFE 2/18/2011 10:15AM

    I love it! You look absolutely amazing!!!


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My Foam Roller Came

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesdays are rough on me. I get up at 4a, get home from work around 5:15p & try my best to feed the family & get us ready for church. We SHOULD leave around 5:45, but itís usually 5:55. (Last month we started having Wednesday services at 6p instead of 7p, to help folks like me stay awake.)
When I got home I did something I knew I shouldnít have done. I fell on my bed. As soon as I hit the mattress I knew it was a bad idea. I laid there for a few minutes thinking about how tired I was & wonder how I was going to get it all done. Then I remembered hubby had emailed me earlier in the day saying that my foam roller had arrived.
You guys were right Ė that thing is no joke. I was yelling in pain but it was just what I need to wake myself up. I ended up not getting too tired during church.
After church I rolled some more. OUCH!! Yep, still yelling out in pain.
Teenage daughter decided it would be fun to hit me with it! Yes, she did Ė little stinker.
This morning I did a very short workout Ė 15 minutes. Then I rolled some more. Today was MUCH better. Did the little bit of rolling I did last night really help enough to make the difference? Or was it better because my muscles were warm & loose from the workout? Is it supposed to start hurting less the more you do it?
All I can say is I may be addicted. I looked up videos on other body parts to use it on. It feels so good on my back. I considered bringing it to work with me today, but chickened out. Yes, it hurts like the dickens but I want to keep doing it.
PS: I had both hubby & daughter try it. It didnít hurt either of them. Natalie just said the foam was hard. How can it not hurt them & Iím crying like a baby?
PSS: Appt for the new do is tonight. I took a picture of myself before I left for work this morning. I plan on taking another one after the appt. Hopefully Iíll have a nice before & after to post tomorrow.
PSSS: Iíve been eating too much junk the last couple of days. Starting at this very moment Iím going back to eating better.
PSSSS: Iím also going to finish this project at work that Iíve been putting off. I want to be done with it today!!!
PSSSSS: Sorry for all the PSSís

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KATYGALSAAL 2/18/2011 7:51AM

    FOAM ROLLER OF PAIN! I always say that it hurts so good! Glad it is helping you. And for me it doesn't really get better, like it always hurts when I roll... But I think it's because I don't use it consistently? Speaking of... I should probably do some rolling myself soon. Have a great weekend!

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HALLELUL 2/17/2011 9:43PM

    I don't think I won't a foam roller if it hurts. Are you sure it has the right name? Hope you like your new do.

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    I've been wanting to get a foam roller for my tight hamstring. This makes me want to go out and get one right now!

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    I KNEW you would love it! I told you it takes your breath away!!! I used it a lot on my IT Band and my back. Ooooohhhhh, on my back....Girl, it about KILLS me, but I am so much better off after I have rolled.

P.S. I am anxiously anticipating those pics! I can't wait to see the new 'do!

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YOURJONES 2/17/2011 4:45PM

    Foam rollers are wonderful! I think they hurt more when you use them on sore or really tight muscles. PS: I loved all of your PS's!

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CARLA-216 2/17/2011 4:08PM

    You must really be tight if it hurts you that bad. I feel your pain I think because my hamstrings are so tight sometimes it feels like they may snap. I use The Stick right now on the hammies, but I think a foam roller may be more beneficial.

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ROBYN168 2/17/2011 4:04PM

    I have never heard of a foam roller making you cry...Hmmm...sounds like some sort of self inflicted torture....careful with that thing.

Can't wait to see the hair!!!!!

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BECKY3128 2/17/2011 3:07PM

    I love your blogs! I must goggle the foam roller immediately because I don't know what it is!

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NITELITE72 2/17/2011 3:06PM

    I am slightly confused about this foam roller thingy that you roll on to torture yourself! emoticon
I have a foam roller that a PT friend gave to me that I lay on and it helps me with stretching...but I don't roll.
I can't wait to see the new do!

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