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1st Spin class

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Well, I survived the class and am here to write about it, LOL.

It was A LOT harder than I thought it would be. Neither Hope nor I had ever done it before. I forgot my water bottle at home and for some reason never thought about bringing a towel! Both were really stupid...

I started out just fine, but when we started adding resistance and standing That was hard, but it was harder sitting on that little seat for so long. We were both sweating so much it wasn't funny and afterwards our legs felt like rubber. I wasn't sure I could get to the car :-)

All in all I think we did just least we made it the entire 45 minute class and didn't quit! We didn't always do what everyone else did, but we kept going! I wanted to quit several times but I think Hope and I kept each other going!

One day we might even look like the others who so effortlessly did the entire thing and made it look easy.

Ready for the next one Hope? emoticon

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CHANCE0719 6/2/2010 1:29PM

    Woohoo! That's awesome that you stuck with the class for the whole time!!

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DEBSZOO74 5/31/2010 12:40AM

    Sounds like a great workout, Carla!! emoticon
Sure wish that I had someone to go to exercise classes with.

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    Awesome! Congrats....I got a gel seat when I was doing it in Germany and it was awesome. Maybe it would help? Lol.

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    Spin is a good workout. I haven't taken a class in a few years, but liked it when I did. It always got extremely hot in the small room w/one fan. You definitely need to invest in a gel seat if you continue. Don't be surprised if your bottom is sore for a couple of days. If you take another class while you are sore it will be tough, but I know you can do it. Way to go trying something new! Glad you had a workout buddy to help you push through the class. Where did you take the class at? Near my end of the county?

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BIKERCHICK74 5/30/2010 9:04PM

    I never ever joined a spin class......BUT I WANT Tooooooo!!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/30/2010 8:57PM

    Yes a towel is so important and I even got one of those gel seats to use in class so my butt is not sore. The best part is knowing that I burned hundreds of calories.

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GOLUCYGO 5/30/2010 6:24PM

    It was one heck of a tough workout but so much fun to do together. I definitely could not have made it through without you! And I KNOW that one day we will be just as good as the others emoticon I'm so proud of us for making to to the end! Yay us!!

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LLTS01 5/30/2010 4:58PM

    LOL- I hope you were not driving a stick shift because I stalled my car at every intersection years ago with my rubber legs post-class.
A friend told me to give spinning at least 4 tries before it grows on you.

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MARENAMOO 5/30/2010 4:02PM

    Way to go - adding something new. Maybe it will become something that you just love (some friends of mine love it). Next time be prepared with a towel. Have a great Memorial day.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/30/2010 3:54PM

    Hey you both did great!


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ILLINITEACHER52 5/30/2010 3:38PM

  I have thought about taking a spinning class. Now I will know to be sure to take a towel and a water bottle. Thanks! Keep going. I'm sure it gets easier.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 5/30/2010 3:35PM

    Carla, just remember that everyone once started where you were today. You can do it!

You've got me thinking about joining S&H. If I enroll through my insurance discount program, it's 18.50 every 2 wks. I'm probably going to print off a guest pass on Tuesday so I can go when I'm off! Thanks for the idea!

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Update on Ashley

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I'm happy to say that Ashley is out of ICU and she is feeling remarkably better after her blood transfusions, antibiotics and the colony stimulating factors she was given to help her bone marrow make new white blood cells. She still has a long rough road ahead of her, but she made it through this crisis!

Thanks to each and everyone of you for all the prayers and good thoughts sent her way!

We all have either personal stories about breast cancer or know people with stories. There are too many. Our Northern Virginia Spark Team is going to make our small mark in 2 weeks at the Komen Race for the Cure and let breast cancer know we won't give up fighting for all of our family and friends and we will work for a cure so others one day won't have to go through this!

Latest update: Ashley is home from the hospital and other than feeling tired, she is doing quite well. Thanks to all of you for the prayers and good wishes!

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GOLUCYGO 5/26/2010 3:26PM

    That's great news! I pray that shee keeps getting stronger.

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    I'm so happy to hear this :) It truly does make my heart smile. Is it too late to sign up for the race?

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DEEGEE2 5/25/2010 1:36PM

    great news !

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LLTS01 5/25/2010 11:04AM

    Thanks for sharing the good news. Hopefully all the money we are raising will make a difference.

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OWUTAQT 5/25/2010 10:23AM

    Praise God!!

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NANFACEMIRE1 5/25/2010 9:50AM

    So glad Ashley got through this. Sending more prayers and best wishes for the upcoming road she has ahead of her.

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DONNAEDA 5/25/2010 9:37AM

    you are awesome. Thinking of someone else during this time is so awesome. Make sure you make some "me" time for yourself.

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KIMSTUTZ 5/25/2010 9:32AM

    thanks for the update.

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TERMITEMOM 5/25/2010 9:16AM

    Wonderful news! I am so happy for Ashley and her family. Thanks for keeping us posted.

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    This is good news. I hope she continues to improve and that the tumor starts shrinking. She and her family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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MARENAMOO 5/25/2010 8:47AM

    I will keep her in my thoughts. Sorry - once again - out of town for the race. Family wedding on June 5.

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DEBBIEKAY1 5/25/2010 8:29AM

    I also support the Komen race for the cure here in Cleveland WTG! I will continue to pray for Ashley!

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REILLYGIRRRL 5/25/2010 8:17AM

  Wow, great news!!

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SRFRGRL7163 5/25/2010 8:17AM

    Will continue to pray for Ashley; good luck to all of you.

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SHAYWEE 5/25/2010 8:16AM

    I'm glad to hear that she is doing well.

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My friends daughter-please send positive thoughts and prayers

Saturday, May 22, 2010

As some of you know, my best friends daughter was diagnosed with stage IIIC breast cancer a couple of months ago which later was changed to stage IV when they found it in her lungs also. She is only 23 years old...well actually, she turned 24 a couple of days ago. What a bad way to spend your birthday :-(

Yesterday, she was running a high fever and was very fatigued. It was two weeks since her last chemo, just a few days before her next was due. They recently changed her chemo drugs because after her last scan, her tumor had grown rather than shrunk. Until it shrinks, she can't have her mastectomy. Her tumor was the size of a grape when found in January and is now bigger than a grapefruit and is invading her chest cavity and pushing against her heart.

She went into her doctor with the fever and they found her WBC down to 0.2. It should be approximately 4-10. Her hemoglobin was down to 7. She was admitted to ICU with an infection, given blood transfusions, antibiotics and is in isolation.

She is very, very sick and needs all the prayers from those that pray, and good thoughts she can get.

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CANBDONE 6/15/2010 10:00PM

    I'm adding my prayers for her and family...I've been on vacation, so I just saw this. emoticon

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    It breaks my heart to hear about this. My thoughts and prayers are with her and all those who love her.

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AVEARE 5/24/2010 8:43AM


I'm so sorry to hear she is not doing well. My thoughts are with you and your friend's family.

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INDELIBLE.INK 5/23/2010 10:12PM

    Sending prayers of healing and peace to both her and her mom. Such a sad situation.

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LLTS01 5/23/2010 10:03PM

    She is in our thoughts.

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DWHITTYONE 5/23/2010 7:13AM

    I just stopped and raised prayer to my Lord, and will continue to do so.

God Bless Sincerely, Debbie emoticon

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OWUTAQT 5/23/2010 12:55AM

    Oh my gracious! I will be keeping her in my prayers.

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CHANGE4FREEDOM 5/22/2010 11:54PM

  I will be praying daily Carla. emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 5/22/2010 11:23PM

    emoticon emoticonSending Prayers and Love to the Daughter, her Family, Friends, and the Medical Team that is caring for her.

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MARENAMOO 5/22/2010 11:14PM

    You have them - keep us posted.

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SHERRY822 5/22/2010 11:11PM

    Sending positive thought s and prayers for her and her family. emoticon

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CATHY_G 5/22/2010 10:39PM

    I'm praying for them.

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LMSTRAW 5/22/2010 8:46PM

    Prayers and Reiki to your friend and her daughter. I really hope they get this under control.

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NANFACEMIRE1 5/22/2010 8:15PM

    I am sending prayers and good wishes to Carol's daughter Ashley. Hoping she will get better really soon, and can have her surgery. emoticon emoticon

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DIGISCRAPPY 5/22/2010 7:42PM

    Thoughts and prayers!

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    I will be keeping your friend and her daughter in my thoughts and prayers.

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MOMHAWKOF3 5/22/2010 7:06PM

    My prayers are with for her and her family.

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    Sending my prayers

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    I will be praying

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KATELOSS2009 5/22/2010 6:29PM

    prayers going up... for her, her mom, and for you...

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TERMITEMOM 5/22/2010 5:20PM

    I will keep her in my prayers and in my thoughts. What is her first name?

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PATTYCAKE17 5/22/2010 5:17PM

    In my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 5/22/2010 5:10PM

    I will keep her in my prayers, as one survivor to another. I am in treatment currently for stage IV breast cancer also, mine is in my bones.

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GOLUCYGO 5/22/2010 4:47PM

    I will be sure to keep her and her family in my prayers.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/22/2010 4:46PM

    She will be in my prayers

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RUN2MYDREAMS 5/22/2010 4:44PM

    Will keep her in my prayers! emoticon

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KTOMINA1 5/22/2010 4:43PM

    Prayers going her way

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YAFENELRA 5/22/2010 4:41PM

    Prayers on their way!!

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DAWNWS1 5/22/2010 4:34PM

    I'll be praying.... emoticon

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The end of our Ruby Fit Camp Challenge-Way to go Kettlebelles!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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emoticon team!!!

Our total fitness minutes for the one month challenge was: 15,201!! emoticon

Our total weight loss was 30 pounds!! emoticon

emoticon to Rorylyons for having the most emoticon minutes and for tying on the emoticon loss for the month (with me). emoticon job!

emoticon to Erin for starting her 1st ever fitness program!

Give a big round of applause for Gerri for plugging along even though she broke her ankle and was in a cast up to her knee! emoticon

emoticon to each and every one of you that participated and did the best you could.

I wish all of you continued success on your quest for a healthier and fitter lifestyle.

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You all were the emoticon and I am proud to have had you on my team.

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/21/2010 3:02PM

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NANFACEMIRE1 5/19/2010 2:24PM

    Carla, you are very encouraging and have done a great job as your team leader for Kettlebelles. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKPIXIE 5/18/2010 9:24PM

    You were a great Team Captain! Thanks for all your hard work and congratulations to your team for doing so well.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 5/18/2010 5:18PM

    You were an excellent leader and an inspiration to us all. I'd have you for a team leader any time.

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CANBDONE 5/18/2010 4:22PM

    What a great Encourager you're sharing the Spark! emoticon

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LLTS01 5/18/2010 8:19AM

    What a great team and emoticon on your team's success.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/18/2010 12:46AM

    That is so nice of you to do this blog for them. Arlene and I missed the team, LOL!

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Pictures of Ruby Lite Meet in Annapolis MD

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Today I got to meet some great fellow Ruby-Lites. I had so much fun! Everyone is just so awesome here and even more awesome in person. I felt like I had known all of them forever. We sat and chatted and chatted and then went to lunch at Ruby Tuesday's and then some of us went back to the hotel and chatted more. I was actually very sorry to leave. Fortunately some of us near each other will see each other again in 3 weeks as we are doing the Susan Komen 5K in DC on June 5th.

I got to meet SparkPixie, Lorikb, Termitemom, Chopola, GoLucyGo and Sapphiremind (well, I work with her so I already know her, LOL).

You all are so
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The Ruby-Lites:

The Whole gang (minus 2 picture takers!)

The Ruby-Lite Kids:

Runa5K2010 and Chopola:

Sapphiremind and Runa5k2010:

Lorikb and Sapphiremind:

SparkPixie and Termitemom:

Chopola and GoLucyGo:

SparkPixie, Runa5k2010 and Lorikb:

Thank you ALL again for sharing an afternoon with me. It was incredible!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/3/2014 7:22PM

    I had to come back and read this blog again, now that Lori is in heaven. I wish we could go back and do that day over again. I cherish the memory of it.

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SHERRYJVP 5/22/2010 7:04PM

    May I ask what Ruby Lites are?

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ALICEART2010 5/17/2010 11:52PM

    I want to do the things that you guys are doing! How fun to meet the people you know from SP.

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HOPE4LOSS1 5/17/2010 11:31PM

    Really great pictures! Thanks for sharing. I'm so glad you guys were able to get together! Talk about motivation!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/17/2010 11:00PM

    emoticon Ruby Lites

I had a great time and was so glad to meet you all, yes, we will do it again someday!

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IHAVETOO10 5/17/2010 10:21AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!
Glad you had a great weekend!


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LBH032460 5/17/2010 8:51AM

    Thanks for the pictures. So glad that you all got to spend time together!

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TERMITEMOM 5/17/2010 6:52AM

    Thank you for posting the pictures (including the one with the kids - my son is thrilled!). I haven't had the time to download his pictures yet...

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LOZUKE 5/17/2010 6:06AM

    I just love those pictures I am so jealous that you all got to meet. It must have been hard to leave! emoticonDebbie

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JANNYPANTS 5/17/2010 3:17AM

    That is so great that you all got to get together. Love that.

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STACERSNAPE 5/17/2010 1:17AM

    It looks like it was so much fun!

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MINDYJ1 5/16/2010 11:28PM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing! I am glad that all of you had a good time!

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FITB4-40 5/16/2010 10:58PM

    Sounds like an awesome time. It's great you could all meet!

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NANFACEMIRE1 5/16/2010 10:31PM

    I just love these pics and that you guys got together. Wish I could have been there to meet everyone. Great pics. emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY822 5/16/2010 10:10PM

    WOW ! It really looked like a fun day. I have met a few fellow Sparkers, at a walk we did in a botanical gardens. It was a fun day, and we all enjoyed ourselves very much. It's been a year since we did that, and I would love to do it again.

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    emoticon I love all the pictures. I'm so happy that y'all had a great time.

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CHANGE4FREEDOM 5/16/2010 9:26PM

  Awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! You are all beautiful and you look like you are having so much fun!
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    Great pics! Glad you had another great day with Spark friends!

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LLTS01 5/16/2010 8:42PM

    Ok- so I have to ask. What is the Riby Lite team?

Great pictures.

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KIMSTUTZ 5/16/2010 8:16PM

    how fun! thanks for sharing your pictures! emoticon

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SPARKPIXIE 5/16/2010 7:53PM

    I love the pictures and I loved getting to see you all....this was a great day, one I'll remember for a very long time!

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ANGIEMAE2401 5/16/2010 7:43PM

    Awesome!!! Thank you for posting pics--I wish I could have been there!!

I would love to meet some fellow sparkers sometime!

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PUGRAD1995 5/16/2010 7:41PM

    Awesome! Glad it worked out and you had a great day.

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CHOPOLA 5/16/2010 7:39PM

    I have to say this is the first time in years that someone has taken a picture of me and I don't want to burn it hahaha

I loved you all!! I wish I could have stayed the entire day :)

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