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Saturday, March 13, 2010

I've made myself promise to try to post a blog each day. Many days I have nothing much to say at all, but I will try to write something :-)

Today I registered for a Susan G Komen 5K Race for the Cure run. We have a team together and anyone else that would like to join is more than welcome. I have never run a 5K, but have walked many. I just started C25K and did W1D2 today. The 9 weeks will be over before this run, so I'm just hoping I can run 3 miles straight by then. It seems doubtful considering I thought running for 60 seconds at a time over and over was going to kill me :-) Not really, but it definitely wasn't easy! The last time I ran was in high school PE! But, I'm determined and I know I can do this!...if not, as a fellow team member said, we'll just walk really fast :-) It's so nice to have the support of other people who were new to running once themselves. Thank you all!

  
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TREEBW 3/15/2010 8:23PM

    WE CAN DO IT!!!!!
Congrats on day 2, that was a killer for me!
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We will just hula our way!

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CHANCE0719 3/15/2010 5:28PM

    You can do it!! Before I started the C25K, I couldn't even say that my longest run had been in PE because I would get a doctor's note every single year to avoid running "the mile." You are doing great!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/14/2010 7:11PM

    Have faith in the program. You have lots of time.

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KIMSTUTZ 3/14/2010 7:05AM

    i wish you lived closer!

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LLTS01 3/13/2010 11:35PM

    You will absolutely be able to do it. Trust this person here who never ever ran her entire life until age 48.
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JEANSHEP2 3/13/2010 11:34PM

    You can do it! Go for it!

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Bad illnesses in friends families...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Today was a day of sad news. My best friend, Carol's daughter was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She's only 23 years old! I work in Women's Health care and 23 is the youngest I have ever seen diagnosed. In the last 10 years I have seen only 2 cases of women in their 20's and those were the upper 20's. Of course I know any kind of cancer can affect anyone at any time, but I just never expected this diagnosis. I spent hours reassuring Carol that biopsies are done everyday and that I was very confident her daughter's would be negative. I was SHOCKED to find out otherwise. She (her daughter) is out on disability from the Army due to repeated stress fractures in her lower extremities so she went to a VA hospital for the mammo/sono/MRI. Now they are searching for a breast surgeon for her. I don't yet know the type of cancer, only that the radiologist and doctor told her it is large and appears very involved. She had an ultrasound guided biopsy, but will now have a surgeon do a more extensive biopsy and decide on a course of treatment. She was advised it would likely be surgery, chemo and radiation, but we don't have more details yet.

On the other hand...my daughter's best friends little girl who is 2, was admitted to the hospital today with a diagnosis of meningitis. She had febrile seizures and went into respiratory arrest and is now on a ventilator. I know kids are very resilient so I'm hoping she will pull through and do well, but she is very sick at the moment. I am not clear whether it is bacterial or viral. She has been unresponsive and it isn't yet known if she suffered any permanent brain damage.

It is a tough time for both of our friends....

  
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KIMSTUTZ 3/14/2010 7:05AM

    Carla~ that is such heavy news and especially when it is not expected. even more motivation for you to do the 5K! know that my thots and prayers are with you and may other friends/family be around to support them too.

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LLTS01 3/13/2010 11:20AM

    Oh Carla, you must feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. I am so sorry about all this grief and worry around you. I am hoping that both girls pull through and that there is a huge network of friends and family to help the 2 families during this difficult time.
We definitely need to do the race on 6/5. I have too many friends and relatives who are breast cancer survivors. We need to help find a cure.
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HEALTHY-ME26 3/12/2010 10:22PM

  Stay strong! I've had some friends recently going through similar issues -- a former college friend with breast cancer and a coworker whose newborn had unforseen birth defects. Remember that your support and positive attitude through these crises can benefit you and them.

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That 70's Challenge

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

We started our new challenge today on the Rootin' for Ruby Team. I am looking forward to meeting all my team members and to the fun we will have! I'm off to search for 70's items to decorate my page :-)

  
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LESSOFME55 3/10/2010 11:31PM

    Can't wait to see what you find and how you will decorate it.

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Meeting Spark friends

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thanks to Louisa (LLTS01), Tammy (DIGISCRAPPY) and Shannon (CHANCE0719) for a great time yesterday.



We enjoyed lunch together and talked for hours. I learned lots of things I didn't know about running (my goal this year) and some new recipes. Also learned Louisa stocks food like I do :-) Nice to have someone else that keeps her pantry and fridges full!

It was great to get to know each of you better!

It was great to get to meet fellow Spark friends in person. We hope to do some runs/ walks together once the weather is warmer and I hope many more of you are able to join us. We had a blast!



Tammy and I in the Spark shirts we got with our book bonus.


  
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TERMITEMOM 3/9/2010 10:20AM

    Wonderful! I am so glad you had a blast.

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WIFEALF 3/8/2010 3:33PM

    GLAD YOU HAD A GREAT TIME.

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ROBALEE1 2/28/2010 3:19PM

  This sounded so great. Putting into actions what we talk about.

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KIMSTUTZ 2/28/2010 2:57PM

    hey! i found your blog, you are right on top of things! sounded like fun!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 2/28/2010 12:21PM

    I have a dream of meeting three of my spark friends someday. I'm not sure how that can take place since I can't travel. If I had scads of money, I would buy them plane tickets to get them here but alas, I have no such funds.
Erin

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/28/2010 12:01PM

    I am so bummed that I missed it. I am glad you guys are getting together and can't wait for the next one so I can attend.

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DEBERDO40 2/28/2010 11:48AM

    AWESOME! What a great way to stay motivated and share similar experiences.

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LLTS01 2/28/2010 11:35AM

    emoticon And you and I promptly hit the grocery store after we got together. What ya' cooking today?

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RUN2MYDREAMS 2/28/2010 11:16AM

    How cool! Looks like you guys had a blast!

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Old habits die hard

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Yesterday at work, one of my co-workers started on a diet called the "Sacred Heart Diet" She raved about how well it worked and how full she was and how "you will lose 10-17 pounds in 7 days." I KNOW better than this, but what do I do? Three of us decided we'd try it for the one week. What could it hurt? I agreed to make the soup that is the mainstay of the diet and one girl was going to go buy the fruit and another the veggies. Today was to be all the soup you could eat plus all the fruit you could eat. Tomorrow, the soup and veggies only, except you could have a large baked potato at dinner. Then a large amount of beef the next couple of days and a day of nothing but bananas and skim milk!

I actually went home and made a HUGE pot of the soup. Then my senses returned and I realized this is nothing but an old fad diet with a newer name than I knew it by. Yes, you may well lose a large amount of water weight in that 7 days, but it would all come back as soon as we started eating normally again.

I can't believe for a short time I actually contemplated following it! For what, to be hungry and live on soup and fruit for a week, only to gain every bit of that false loss back the next??

I know how to lose weight, by eating well and exercising. There are no quick fixes. I've done remarkably well, losing almost 50 pounds from April to October last year...by eating good, healthy food! I can't believe part of me was ready to start this diet today. I reverted right back to my old ways....looking for quick fixes and magic formulas to shed the pounds...when I KNOW it's a lifestyle change and there are no magical powers to do it otherwise. I think it was the fact that I have gained some of that almost 50 back. I've had a rough couple of months. BUT, I've come too far to go back and am going to march ahead and reach my goal in 2010....the right way :-)

I still have a huge pot of soup...fortunately it is full of healthy veggies and I used no salt added tomatoes and fat free, low sodium broth. Now it will just be there as a snack if I'm hungry...not as the mainstay of my next week of meals.

Old habits do die hard.....but at least I caught myself!

  
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LLTS01 2/25/2010 9:59PM

    Good for you for coming to your senses. And I love soup before my meals because it curbs my hunger and I can get in lots of veggies. So enjoy!
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TIFFYFANNY 2/25/2010 9:15AM

    Good for you for realizing this was a fad diet, and steering yourself in a healthier direction.

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NAKIOMA 2/25/2010 5:04AM

    Actually soup is one of the best foods for any diet. All of those veggies are great to have and the soup does freeze beautifully - so you came out of it a lot better than the lady who bought a ton of fruit.................

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 2/24/2010 11:21PM

    Was this like the cabbage soup diet? I tried that one and had enough gas to heat the White House.
Erin

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MARTHAR3 2/24/2010 10:35PM

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for waking up. LOL
I have heard this one as the Cabbage diet , Mayo heart diet. Also our hope spring eternal we just know out there a miracle diet. I was hoping for a magic wand to gently tap on my head & the weight will magically disappear..

OK REALITY CHECK!!

we all know that isn't happening. But in that little fanasty land in the back corner of my mind!!! emoticon

Martha n tx

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KIMSTUTZ 2/24/2010 9:25PM

    Yes you will meet your goal this year,,,,,,and maintain it too! It is easy to fall into old habits, and unfortunately i have several! :)

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BGENDER 2/24/2010 9:21PM

    Way to go on seeing that diet for what it is.

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