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Yipee - Spring Break...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yes, I am officially on Spring Break! I am headed to Key West with my husband and another couple. We rented a condo for 6 days. I am so looking forward to relaxing and taking a break from school and work!

I plan on tracking my food and running every morning. We also walk a lot when we are down there, and will probably even do some bike riding around the island.

I will try to check in with all of you. Stay strong!!

Have a great weekend!

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SABLENESS 3/22/2012 8:21PM

    Woohoo! The Keys are a great place to get in lots of activity! emoticon emoticon

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RIVADERCHI 3/22/2012 7:32PM

    Hi R.M.! Welcome back to FLA! Enjoy the great weather! So sorry to hear bout your coworker's husband! Glad to hear you had a good St. Patty's celebration and raised a toast to him! Have fun and what happens in Key West, well you know the rest! emoticon emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/22/2012 11:15AM

    That sounds SO wonderful. Enjoy!!

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INFLATED 3/22/2012 2:20AM

    Don't get sunburned.

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Awesome weather and Happy St Patty's Day!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I am enjoying the great weather we have been blessed with today...and all week in Maryland. This morning my hubby and I walked Roxy then I went for a 4 mile run, which I completed in 38 mins. It was a real hilly run so I am very happy with the time. My speed is picking up. When my husband gets back from work, we are going to take the kayaks out in the river. It should be 70 degrees! Roxy loves the kayak, I will try to get a picture of her in it. She wears a little life vest.

My husband quit his airplane job yesterday - he gave four weeks notice. He's been very frustrated there. He can do subcontract work for other companies if he wants to. We are both really happy about it.

We are going out for St Pattys tonight. My employee whose husband just died wants us all to meet at his grave at 6 to do a shot. This was his favorite holiday and he was Irish. It's at a veterans cemetery and alcohol is not allowed, but it's really important to her so we are going. Hopefully no one will notice! After that my husband and I are meeting friends for dinner. My employee is going to go to an annual st patty's day party her and her husband go to every year. I am so glad she is getting out with her friends now and honoring his memory.

Happy St Patty's Day!!

  
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INFLATED 3/22/2012 2:19AM

    Beep! Beep! Roadrunner! You will be ready for your Disney run.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/19/2012 9:45AM

    We're enjoying wonderful weather here, too! It's supposed to be almost 80 today...in Michigan...in March. Weird!

Your runs are amazing! I haven't done much hill running at all and don't have the courage to set the incline on my treadmill yet. Maybe sometime this summer.

The kayaks sound SO fun! There will be a day when our kids are older that we do more of that type of thing again.

I hope you had fun with your St. Patty's Day stuff!

(P.S. I'm really behind on all things SP, but do plan to respond to the mail you sent to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me!!)

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KAREN_NY 3/18/2012 2:34PM

    Sounds like a life-affirming kind of day! And 4 hilly miles in 38 minutes? WAY COOL! Hills kick butt.

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SABLENESS 3/17/2012 3:43PM

    What a fitting way to honor your employee's Irish husband. Have a great evening! emoticon

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Running, Funeral, and Nice Spring Temperatures!...

Monday, March 12, 2012

I am in the middle of writing a paper, needed a break so here I am.

I ran 3 miles during my lunch break today. Saturday, I decided to do an IFIT Jillian Michaels 10k training on my treadmill. I started on level 3 which I realized after 5 minutes was a big mistake. I stopped it, went back on line and went to level 2.10 It was a nice challenge but I could do it. I am not going to get an injury! So, today when I went running my legs still felt stiff from Saturday! I can see why the say to only push your speed way up once a week!

My employee's husband's viewing is tomorrow night and the funeral/burial/memorial luncheon is Wednesday. My husband and I are going to Wednesday's events. Her husband's life insurance is covering the funeral, and since he was a veteran his burial is covered. We are paying for the luncheon.

Now we are working on her health insurance. She was on her husband's. Evidently, the insurance ends at midnight when the insured person dies. So, the poor girl is dealing with all this at the same time! She has to compare the cobra package to mine and make a decision by Friday. My insurance broker said he would help her. I know it's the last thing she feels like thinking about.

I don't know when she is coming back. I don't know that she will be able to teach three year olds at first. We may have her work in the front office. We are going to follow her lead.

Anyway, there is a lot going on but I am getting through it. Next Thursday my husband and I are going to Key West with friends. I can't wait to relax! Then the week after that is Spring break so I get a week off from school, though I will have homework! I am staying on my calorie target through all of this, too which is a good thing!

The weather is going to be in the 70's tomorrow through Thursday, so I will be outside running every day except Wednesday. It is so de-stressing to run, I love it!

Hope you had a terrific Monday!!

  
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MYTURN11 3/13/2012 10:43AM

    You do seem like a very compassionate person. Congrats on the running and enjoy your trip to Key West. My husband and I love Key West and I especially like Bahia Honda Key too.

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INFLATED 3/12/2012 11:05PM

    You are going the extra mile for your employee. Not many have bosses like that!

You are doing well with your exercise.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/12/2012 9:47PM

    I'm glad you listened to your body and didn't overdo it with the Jillian Michaels training. Smart move!

I know the next few days will be really hard, but I am sure your employee is very grateful for all the support that you're offering. What a great boss/friend!

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KAREN_NY 3/12/2012 9:15PM

    Congrats on your run - you sound so happy!
And it sounds like you are a very compassionate employer. What a big heart you have. :)
K:)

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Feeling sad today...

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Well, today I am feeling rather sad. One of my most trusted employee's husband died last night at the age of 41 from a heart attack. He went into the hospital Monday night during the first heart attack, had a stint put in, was sent home yesterday afternoon and died around 7 last night. My employee had gone to school last night and came home to her husband lying dead. They were married 12 years and were a very close couple.

I found out about this as I came into work this morning and had to carry on until I left work at four. It is just so sad. I am so worried about her and know she doesn't have much money. My husband and I talked it over and want to help her with the funeral expenses. She has a bad heart (only 46) and we are so worried about her. We know she will be really worried about the funeral expenses. She has been an excellent and one of our most trusted employees and we think this may be the best way to help.

Hold the people near you extra tight tonight, you never know when they (or you) will go.

Also, take great care of your body. He told us he was borderline diabetic. He lost a lot of weight but the both kept smoking...not sure at this point what caused it, but it could not have helped.

  
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CHLOESUE 3/11/2012 2:06PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your employee's husband dying at such a young age from a heart attack.Hope your employee is coping as well as expected.What a generous offer to help with the funeral expenses.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/9/2012 10:43AM

    I am sorry to hear your sad news. He was so young!!
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INFLATED 3/9/2012 3:39AM

    This is so sad. I am glad you will be able to help out financially. Maybe you could talk to the funeral home and pay them anonymously and do it that way. She may feel that she should pay you back if she knows.

My husband's uncle was mowing the lawn and had chest pains. He came into the house and called 911 and died and his wife had a heart attack seeing him. She was heavily sedated for his funeral and her doctor did not want her to attend. We just don't know when our time here will be over.



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SLIMINMIND 3/9/2012 2:16AM

    some times all you can do is pray. Life is so short, Spend it with people that make you happy and feel secure! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 3/8/2012 11:45PM

    So sorry to hear the you lost an employees spouse

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LITTLEBJANET 3/8/2012 10:08PM

    That is very sad. Events like that remind me that life is short and each day is a gift. I'm glad that you are able to help her financially. You are a blessing.

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LTMURPHY7 3/8/2012 9:57PM

  emoticon You'll all be in my prayers

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SABLENESS 3/8/2012 9:48PM

    So sad indeed. Good that you can help with expenses and relieve at least a little of the stress your employee is facing. emoticon

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Acupuncture (pic) and Running...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I went to another foot doctor last week for a second opinion on my recent bunionectomy, toes, and pin poking on the bottom of my foot. He said my big toe isn't touching the ground due to scar tissue. The next toe over is trying to overcompensate and move in the direction of my big toe. He gave me a rubber/gel divider to wear all the time between my two toes. The pin may take a while to dissolve but it won't hurt my arch and if it isn't bothering me I should leave it alone.

So, this morning I received my third round of acupuncture on my right foot. We are focusing on the scar tissue. My doctor also advised me to get vitamin e and rub it on the scar twice a day.

Here is a picture of my foot with the needles in (they are not in deep)...



You can see how my toes are not going in the right direction. It's is not affecting my running at all and my foot doesn't hurt.

I ran 6 miles today in 58.43 minutes! I am speeding up. Tomorrow I am going to run a shorter distance and work on speed some more. It is supposed to be in the upper 60's - yayyy!

Hope you had a great day.

  
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INFLATED 3/9/2012 3:30AM

    I had a roller ball on a handle to use on the scar after my foot surgery. I remember as a teen, we used a ball deodorant. The ball was at the top of a bottle to roll the deodorant around. If you could find an empty bottle that would work. A health care place charged a fortune for one to use on my foot.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/8/2012 2:42PM

    Have I told you yet that you amaze me? emoticon You are getting SO fast SO quickly after returning to running. Impressive!

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KAREN_NY 3/8/2012 1:13PM

    How awesome! Your being free of foot pain, your 10K time, and your courage --- I'm not afraid of needles, but I have supersensitive feet and couldn't handle that acupuncture.
You're rockin,
K:)

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SABLENESS 3/7/2012 10:22PM

    Sounds like a worthwhile second opinion. Glad it isn't hurting you. emoticon

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