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Lesson Relearned

Friday, July 29, 2011

I know that having good healthy foods handy is a major factor in my ability to make good choices and stick to healthy eating. I know it, but from time to time I forget to think about. This lesson was never as clear to me as it was day before yesterday.

I worked Wednesday. (Only one more work day before retirement.) It was a somewhat stressful day. Around 11 am I found myself suddenly really hungry, but needing to finish an assignment right away. I knew lunch would be late. I was really glad I had brought a banana. I ate it and felt immediately better and on track, both in terms of managing my hunger and in terms of productivity.

After a veggie plate lunch at my favorite café, I kept working all afternoon. I didn't think about being hungry until I started driving home and saw a huge sign promoting McDonald's Pineapple Mango Smoothie. That sounded wonderful. But then I started thinking about the apple-grapes with yogurt and sugared nuts. Then I thought about a yogurt parfait with granola and berries. My mouth just kept watering and I thought I would just have to stop at one of the two McDonald's I pass on the way home for a snack before supper.

All of a sudden I remembered I had taken an apple for afternoon snack and hadn't eaten it. I got it out of my bag and enjoyed it. Immediately I felt better and the cravings passed. I drove by both McDonald's without feeling deprived.

So, a craving I had just about decided I had to give into went away when I ate a healthy snack. I know I can handle some hunger; it is not an emergency. But I don't need to endure hunger very often. I can have healthy foods handy. That lesson is one I hope not to forget again!

  
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_LINDA 7/30/2011 10:47PM

    Another great lesson for the rest of us! You are awesome! May you have the best retirement and get to really enjoy life and have lots of FUN!!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/30/2011 8:14AM

    I love small wallet size purses that I can sling over my shoulder and feel like I am not carrying a purse at all. But I have had to go up a size or two to fit my fruit in when I leave the house. If I'm going to be gone a long time I take two bottles of water with me, too - one of them is frozen. By the time I need the second one it is thawed but icy cold.

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JOYINKY 7/30/2011 8:05AM

    It does make all the difference! I find at this weight I really can't comfortably go long stretches without eating. I keep a small bag of almonds, walnuts and raisins in my purse for times I get caught on the run too long. Helps tremendously. Thanks for the reminder!

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EGR2BEME 7/30/2011 6:40AM

    That is so awesome! Congrats on your retirement and ENJOY!! I am trying to convince myself that it is time...I am getting there...slowly, but surely. Time to move on to the next phase of my life!

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EGR2BEME 7/30/2011 6:39AM

    That is so awesome! Congrats on your retirement and ENJOY!! I am trying to convince myself that it is time...I am getting there...slowly, but surely. Time to move on to the next phase of my life!

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WILD4STARS 7/30/2011 4:42AM

    Great reminder emoticon!
emoticonon your retirement!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/29/2011 11:42PM

    YES!

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MONTY68 7/29/2011 11:02PM

    Hi Marsha
A awesome blog, It is a great example that one can do a healthy food when a craving occurs.
I don't think you will forget this lesson, but I also think all the good things you are doing on your journey allowed this to be.
Thank you for sharing.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 7/29/2011 10:15PM

    emoticon You have this down to a science.
Congratulations on your retirement. emoticon
Pat

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AQUAGIRL08 7/29/2011 10:06PM

    Like you I carry snacks in the car for the same reason. I've gotten to the point that I'll often just skip eating altogether if I can't find something healthy. That's almost just as bad because I'm supposed to eat 6 meals a day and my metabolic rate really slows down when I don't eat. (I'm hypothyroid) Nuts are a great snack that don't spoil quickly, as is trail mix or fruit.

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WATERMELLEN 7/29/2011 9:30PM

    That preplanning . . . makes all the difference!! Good for you!! Hunger may not be an emergency, but it's still better to assuage it enough to resist serious temptation!!

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BEYONDLIMITS 7/29/2011 8:30PM

    What wonderful news, and a great reminder to take snacks along with us wherever we go. Apples are one of my favorite fruits and it has saved me on numerous occasions.

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NEW-CAZ 7/29/2011 3:54PM

    emoticon great tip! emoticon

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POLARBEARSCAT 7/29/2011 3:11PM

    Just wanted to say "congratulations" on your retirement and to say "You look FABULOUS!"

You are an inspiration!

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MEXGAL1 7/29/2011 2:59PM

    Fabulous! Thanks so much for writting this...sure helps us all think about it and make sure we have our healthy snacks available. I agree that is the key.
Have a terrific week end. and Happy retirement. I love it!
Sallie

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/29/2011 1:57PM

    emoticon and emoticon tip!

Thanks for sharing!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/29/2011 1:24PM

    An apple really works for me as I sit at my desk...chewing and munching

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KALIGIRL 7/29/2011 1:04PM

    Glad you had that apple handy!

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VETTRANGER 7/29/2011 12:24PM

    Spot on great advice. My own key for that is grape tomatoes. They taste like candy for 2 calories each.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/29/2011 12:24PM

    Awesome!

Ah, the secrets we have learned!!

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Reward Enough

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I almost titled this blog "Giving Up a Dream", but that is not right. I gave up the trophy for the 201 Watermelon Series of 5Ks. I'm not giving up anything else.

You know, it came almost too easy. I saw a poster at the YMCA last January for the Senior Games 5K road race for people over 50. For about 3 years I'd been doing regular cardio exercise - walking, Walk Away the Pounds, cycling, elliptical, and some swimming. I wondered if I could run 3.1 miles. I jumped on the treadmill and ran a 5K at my gym right near the bulletin board with the poster. I can do this! I entered the race. I was a little afraid of all the pounding on the joints so I only ran once a week for 10 weeks, mostly on the treadmill. I didn't follow any Couch to 5K program or any program for that matter. Most of the time I only ran 1 or 2 miles. The race was only my third time to run that far. My goal was to make it and my hope was to not be last.

I ran the race and felt fantastic! I didn't know until a week later that I had won a bronze medal, coming in third in my age group. I am an unabashed award junkie. That is part of the reason that for years my favorite work assignments were writing grant proposals. I just loved getting those awards! And it is why I worked so hard in school. I do believe I was the epitome of the overachiever.

I think back over the awards that I have won in my life. The only athletic awards I ever earned were for swimming; I was on a swim team from age 10-16. I won a few awards, but very few, and I worked hours and hours to earn them. My mom got me up very early and took me to practice, and then took me back in the evening. I swam twice a day, over and over, and rarely won anything. I was a good student and got good grades, but I worked very, very hard for them.

Honestly, this is the first time I ever won anything easily. I read a few running books and started training three times a week. I was convinced my joints could take it. I improved my time from 31:19 to 28:46.

This cold took an almost certain award from me. One of my new runner friends told me that it could be that my running has run down my immunities. She said that is not unusual especially for someone my age who just started running and really pushed it. It could be that running actually triggered this cold. It is hard to know, though. This virus might have happened anyway.

Okay. Now what? Today I'm going to walk a little, my first exercise in 8 days. I'm not giving up running, though. I'm considering joining a Galloway run/walk training group here in town. It might be a gentler way to approach running. On the downside, it costs and it ties me down on Saturday mornings. After I'm feeling better, I'll decide.

I wish I weren't such an award junkie. Maintaining an 80 pound weight loss should be reward enough for me.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/25/2011 10:43AM

    Are you going to make a running shirt with "award junkie" on it?

While I'm sorry you had to give up the trophy, I am glad you are ok.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/25/2011 9:47AM

    Sounds like you have settled it in your head and that is all that matters. Good luck on your next journey!

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KALIGIRL 7/25/2011 9:20AM

    Glad you're feeling better!

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WATERMELLEN 7/24/2011 11:03PM

    At the risk of sounding a little immodest (but I know you won't read it that way) I've won an award or two here and there myself over the years and -- nothing wrong with taking pride in your accomplishments.

I'm prouder of having taken off and kept the weight off than almost anything else I've accomplished that others might think more important. (Raising two very nice adult kids, having a very happy marriage of 32 years: those are the biggest, actually!! But not so "public" as a few others).

So: you've accomplished so much, but no reason not to acknowledge that you would have liked to have won this one too. Yeah. And we all would have cheered for you if you had! But in addition to losing all that weight and keeping it off, you can also take great pride in the mentoring and coaching and inspiration you've given to so many people here. Me right at the front of that group!

Thanks for your kind comments on my bathing suit blog: I really got a kick out of feeling so good . . . at 60!! . . . in my new purple suit!! And you, of course, totally get that!!

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FROSTY99 7/24/2011 6:56PM

    There is always next year if you still have that inner urge to compete then. I think your weight loss was the biggest reward, without that you probably would not have even entered this event.
Just get healthy and enjoy my friend.
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Pat

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NEW-CAZ 7/24/2011 4:09PM

    Marsha there's nowt wrong with wanting to set goals and get a reward, nothing wrong with with going for something, it keeps you active and healthy.
emoticon on the bronze emoticon

Sorry to hear about the cold though, and it is true that overtraining can lower your immune system but you'd have had to caught the cold from somewhere and it's probably just poor timing.
Keep that positive spirit firing hun!Keep healthy!

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_LINDA 7/24/2011 3:59PM

    Nothing wrong at all with wanting to win awards, medals and trophies!! Its that competitive drive that will keep you going through thick and thin. Its GREAT motivation!!
Getting this cold was unfortunate timing, nothing more. Normal, healthy adults get 2-4 colds a year!! Looking after a child, who tend to get more, will only increase your chances of exposure. I am sure you are getting your proper nutrition as you probably watch your calories pretty closely to maintain your weight. If nothing else, you can increase your daily fresh fruits and veggies for those anti oxidant, phytochemical boosts.
This was just a first major race. You WILL have others and other chances to win!
Always remember, life happens. And you are living it the best you can, so don't look back, lokk forward!

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PARKERB2 7/24/2011 3:11PM

    Sorry you've been sick. You have beat your own record so that's good. I hope you have been rewarding yourself with special things as well as getting the awards. This is important as you probably know. I'm just reinforcing it for you. Keep on the running path. Good luck. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/24/2011 1:02PM

    Congrats to you on the bronze. Woo hoo! I keep thinking about running as my DIL has started running and is doing really well. Of course she is like 37 and I am 59. My only problem is that we don't have many smooth surfaces to run on down here in Mexico. Mostly cobblestones. I am so afraid of twisting my ankle so I don't run.
Sorry about that cold. Sure hope it get better soon.

Cheers

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 7/24/2011 12:59PM

    I assume they will hold the Senior Games again...? You can re-enter, and beat your previous times. =)

Being as fit as you are, I am sure there are lots of trophies coming your way!
Here's one now!
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AQUAGIRL08 7/24/2011 11:54AM

    There is nothing wrong with being an achiever. It is who you are and what keeps you going. It keeps you off the couch, makes your brain work and makes you happy. What's the down side to that? Unless you become obsessive compulsive about it, just roll with it and have a great time!

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JOYINKY 7/24/2011 11:24AM

    You are what you are and I think that's pretty great! If achieving motivates you; what could be wrong with that? You can set your own goals and reap your own rewards. Even if there's a hint of competitiveness lurking in there; if it keeps you moving in a healthy direction; it's a good thing. Just focus on making healthy choices along the way.

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Missed My Race

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The good thing is it was not an agonizing decision. My body gave me very clear signs. I am not to run today. So despite the fact that I was in second place in my age group for the Watermelon Series of 5Ks, there will be no awards for me this time. Oh, well.

  
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KEKEIKO 7/24/2011 9:00AM

    You're a winner already Marsha! emoticon

Look at all you've accomplished. If you're still not fully recovered then you won't do as well as you hoped.

Keep your chin up, there will be more races emoticon for your to conquer!

Feel better soon!

Hugs,
Keke

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WATERMELLEN 7/23/2011 9:21PM

    Oh well indeed. There is so much wisdom (and so many applications) for that oh well.

But I'm so sorry. You were looking forward to it and were sure to excel.

Next time.

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LINDAGRAVEL 7/23/2011 9:11PM

    Its better to take care of yourself first emoticon

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_LINDA 7/23/2011 9:10PM

    You are a winner in my book! Listening to your body is very important. You will have other races where you will show them how its done! So very sorry you had to sit this one out, I know that hurts, being on the sidelines..
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FROSTY99 7/23/2011 9:07PM

    I am glad you didn't push your body too hard and that you listened to it.
Here is another award so you don't feel so bad.
emoticon You are #1 in my book.
Pat

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/23/2011 8:50PM

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AQUAGIRL08 7/23/2011 2:42PM

    Marsha, I know where your heart emoticon lay and wanted to do. But you did the smart thing and took care of yourself. We missed you at the walk but we were glad that you were at home taking care of your health. You are a winner in my book!

Hugs,
Cyndi

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MONTY68 7/23/2011 1:51PM

    HI Marsha
You made a decision and as far as I can see you did receive a award today. You listened to your body and made a wise decision. You have done so many things that has led you to this part of your journey and a lesson in listening to our body is so important. You did that well today. There will be many races that you will be in and be successful . Now , you have the time to completely heal.
Thank you for sharing.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNNICE 7/23/2011 1:22PM

    Listening to your body is important! There will be another run another day!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/23/2011 12:57PM

    emoticon
for taking care of yourself!

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JOHAL52 7/23/2011 12:15PM

    Next time is a good time when your body isn't ready emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/23/2011 10:42AM

    Good decision.
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The LTYB Award is yours!

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JANEWATKINS 7/23/2011 10:35AM

    Well allow me! Here is the WISE DECISION award:

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And the SMART COOKIE award:

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And the LOVING CUP for CARING ENOUGH ABOUT YOURSELF

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SUZYMOBILE 7/23/2011 8:49AM

    Discretion is the better part of valor. Hope you're okay!

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Be A Detective

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Okay. There are no secrets. It's just eat less and exercise more.

BUT it's hard to do. And exactly how to do it is a little mysterious. There is a lot of contradictory information out there. Further confusing the issue, different things work for different people.

If you can get the shame and emotion out of it, and simply become a detective, you can find the secret for you. If something doesn't work and it triggers an eating binge, don't beat up on yourself, try something else. Try more protein, try less protein; try higher intensity cardio, try longer lower intensity cardio; try 12 servings of fruit/veggies a day, try more whole grains and 5 freggies -- you get the idea.

As long as you don't give up, you will succeed!

  
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KALIGIRL 7/22/2011 12:14PM

    emoticonblog - right on!

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_LINDA 7/22/2011 1:10AM

    So very true! That is why this is a selfish journey. You must focus on what is good and working for you, with no outside influences. Only you will know what truly works for yourself, your body will show you the way!
Here is hoping everyone finds out what works best for them!

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AMANDAJCD 7/21/2011 8:40PM

    So well said, Marsha!

I know I've been gritting my teeth the past couple of days due to something I read on a blog outside of SparkPeople. It was very innocent really, but the blogger was talking about how 1200 calories per day wasn't enough, and how she was losing weight on 2000 calories per day... ARRRGH!!

Well sure that works, if you're in your mid-twenties, work out at the gym an hour per day, are highly active outside of that, and are breastfeeding! Sheesh. Some of us are older, hormonally unbalanced, and frankly would kill to even be able to get to the gym.

And 1200 isn't starvation. Now currently I'm finding I have to eat a bit above that with my activity level or my body will hold onto every ounce of fat as if it's gold, but again, it's all highly individual. When I'm sedentary, 1200 is awesome!

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FROSTY99 7/21/2011 6:20PM

    Thanks for some great advice.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/21/2011 6:12PM

    great words of advice!

thanks!!

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MIRAGE727 7/21/2011 4:03PM

    I love positive waves! Good job, Marsha!
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AQUAGIRL08 7/21/2011 1:48PM

    You are absolutely right Marsha! You have to find what fits for you because all of us are different. You are very wise to point that out!

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JOYINKY 7/21/2011 1:38PM

    I couldn't agree more! This isn't a one size fits all process. Even the change of seasons triggers adjustments to stay on track. Don't give up fitness because of the heat; find an alternate plan.

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Down Time Musings

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Okay. Cough is not gone, but I can talk now. I still sound pretty pathetic, though. When I called in sick I this morning got sympathy instead of grief.

Some down time has made me think:
1. I used to do a lot of Suduko before I joined SP. Don't miss it, but after a little practice, I can still do it.
2. I had forgotten that before SparkPeople I used to play computer games. Definitely don't miss them.
3. My fitness routine fills a lot of hours, but I miss it.
4. I am very thankful for my basic good health and pretty healthy lifestyle. I've been grumbling about the effect this cold will have on my upcoming race, but I haven't once worried that I won't get well and pretty soon.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 7/21/2011 9:32AM

    Glad you are getting better. Still love my computer games but time is limited!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/21/2011 7:46AM

    I'm so glad that you are getting better. I was worried about you! Please keep taking care of yourself.
Hugs,
Cyndi

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MONTY68 7/20/2011 10:53PM

   
HI Marsha
Glad you are able to talk now. Sometimes I have heard coughs linger on but yet the person feels better.

You reminded me that I use to spend a lot of time with computer games. Can't remember when.

Each day you will feel better and better.

Monty emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/20/2011 9:29PM

    Glad you're getting better! Had more, lost it, too tired to do it over. Be well.

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_LINDA 7/20/2011 9:11PM

    Very interesting Marsha! I too, used to waste a lot of hours playing computer games before I got into my healthy lifestyle. Because of my sore legs, I didn't do my normal exercise in the morning, and now I am chomping at the bit to get moving as sitting around doesn't sit well with me (or my sore hip). I am not looking forward to my surgical layoff :( It will be long and lengthy and drive me stir crazy!!!! I hope you recover quickly from this nasty bug. Your healthy lifestyle is going a long way to helping that happen!
Hang in there!! keeping fingers crossed it breaks for you by the weekend!
Hugs,
Linda

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/20/2011 8:10PM

    If you can talk again now, you must be getting better emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2011 8:06PM

    You WILL get better, and quicker than if you weren't basically so healthy . . . no fun being sick, however, no fun at all. Glad they were sympathetic at work: we are too!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/20/2011 7:52PM

    Hooray, Marsha! Good points -- and you will soon be leading that healtier life you've worked so hard to get! I bet your cold isn't as bad/as long as it might have been in your pre-Spark days! Feel better soon!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/20/2011 6:39PM

    Don't you love the side benefit of getting better quicker? #4 above? I do!

And send you lots of speedy recovery wishes.

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