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Recovery Underway

Monday, October 24, 2011

My cough has finally gone away after 5 weeks of hacking! Yesterday I went to the gym and did a little over a half hour on the elliptical. I didn't push it and I could tell I'm not at the same level I was before I got sick. But I haven't lost a great deal. I'll be back up to speed and endurance in a month, I'd guess. We'll see.

Likewise for the strength training. Take the horizontal squat machine. I originally started at 88 pounds and that was a challenge nearly two years ago. I have done as much as 202 pounds, but before I got sick I could do 176 without strain. Yesterday I tried 132 pounds and it was easy, so I went up to 154. I'll regain my strength soon.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2011 5:02PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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MISTYRIVER64 10/25/2011 8:26AM

    So glad you're on the mend. emoticon

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MONGO2TEN 10/25/2011 5:59AM

    Glad you are feeling better:)

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_LINDA 10/25/2011 12:57AM

    Glad you have finally seen the backside of that evil bug!! That was a very tough one!! You actually sound like you haven't lost that much at all for that long a lay off -great work!! Hope you feel stronger and better and more your old self soon!

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FROSTY99 10/24/2011 7:29PM

    Sounds like you are on your way back. Don't do too much. We have a friend in the hospital with pneumonia right now and thinking he might have had a heart attack-take care of yourself and get healthy!

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JOYINKY 10/24/2011 5:26PM

    Glad you're on the mend; I didn't realize you've been sick that long! Hopefully that will be it for the winter! Just ease back in; I know you are; but I also know the temptation to go too fast. Be well.

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MIRAGE727 10/24/2011 4:46PM

    Excellent. Take your time. You're coming out of it!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/24/2011 4:16PM

    Good to hear you are doing better.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/24/2011 4:15PM

    emoticon news!!

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MEXGAL1 10/24/2011 12:35PM

    Sounds like you and i are in the same boat. With my recent illness, i haven't been doing the strength training that I normally do so it is much harder to do the weight I was at before. I know though that we will both get back to where we were. I am just amazed how quickly we lose strength at our age. It just goes to show how important it is to keep up with the strength training as we age.
Let's both keep on keeping on!
Have a good one.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/24/2011 11:40AM

    It's a virulent bug; glad you're feeling much better. Have a good day.

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Without SparkPeople, He Would Have Gotten Away With It

Saturday, October 22, 2011

First, let me say I adore my son-in-law. He is a very kind, polite and considerate person. Usually he is an attentive and effective father as well as one of the most caring people in my life. However, his halo might have slipped just a bit yesterday.

In my blog, I shared the picture of Natalie with her arm in a sling, and appreciated the many sympathetic and supportive comments from my SparkFriends. Cyndi (Aquagirl, a leader of our local SparkTeam) made such a comment and added, "Please tell her that I'm sorry that I didn't recognize her at the Tow Jam in Bartow Friday night when she got lost."

Hmmm. I hadn't heard anything about her getting lost. We had met dear son-in-law at his place of employment about 5:30 pm on Friday and given him both kids so we could go out to dinner and to a symphony concert. My daughter was still going to be working for many more hours.

So today I asked him about it when he called. He immediately said she was never really lost, that his older brother knew where she was at all times. However, my son in law thought she was right behind him and didn't realized she had stopped. His brother just wanted to see how long it would take him to realize she wasn't there. Evidently, it took a while. When she thought she was lost, the big brother finally spoke up.

I probably should have left it alone. "Natalie was lost? I hadn't heard anything about that!," my daughter said at the dinner table this eve after I brought it up again. See, without SparkPeople, neither my daughter or I would have ever known. Thank heavens she's fine. I hope they both learned a bit of a lesson.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/23/2011 10:30AM

    Why would anyone cause such hurt to a child??? I think the brother was also wrong for not immediately bringing Natalie back in to the group.

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MISSPEACHES3 10/23/2011 8:49AM

    What a blessing that she is O.K.

A note for Parents and Grandparents:
I worked in a department store for 30+ years. When we had a lost child in the store, one of the things we asked, was what was the child wearing.

But be aware: Clothes can be changed quickly. But the one thing that usually cannot be changed quickly is a childs shoes. So, parents be aware of the shoes your child is wearing.

Blessings to you.

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BRAVEONE92 10/22/2011 11:36PM

    I am so glad that Natalie is safe. Little girls are picked up
every day, from incidents like these. We just can't be
too careful. Hopefully, SIL will be much more attentive
and lesson learned, from now on. We all fail at times,
but hopefully he will be even a better dad now.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/22/2011 10:00PM

    Oh, dear, I didn't mean to get anyone in trouble! It's just that when they walked past me with the stroller they were talking, not paying attention and almost hit me with the stroller. I jumped out of the way. So, I noticed the group.

A moment later, I was waiting for hubby and I saw this little lost girl with this big red cast who looked worried. Hubby got there and I said to hubby, that it looked almost like your Natalie. She saw me and started to run to me but wasn't sure. We asked if she was lost and she nodded. Then her daddy came running up behind us and she ran to him and started to cry. I felt bad because she had turned to me and I didn't immediately recognize her until it was too late. I wanted to comfort the look of panic on her face and I didn't. For that I am so sorry.

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TBRANCH2 10/22/2011 8:48PM

    I am glad things worked out for the best but, the main issue should be what a traumatic event it was for Natalie!! This is something that SHE will NEVER forget!! Yes, I am sure it taught SIL a lesson but, I bet it really is set in stone in Natalie's mind! Glad she is safe!! Good for "brother"!


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WILD4STARS 10/22/2011 8:47PM

    So scary it just takes your breath away.
Hopefully a lesson learned.

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FROSTY99 10/22/2011 7:59PM

    Amazing how the truth comes out-when one least expects it!

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MEXGAL1 10/22/2011 7:58PM

    that's a scary thing I can move so fast and disappear. I am always watching closely when I take my grandchildren shopping. so glad all is well though and she wasn't lost long.

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Things Happen

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Above is Natalie with her splint. She now has on a bright red cast. She just fell running in my yard. She didn't hit anything. Kind of strange, but it expected to heal up and just be fine!

Hope everyone else is all in tact. Even Natalie has a big smile on her face now!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/21/2011 8:13PM

    Bless her heart!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/21/2011 8:08PM

    Poor baby, I hope she is feeling better soon. Please tell her that I'm sorry that I didn't recognize her at the Tow Jam in Bartow Friday night when she got lost. I did get to see her red cast though! She got her hair cut and has grown a lot taller!

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FROSTY99 10/21/2011 6:46PM

    She will have something to remember about staying at Grandma's for sure and the cast will be her badge of honor. I hope she heals quickly and keeps that happy face on.


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HAPPYSOUL91 10/21/2011 11:07AM

    awwww, poor little girl, glad it will heal quickly and be ok. Bath times are going to be a pain though

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MEXGAL1 10/21/2011 9:45AM

    Oh, poor little gal, but things like that do happen when you are an active little one. Glad she is not doing to badly with it. Glad to hear she will mend and keep on going strong.
You have a great attitude.
have a wonderful day.

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BRAVEONE92 10/20/2011 10:28PM

    So sorry that she broke her arm. Freak accidents happen
like these often. I am glad that she is going to heal okay.
She is a beautiful little girl. I know how grandmas feel,
when their GC gets an injury.

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MIRAGE727 10/20/2011 9:41PM

    Tell her she still looks movie star pretty. Get a pic of the red cast! I wish her a speedy mend and Grandma relief from worry. I know how I would feel with Gianna.

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JOYINKY 10/20/2011 8:00PM

    You're right Marsha; things just happen sometimes! She'll mend better than ever; she's a pretty resilient looking gal. Cute too!

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_LINDA 10/20/2011 6:51PM

    Wow! What a freak accident! Glad she will be okay! So many people have hurt themselves badly from just a fall :(
She is just the sweetest looking little girl! Bet it won't slow her down any...

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WATERMELLEN 10/20/2011 5:54PM

    What a brave little girl. These things happen -- both my kids have had broken bones growing up, and I did too -- husband as a young adult. That bright red cast sounds like a good choice! Will she decorate it up with stickers or markers?

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DONNABRIGHT 10/20/2011 5:18PM

    Wow, we just never know what can happen. She must have landed just right. So glad she is doing well.

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WILD4STARS 10/20/2011 4:57PM

    Bless her heart! Glad to hear it will heal just fine.

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Can Hardly Wait

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I've been too sick too much with three summer colds and I haven't been able to keep up my exercise and running. Yesterday I did a Leslie Sansone one mile walk, my first workout in nearly a month. My chest let me know that I wasn't 100%, but I thought it was okay. This morning, though, I tried the 2 mile walk and my chest really did not feel right so I stopped. I made a doctor appointment, but can not get in until Monday. By then I'll probably be better or really, really need a doctor.

Perhaps I'm just being a wuss. Sometimes it is easy to listen to your body, and sometimes it is just hard to know what is needed. I can hardly wait to get back to an active lifestyle!!

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2011 7:28PM

    Not remotely close to being a wuss: you cherish yourself (very deservedly) and are taking care of yourself!! Yeah!!

Totally agree with Linda -- pain in the lungs demands attention and rest.

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PEGGYANNSCH 10/19/2011 7:00PM

    I love Leslie Sansone Video her walking DVD That is what I do my walking is with her DVD I have about 5 of her DVD

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JOHAL52 10/19/2011 6:43PM

    I don't think you are a wuss at all!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/19/2011 4:23PM

    Yep, time to call in the pros. Hope they have a fast and easy fix for you.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/19/2011 11:10AM

    I am so glad that you are seeing a doctor. It sounds like asthma and allergies - hopfully that's all but you never know. Seeing a medical professional is best when it goes on this long. I hope that you feel better soon.

I understand wanting to work out. I've been unable to do that for almost a year now. You know that I've been really restricted for the last 2 months so I feel your pain. Hang in there - it will get better!

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_LINDA 10/19/2011 1:50AM

    I am really concerned that you are having pain in the lungs :( That is a very bad sign. Unfortunately, with upper respiratory issues, working out is not a good idea. You have been suffering on with this for far too long. I hope your Dr. can find out what is what. I am hoping its nothing more serious, but better to be safe then sorry..Resting is the best thing you can do for yourself, and being in moist enviroments to help draw out the bad things in your system would be helpful..Give yourself as many steaming hot baths as you can tolerate..Or put a towel over your head over a bowl of hot water to loosen things up..
I do fully understand the need to exercise and not being able to. Can't say this plugged nose and ears are much fun. I hate mouth breathing, but at least my lungs are fine.
Hang in and feel better soon,
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MARTHAWILL 10/18/2011 8:58PM

    Definitely time to see your doc. Let us know the outcome. Wish you well and wellness.

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JOYINKY 10/18/2011 7:20PM

    Marsha, I know it's hard but sounds like you need some down time. Yes, listen to your body; you have good instincts. Glad you are seeing the Dr. but I do hope you're feeling better before Monday! Rest and be well.

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FROSTY99 10/18/2011 6:39PM

    I am glad to hear you are heading in to see the dr. Sometimes we push our bodies too hard and they do talk back. Take care till then dear friend.


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SLIMMERJESSE 10/18/2011 6:36PM

    Get well soon. Better to listen to your chest, otherwise a relapse could be on the horizon.

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NEWNAC304 10/18/2011 5:18PM

    I think you're doing a good thing by listening to your body and not pushing it too hard. Good luck at the doctor's.

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MEXGAL1 10/18/2011 5:15PM

    Gosh I so hear you! It is so hard sometimes to decide what to do and what your body is telling you. I had been healthy all year until about the 25th day of vacation and I crashed and burned. had to go on an IV in Rome and we had to cut our vacation short. we think i got dehydrated from the cipro i was on for a bladder infection. That was about a month ago and just Sunday, I crashed again and wouldn't you know, the bladder infection is back and i am on drugs again. i am starting to feel a bit better but not right.
It is just so hard sometimes when you don't feel well. I will be thinking of you and sending you positive thoughts for good health.
keep me posted.

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Meeting? Is There a Meeting?

Monday, October 17, 2011

I swear I thought I saw somewhere that SparkPeople was going to offer online "meetings". Has anyone attended one? If so, review please. Or does anyone have any info about when they are and how to attend? Thanks.

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PEGGYANNSCH 10/19/2011 7:03PM

    No it is news to m,e

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PARKERB2 10/18/2011 3:07PM

    Haven't heard of them. Interesting.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2011 2:17PM

    Interesting. This is the first I've heard anything about it. Thanks for the information.

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_LINDA 10/17/2011 11:19PM

    Here is the link:
You get one week free trial, then there is a fee after that..
There was a daily Spark blog about it recently too I believe.

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JOYINKY 10/17/2011 2:57PM

    Oh my; afraid I'm spending too much time here already. But, no; I was not aware of them.

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ROSEWAND 10/17/2011 1:29PM

    I am wondering if there will be online meetings
for maintainers? So far from what I can tell
the focus is on weight-loss, which while appropriate
is not the whole story, by any means.

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MIRAGE727 10/17/2011 12:54PM

    I'm weighing whether I need it and want to pay the monthly cost.

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WILD4STARS 10/17/2011 12:26PM

    They are on a website called

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WILD4STARS 10/17/2011 12:25PM

    I have attended a few of them. They are good. They're on line, if you have a camera on your computer you can even "show up." You can participate by talking or typing whichever works for you. They have different subjects, there's one that is an orientation that gets you familiar with the system.

You really should try one, I think you would like it.

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SHANTISHANTI 10/17/2011 12:25PM

    Having an online meeting would be awesome, hope what you heard is true.

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