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I Decide to Take My Own Advice

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I spent some time thinking about it. Why is it that as an "adult onset athlete" I've come to enjoy running, walking, cycling, Zumba, elliptical, and many activities and exercises, yet I have not enjoyed the one athletic activity I liked as a teen, swimming?

The first time I tried swimming after years of not swimming, I dove in in front of my child, grandkids and husband and swam the American crawl. I kicked with all my might and thought I was doing really well, when I ran out of steam and had to stand up after probably 20 yards, 5 yards from the wall. I was totally out of breath and uncomfortable. What a disappointment!! A couple more times I swam and found I could swim 16 or 20 laps breast stroke or backstroke or sidestroke, but when I did the crawl I felt uncomfortable. I just couldn't seem to make it 25 yards doing the crawl.

Today I decided to take my own advice and approach swimming like I do running. I swam a lap breast stroke slowly to warm up, then I swam one lap crawl slowly, breathing every 2 or 4 strokes. I swam another breaststroke lap and a fourth lap of crawl, just a little more vigorously. I did not feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable. Then I got out, considering it a success.

I'm thinking of crawl/breaststroke/crawl as being equivalent to run/walk/run. I believe with this slow and steady approach, I'll come to enjoy swimming again!

(PS That was not my total workout today. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and a fast 10 minutes on the stationary bike before the pool. I still need to do 10 more minutes of cardio to meet my goal for the day. I'll do it!!)

  
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CATMAGNET 10/6/2012 9:20PM

    You know, that makes total sense to me, as someone who swims as well as runs and have had my own issues with crawl stroke. I'll definitely have to try that approach! THANK YOU!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/5/2012 12:02PM

    Congrats and Great job! Very admirable work!

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SWEDE_SU 10/5/2012 4:24AM

    sounds like a great workout to me! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/5/2012 2:05AM

    Way to challenge yourself again Marsha!! it always helps to change up your exercise! I do hope you regain the love of swimming you once had! I certainly can understand the joy of gliding through the water, losing yourself in the motion and cushioned by the water although I tend to sink like a stone :P
Enjoy this new dimension in your fitness level!

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JIBBIE49 10/4/2012 10:51PM

    hugs.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/4/2012 8:37PM

    I'm so proud of you for taking the plunge into the water. I wish I had been able to be there to swim with you. See? You went to water and I went to land. What a pair!!! LOL

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GABY1948 10/4/2012 7:32PM

    You are such a great inspiration...thanks for sharing such great nuggets!

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MEXGAL1 10/4/2012 7:27PM

    good for you. I know swimming is so good for us, especially as we age. I have a wonderful pool and it's heated and I just don't like swimming either the way I did when I was young. I spent my entire summers in the pool. So you are making me thing, perhaps I should work at it again. The other thing that is a bit of a pain in the butt is messing up my hair each time I swim. I know, not an excuse. So Marsha, thanks for the blog. I am going to rethink it.
Sallie

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PEZMOM1 10/4/2012 6:56PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/4/2012 6:40PM

    Absolutely the equivalent... I've dropped back to rotating strokes now that the triathlon is in the rear view mirror myself. I love rotating: right side, left side, breast stroke, elementary backstroke, front crawl, back crawl is a six length rotation. I get in the groove and just count the number of rotations, multiply by 150 yards to get my distance!

When I was tri-training, I was moving to all crawl (slow) in my swim workouts, and easily lost track of my counts.

Anyway... what I really wanted to say was: emoticon back to the pool! emoticon

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ROOSTER72 10/4/2012 5:10PM

    Great work - with that kind of effort you will get there.
I have heard people say that a single adult swimming lesson can be terrific too - just to give you some pointers!

You'll be doing triathalon next!

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MIRAGE727 10/4/2012 5:01PM

    What a victory, Marsha! I'm so happy for you!
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NATPLUMMER 10/4/2012 4:04PM

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MSLZZY 10/4/2012 2:23PM

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JOYINKY 10/4/2012 2:10PM

    I like "adult onset athlete" too! Sure beats most everything else that is "adult onset"!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/4/2012 2:11:28 PM

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GLASSART43 10/4/2012 2:03PM

    Good plan. I love swimming and made that my main form of exercise two summers ago when I joined SparkPeople. Like you, I was disappointed in my lack of endurance and enjoyment, but over a few weeks was soon swimming three times as many laps in half the time as I'd started. Most of the time I had the pool to myself, which helped.

This last summer I still swam, but had added biking, walking, Zumba and strength training. It still amazes me that for someone who never exercised consistently in my 50's, in my 60's I miss the activity if I don't do something every day.

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FROSTY99 10/4/2012 2:03PM

    emoticon Marsha, I hope you regain your love of swimming again.

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123ELAINE456 10/4/2012 1:27PM

  Swimming is a fun thing to do. Hope you can come to enjoy it again. Good for you to start out slow with it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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81MSMITH1 10/4/2012 12:49PM

    I haven't heard the phrase 'adult onset athlete' before, but I love it. I think I will definiately be using it in the future.

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-PAULA 10/4/2012 12:18PM

    Good for you! Swimming is great exercise!

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NEW-CAZ 10/4/2012 12:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 10/4/2012 12:10PM

    Good for you!

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Eggplant Surprise

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

When I stopped at the produce stand between my house and my daughter's they had a special on eggplant, just 50 cents each instead of $1.29. So I got one.

Usually, I spray a non-stick pan with olive oil Pam cook the eggplant until soft and brown. Sometimes I add tomatoes. I really like it either of those ways. But I couldn't find a good pan or spray at my daughter's house, and I knew she would not have any tomatoes in her house -- she doesn't eat them. I hadn't brought any other veggies to eat, so I was perplexed. Hmm.

I microwaved a whole eggplant, stabbed with a fork a couple times. Then I cut it in half, tasted, and it wasn't bad. But then I added an ounce of low fat mozzarella cheese and microwaved 30 seconds more. Then added a tablespoon of sunflower seeds. I was surprised at how good it was. The other half was just as good later!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/4/2012 8:41PM

    Sounds interesting! I like eggplant occasionally but can't eat it fried. Your way sounds like a good alternative!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/4/2012 8:12AM

    I don't eat enough sunflower seeds! Way to be resourceful.

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123ELAINE456 10/4/2012 7:24AM

  Sounds good. Thanks for sharing this with us. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. En Joy Your Day. Take Care.

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GOLFGMA 10/4/2012 7:23AM

    I love eggplant. Like the suggestion for using spaghetti sauce over it. I use spaghetti sauce over french cut green beans. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/3/2012 8:25PM

    That sounds really good: how inventive of you!

I enjoyed your comments on my fat kids blog . . . like you I'm a "fueller" when it comes to eating, looking for the best possible nutrition "buy" for the calorie "cost". And: gotta weigh/measure/track, probably for the rest of my days. Still, it beats gaining weight!

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GABY1948 10/3/2012 7:29PM

    Sounds DELISH! Now I have to find one! Thanks for the idea! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/3/2012 5:16PM

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PMFISH 10/3/2012 5:15PM

    Thanks for sharing! What a bargain on something that is so delicious. Will have to try out your discovery.

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FLORIDAGHOST 10/3/2012 4:33PM

    Simple and delish! Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/3/2012 3:50PM

    Sounds good!

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MEXGAL1 10/3/2012 3:20PM

    wow, that sounds so interesting Marsha. I am going to give it a try. I love eggplant.

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MSLZZY 10/3/2012 2:56PM

    My oldest son would peel the eggplant, then cjunk
it up and pour hommade spaghetti sauce over it.
Between him and his friend, they could each eat
a large eggplant for an afternoon snack. Just
another option! HUGS!

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FROSTY99 10/3/2012 1:45PM

    I like to make eggplant lasagna-my DH prefers that to plain ole normal lasagna!

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NATPLUMMER 10/3/2012 1:35PM

    That does sound tasty.....good way to improvise.

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Quinoa Review

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

A week or so ago I blogged that I was going to try quinoa and let you know what I thought about it. Well, the first time I tried it I used the microwave directions. It boiled over and I had to guess at how much water to add back in, so even though I thought it wasn't bad, I suspected I hadn't given it a fair shot. Next time I make it in the microwave it will be in at least a one quart dish even for one serving.

Second time I used the rice cooker instructions. I ate the quinoa with curried veggies and if I had gobbled it without looking carefully I might have thought it was brown rice. But I didn't gobble. I ate it mindfully and found it quite delightful, subtlety different from brown rice. The individual grains are smaller than rice. I suspect my picky family members wouldn't mind it, but I'll have to test that hypothesis.

It cooked up in less time than brown rice, although more time than white rice. The box I found was $5.99 at Publix and had 6 half cup servings. Considering that it is considered a complete protein with all essential amino acids, that's not too bad. I definitely will buy more.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/3/2012 11:28AM

    WW has a delicious breakfast recipe for quinoa with cinnamon and apples. I printed it off yesterday and will be making it soon. It sounds delicious! Kudos to you for trying something new!

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GODZDESIGN95 10/3/2012 10:57AM

    I have always been erry of the what I call weird grains....but I want to try it too.

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123ELAINE456 10/3/2012 12:42AM

  Will have to try it sometime. Thanks for the reveiw. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/2/2012 11:14PM

    I find it cooks quickly and have used a variety of SP recipes. Try quinoa, feta, spinach casserole, and black bean quinoa salad (if it's still warm enough for cold salads where you are). I usually use low sodium chicken broth as the liquid for additional flavor. Tried a Berry Quinoa breakfast dish, and didn't especially like that.

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WATERMELLEN 10/2/2012 9:31PM

    Quinoa is so versatile: savoury or sweet application! And as you say, more healthy than a lot of options.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/2/2012 8:34PM

    I simmer it in a can of diced tomatoes with chopped onion and peppers... bit of basil, black pepper, garlic for spicing... nums! Makes for a filling comfort food for fall and winter.



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FROSTY99 10/2/2012 7:19PM

    I am going to have to give it a try. I just started eating lentils in the past year and love them so this would probably add more variety to the diet.

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GABY1948 10/2/2012 5:32PM

    I am going to try it since I have never had it...THANKS!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 10/2/2012 5:07PM

    We first tried it years ago when my children were still elementary and Jr High ages. We all liked it and still do. Thanks for the good review.

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GOOZLEBEAR 10/2/2012 4:51PM

    I have never tried quinoa and I appreciate your posting this review of it. I will be giving it a try. Also appreciate the others comments too. emoticon

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BLUESKY_321 10/2/2012 4:00PM

    Try it as a hot cereal with a bit of cinnamon and dried fruit - yum! or, my favorite, as a cold salad - great with some chopped tomatoes, avocado, black beans, corn, and spicy dressing (olive oil, lime juice, and cumin to start!) So quick, versatile, and yummy!


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NEW-CAZ 10/2/2012 3:14PM

    I love it!

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MEXGAL1 10/2/2012 3:00PM

    I had it for the first time when I was in Seattle. Not bad but I won't be making a steady diet of it. Kind of blan. I know, need to add good veggies to it.

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BCARSON11 10/2/2012 2:21PM

    I discovered quinoa a while ago. I always make it in a rice cooker. I tried it because I read it is very good for us and has more protein than other grains. I really like it.

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MSLZZY 10/2/2012 1:52PM

    Great review! Thanks!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 10/2/2012 1:46PM

    I've tried quinoa and loved it! emoticon

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JOYINKY 10/2/2012 1:37PM

    I like it for boosting my protein; thanks for the reminder.

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NATPLUMMER 10/2/2012 1:31PM

    I love quinoa...glad you like it, too :-)

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Sunday Morn Bike Ride 9-30-12

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Really good 25 mile bike ride today. We started at 7:30am instead of 8am, so had plenty of time. In addition to the five women pictured, there were 2 husbands, a very congenial group.



Hope all my SparkFriends are having a happy, active day, too!

  
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RONALANA 10/1/2012 12:30PM

    Wonderful! I don't have a bike because traffic is so horrendous around here, so I end up doing about that same distance - but on a stationary bike - not near as much fun!

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123ELAINE456 10/1/2012 1:19AM

  Congratulations!!! Wow What a long ride you had!!! 25 Miles!!! I like the picture and Everyone looks very Happy. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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AQUAGIRL08 9/30/2012 8:42PM

    Wow! Twenty five miles is a lot! Kudos to you Marsha!!!

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IAMWINNING 9/30/2012 4:03PM

    Great! You all look so happy. It's nice that you have friends to ride with.

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FROSTY99 9/30/2012 3:45PM

    Inspiring. I want to get back to riding my bike-you are my inspiration!

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MEXGAL1 9/30/2012 3:17PM

    Wonderful! You all look so content!
25 miles was a good ride.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Sallie

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NEW-CAZ 9/30/2012 2:49PM

    emoticon emoticon love the pic of the group, you look like you're having a ball!

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COOP9002 9/30/2012 2:12PM

    Glad you had a good morning ride.

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MIRAGE727 9/30/2012 2:01PM

    Love it! Looks like a bunch of bikers who mean business!
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I did a 14 miler recently and am now looking for a more comfy bike seat! I figure I better get one since I want to increase my distances! I can feel your 25 miler now!
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Thanks for sharing, Marsha! Stay strong!
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/30/2012 1:36PM

    Still loving those photos! Way to go, group!

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Someone Who Cares

Saturday, September 29, 2012

My 27 year old nephew just got out of the hospital yesterday after 6 days, most of it in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. His blood sugar was over 620 when he was admitted which I read here online can be life threatening. How scary! He didn't know he was a type 2 diabetic.

His doctor has ordered him to walk 30 to 60 minutes a day. So when he asked if I would walk Lake Hollingsworth with him today, how could I say no?

I had already finished an 11 miles training run with my Galloway group. (I thought we were doing 12.5 miles, but the group settled on 11. At least it was considerably faster than the 11 I did two weeks ago.) I didn't sleep well at all last night. I thought about telling him I was too tired to walk today. I'm glad I didn't. For 2.84 miles he told me all about his plans to change his lifestyle: to reduce his computer hours and other sitting drastically, to limit his carbs to 75 per meal, to do the recommended walking, to keep a journal of his eating/ medications/ exercise, to make sure he gets his medications and to his doctor appointments, to keep reading and learning about his condition and the nutrition and exercise that can help him.

At this point there are many people in his life trying to help him and some nearer his own age and interests have his ear more than I do. Yet, I think today I established myself as not only someone who cares, but someone who knows a thing or two about exercise and nutrition. I sure hope he is able to make the changes that he needs so badly.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 10/3/2012 3:53PM

    If he asked you to go with him he probably wanted to hear what you had to say. I
sure hope this is his turning point.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/3/2012 12:00PM

    All the best to him and you.

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IAMWINNING 10/3/2012 10:21AM

    Bless his heart (and kidneys and pancreas, etc). The 620 reading is scary, but at least he's got the right attitude; and thankfully, he has turned to you for support, too. Marsha, you're an inspiration and an encourager; just what he needs to help him keep on going.

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EMMANYC 9/30/2012 2:24PM

    It's great that you're helping him. Have you introduced him to Spark? There's a resource centre for people with Type 2 Diabetes:

http://www.sparkpe
ople.com/resource/diabetes-diet
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MSLZZY 9/30/2012 8:33AM

    How wonderful that he confides in you and
you step up to the plate to help him. You are
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123ELAINE456 9/30/2012 12:52AM

  I'm glad that you are able to be there and help him. Very Proud of You. Hope he can accomplish what he needs to do for his health. May the Lord Bless You and your Family. Have a Wonderful Week. Have a Fun Day.

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JOYINKY 9/29/2012 11:08PM

    He couldn't have a better mentor! I hope he follows through and regains his health.

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GABY1948 9/29/2012 7:56PM

    This is WONDERFUL! So proud of you AND him. I pray and will keep praying he stays with it! I have a son like that and he knows I know what to do but he hasn't gotten his own oomph going! Thanks for sharing!

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PHEBESS 9/29/2012 6:51PM

    YAY that he looks at you as someone to emulate - someone who lost weight, has gotten fit, and has maintained!

You know, I've found with my nieces and nephews that sometimes they prefer to talk to me about problems - I think that aunts and uncles can be helpful and supportive and loving, but aren't as emotionally invested (read judgmental) as parents might be.



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FROSTY99 9/29/2012 6:50PM

    emoticon that he asked you to walk with him and that you decided to do it even though you had already done your walking stint. He may turn to you for support and it sounds like you will be there for him. He is going to be challenged at this as we are at losing weight and it is good to have someone he can go to who knows a bit about nutrition and can help him with the exercise.
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GOLFGMA 9/29/2012 6:47PM

    Glad you were there for him. Being a relative and older make make what you said more important to him. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/29/2012 5:54PM

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PAMNANGEL 9/29/2012 5:49PM

    Wow, it's good he can count on you.

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MEXGAL1 9/29/2012 5:37PM

    Wow, that is really something. What a great role model you are for your nephew. Glad you were able to conjure up the strength to walk with him and more importantly listen to him. There is a diabetic sparks I think in case he likes doing things on line.
Best of everything to him.
Have a great rest of the week end.
Sallie

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WILLOWBROOK5 9/29/2012 5:33PM

    I am sure he appreciates your support more than you can guess. You can be both a source of helpful information and an inspiration by your example. And of course, the fact that you care is invaluable.
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MRE1956 9/29/2012 4:38PM

    Hopefully your nephew will heed this "wake-up call"!

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PERSISTANT123 9/29/2012 3:21PM

    I'm so thankful that you were there for him and that he got another chance to change things around.

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WATERMELLEN 9/29/2012 2:57PM

    Your kindness and active support was so timely for him: you are a loving aunt. It may be that you will be able through your example to help him effect a real difference in his life!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/29/2012 2:49PM

    Glad you said yes, too! Pay it forward. He, like the rest of us, is worth taking care of! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/29/2012 2:42PM

    I can't think of anyone else who could possibly help him like you can, Marsha. He wants to make the changes and that is half the battle. I wish him well.

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NEW-CAZ 9/29/2012 2:39PM

    I hope so too, well said!

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SUNSHINE99999 9/29/2012 2:34PM

  Me too. well done for saying yes. emoticon

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