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Good Thoughts and Healthy Vibes

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Think I can outrun a cough?? I just may try. I ran 3 miles today with no walk breaks at just about 6 mph or 10 minutes per mile. Did 10 minute warm up before and 10 minute cool down after as well. I'm feeling strong and healthy. I'm trying to think as positive as I can and I'm washing my hands repeatedly.

Bet you guessed. Gwen has a decided cough and I think Natalie may be getting it, too. Hubby has had a persistent, but not very severe cough, for quite a while. After training for my half marathon for months, I am trying really hard to stay injury-free and healthy for the event (I didn't call it a race) on November 18th.

Feel free to send me some good thoughts and healthy vibes!! I can use all the help I can get.

  
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MIRAGE727 10/26/2012 12:20PM

    Load up on nothing but healthy foods that build your immune system and protect. Listen to your body 'cause you don't want to play with pneumonia! Drink a lot of water, and train smart! Congrats on a great run, Marsha! Be well!
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MSLZZY 10/26/2012 11:55AM

    Sending positive, feel-good, stay healthy vibes
your way. HUGS!

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MEXGAL1 10/26/2012 10:48AM

    Funny thing....I do not get a cold when I am not around the grandkids. My DH gets one every year at Christmas when we go up north as he isn't careful. Last year I didn't get the cold that everyone else got as I was so anal about washing my hands and not breathing in and walking away when the kids were sneezing and coughing. And I keep hand sanitizer on the counter and constantly used it and wiped the handles of doors, etc. I also think the colds are so much more potent these days and really put you down for the count. My husband was sick for like 6 weeks.
So be diligent and wash those hands!
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GABY1948 10/26/2012 4:40AM

    You are doing GREAT! DH and I carry hand sanitizer with us wherever we go and haven't had a cold in I-don't-know-when! Have a GREAT weekend!

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NEW-CAZ 10/26/2012 3:12AM

    Sending good thoughts and healthy vibes!
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KANDOLAKER 10/25/2012 9:48PM

    Being around so many with coughs, and the event is less than a month - it would be tempting to wear a face mask (like a surgical one). Best wishes to you and stay healthy!!

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IAMWINNING 10/25/2012 9:35PM

    Here's healthy vibes and good thoughts for you.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2012 9:30PM

    I'm sending you some positive vibes! I also hope that you, Gary, Natalie and Gwen will be feeling better soon! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 10/25/2012 9:17PM

    emoticon emoticon You're doing all you can; just listen to your body and keep making those healthy choices. Hugs.

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/25/2012 8:55PM

    Stay healthy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/25/2012 8:35PM

    Advice from a fellow runner: don't TRY to outrun it... if you start feeling tired... taper! Get extra sleep, don't skimp on nutrition and take really, really good care of YOU. I agree... EVENT, not race.

We are going to do this one right, Marsha... in an upright position, with smiles on our faces, and wanting to do it again! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 10/25/2012 8:28PM

  Sending Super Good Healthy Thoughts and Vibes Your Way. Eat Healthy and get plenty of Sleep. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Cae.

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MJREIMERS 10/25/2012 8:24PM

    Good thoughts and healthy vibes on the way! Awesome job running today!!! (I'm jealous!)

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WATERMELLEN 10/25/2012 8:17PM

    Definitely sending super-healthy thoughts and best wishes your way. Keep eating healthy: it really helps in thwarting a cough!!

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Problems Solved ??!!?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The laptop computer I bought six months ago went out. No power was getting to the computer. Tech came to my house and his visit was covered by warranty. Replaced my battery, charger, motherboard, and more parts. When he left my laptop had power. But then I could not connect to the Internet. So today I spent more than 2 hours on the phone with tech support and spent money to get services and software to help my computer run better. I certainly hope this is the end of my computer problems!! Fingers are crossed.

Hope all of you are having a happy, healthy day without any significant problems, computer or otherwise!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2012 8:11AM

    I'll bet you felt like smacking the computer! I'm so glad that it is again giving you access to Spark People. I know hubby has been sharing but there is nothing like having one of your own!

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NEW-CAZ 10/25/2012 3:10AM

    I hope your troubles are over now Marsha!
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_LINDA 10/24/2012 11:11PM

    Sorry you are having so much trouble with it. Doesn't sound like a reliable computer or help. They don't guarantee their work or at least check to see if everything works properly before they leave. I was think of a Dell for my next computer but having second thoughts now, for a laptop Toshiba Satellite has been the best, no problems with it what so ever.
I hope that is the end of your troubles with it..

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MIRAGE727 10/24/2012 9:50PM

    Hmmm, maybe next time it happens, I might have to trip up to Lakeland and check that puppy out! Keepin' my fingers crossed for ya, Marsha!
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123ELAINE456 10/24/2012 9:02PM

  I hope your computer is fixed this time. I have a Dell 17 Inch Inspiron too and have had problems with it ever since I brought it 3 years age because Qwest did not set it up right. Can't get Dell to let me send it back sp they can fix it. Warrenty will be up in December. Good Luck with yours. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week



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JOYINKY 10/24/2012 8:55PM

    I hope your problem is solved. I know that frustration! Hugs.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/24/2012 8:20PM

    And they said it would make life easier too. Ha!! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/24/2012 7:47PM

    It AMAZES me how often computer problems that the techie tells us are fixed . . . are not. Fixing one problem triggers another. Which we discover after techie-type has blithely departed. Grrrrrrrrr!!

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MEXGAL1 10/24/2012 7:03PM

    sure hope your computer problems are behind you.
I can not stand when it doesn't work right!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/24/2012 7:01PM

    Dealing as I am now, down one machine, "Ah feeeel your pa-yan!" You know, we get used to doing things one way, then when it breaks... we are lost. Hope your problems stay in the rear-view mirror! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/24/2012 6:44PM

    What an experience for the sake of technology!
What would we do without it?

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FROSTY99 10/24/2012 6:20PM

    Nothing worse than being without a connection to the internet!! Hope you are all fixed up now.

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/24/2012 6:09PM

    How annoying! Glad you're back.

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MSROZZIE 10/24/2012 5:43PM

    Hope the computer is now working and you will have a stress- emoticon less tomorrow. Keep the FAITH!

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IAMWINNING 10/24/2012 5:38PM

    So sorry you're having so much trouble with your laptop. I hope it's all fixed now, and you won't have to spend more money.

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Truly Enjoying

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Beautiful day here in central Florida. Our bike ride started at 54 degrees according to the time-temp sign we saw about 10 minutes into our ride. It was the first time I ever wore a jacket for our group ride. Needless to say, the jacket came off after just a few miles. When we ended our ride it was a perfect cloudless sunny, breezy 70 degrees! We went 23 miles and got to our half way point 20 minutes early, so rode all over Bartow with its lovely oaks and old homes. One of our riders got new clip-in shoes and pedals, so he was pushing the pace today which I liked. It was just a great ride! No group picture today, but you've seen enough of me on a bicycle.

I am so thankful to be fit enough to truly enjoy such an outing. No aches or pains from my 13.5 mile run yesterday. Just celebrating health and living the good life!!

  
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AGK3112 10/22/2012 11:08AM

    Its more fun doing exercise when weather is nice. It is getting really nice in FL. I wish I could go out for biking emoticon

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MIRAGE727 10/22/2012 8:02AM

    Most excellent! I love biking as cross training to the run. Of course, it's leading me dangerously close to Duathlons which eventually lead to Tris!
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_LINDA 10/21/2012 10:52PM

    Wow! You are truly awesome!! That is amazing, putting back to back fitness achievements like that! My Spark buddies are sure making me feel like a piker this weekend!!!
Its also wonderful you could take the time to enjoy your surroundings as well :) The reason I like hiking or walking is you have plenty of time to scenery gaze :) Unfortunately, I was too busy this weekend to get either activity in :( The weather was cold and nasty though, with high winds, would have had to suit up to go anywhere.
Have a fabulous, feel good week!!!

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MEXGAL1 10/21/2012 8:21PM

    It sounds wonderful! It is so great when we are in good health and can enjoy living!
woo hoo!

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SLIMLILA 10/21/2012 8:06PM

    Wow, I am so impressed... and here I thought I did good going for a walk with just my top, no jacket... but it was only about 2 or 3 km, just guessing... uphill coming back though...

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IAMWINNING 10/21/2012 5:53PM

    Great news, both for your bike ride today, and for yesterday's run!

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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2012 5:51PM

    Sounds terrific: the perfect activity on the perfect day, made possible by your steadfast commitment to fitness!!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/21/2012 4:36PM

    Wondeful day - now this is why we live in Florida!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/21/2012 4:14PM

    Where in Bartow did you ride? In Mary Holland Park and around that area? It was perfect out by about 8a.m. this morning. We went out for breakfast around 9a.m. I'm glad your run went well yesterday and that you enjoyed your ride today. Both days were perfect for exercising!

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123ELAINE456 10/21/2012 3:39PM

  Glad You had a Great Ride on such a Beautiful Day. Keep It Up!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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JERZGURL_NAN 10/21/2012 3:18PM

    it was gorgeous here in jersey too and kicking myself for NOT taking advantage of it. A bike ride would be perfect.

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JOYINKY 10/21/2012 3:04PM

    Wonderful Marsha! It's a beautiful day here too!

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JURASSICSUE 10/21/2012 2:58PM

    We were also out in lovely weather today - it makes you glad just to be alive!
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PMFISH 10/21/2012 1:21PM

    Impressive!

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SWEDE_SU 10/21/2012 12:35PM

    sounds wonderful! isn't it great that we can feel this way?!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/21/2012 12:27PM

    Keep it up!

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GABY1948 10/21/2012 12:25PM

    Glad it was such a beautiful day and ride! Enjoy your Sunday

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NEW-CAZ 10/21/2012 11:25AM

    emoticon Keep sparking Marsha emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/21/2012 11:21AM

    YAY!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/21/2012 11:07AM

    Love that you are consciously, mindfully, enjoying your fitness! It's not something to take for granted, is it? emoticon

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Gone the Distance

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I ran-walk-ran over 13.5 miles this morning. My group ran about 12 and a half and then I did a little more. Even with my back not 100% it felt good! I absolutely know without a doubt I can make a half marathon because I've already gone the distance!!

  
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ROOSTER72 10/21/2012 4:49AM

    Just 'a little bit more' on top of 12.5 miles!!! You are in great shape - you will do so well.

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That is fantastic!!! You are amazing!! That is an incredible distance! I really can't imagine ever running that far. You certainly are ready for the big day!!

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WOLFMOM64 10/20/2012 8:20PM

    emoticon Congratulations on a job well done, you should be sooooooo proud of yourself.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/20/2012 6:28PM

    Way to go Marsha!!! I knew you could do it. You've got to be proud of yourself!

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MNNICE 10/20/2012 5:53PM

    Way to go! You distance runners amaze me!

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MIRAGE727 10/20/2012 3:39PM

    Marsha, I knew you would do it as well! Continue to train well, get stronger, and be well!
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123ELAINE456 10/20/2012 2:10PM

  Awesome!!! This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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ONMYMEDS 10/20/2012 11:28AM

    So, when is the HM?

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COOP9002 10/20/2012 11:28AM

    Excellent!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2012 11:16AM

    Indeed you have! Now it's only a matter of not getting injured in the next four weeks, healing that back completely, and maintaining fitness for the task. You've got this in the bag! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Overcoming Threats to Healthy Lifestyle

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today I went just under 5 miles in 70 minutes on the treadmill. 40 minutes of it was run-walk-run -- actually 23 minutes of run @ average 6.7 mph and 17 minutes of walk @ 4 mph. The remaining 30 minutes were very slow warm up and cool down. My back is not 100%, but it isn't much of a problem, and I don't feel it when running. Expect to be fine for 13 mile training run on Saturday and should be on schedule for my -- exciting, exciting -- first half marathon on Nov 18th.

Last night I had another challenge to my healthy lifestyle; my laptop computer lost power which threatens my access to SparkPeople. Luckily, hubby is sharing his computer today. And, in what I think is good news, Dell is sending parts to a repair person who will call in 2 or 3 days and schedule an appointment to come to my home and fix it. My computer is only 6 months old. Hope this works. Usually I don't get extended warranties, but in this case maybe I should.

  
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GUITARWOMAN 10/19/2012 12:46PM

    Great walk. I'm still building up my treadmill speed after my foot surgery and am doing a tad more than 3 miles in 55 minutes.

I have a Dell. If you don't want to get a new computer every year, get a warranty. Less expensive and no software transfers. Mine is more than 3 years old and Dell may not support it for another year.

I will upgrade them.

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MNNICE 10/19/2012 10:42AM

    There are so many obstacles -- and seems the older we get the more difficult it is to make progress when we get thrown out of our "routine". But the longer we stick with the healthy lifestyle, the easier to get past the detours and back on track!

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LIFEISSOOOGOOD 10/19/2012 9:31AM

  Keep healing! Good luck with the practice run AND the repair of the computer!! :)
Wendy

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MIRAGE727 10/19/2012 9:24AM

    Lots of positive action there, Marsha! Stay strong and be safe!
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123ELAINE456 10/19/2012 6:37AM

  You are doing Great. Hope you get your computer fix soon. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 3:21AM

    Way to work it on the treadmill!
Sorry about the computer woes. These days, computers get out of date so quickly its not worth the extra cost of extending a warranty, just might as well get a new one as the price has dropped so dramatically. Its not showing a lot of faith in the product when you are only given a one year warranty! I also wouldn't go with a brand that has a history of needing repairs. My Toshiba Satellites have all worked great. I bought an HP and the hinges and screen cracked, a known fault in them, but there was no recall. I went back to my Toshibas. If hubby is not willing to share his computer, there is always the library..

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NATPLUMMER 10/18/2012 10:16PM

    Wow...you are fast!

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GABY1948 10/18/2012 8:44PM

    You are doing great! Can't wait for the big day!

I don't believe in warranties...EXCEPT on our computers we always get them (always get them from Dell too...and have never been sorry I got the warranties. Good luck

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/18/2012 5:01PM

    Having just shipped off my own laptop for repair... ONE month after the warranty expired... I'm seriously reconsidering my policy about extended warranties myself. In fact, bought one for this new little tablet.

I came home from work early... too grouchy to work... might be exhaustion... hope I'm back up to speed for Sunday's 15K, but for today, I prescribe an early bedtime. Hope you get your machine back soon, Marsha! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/18/2012 3:11PM

    Good for you to log so many miles on the treadmill. that is awesome.
Sorry to hear about your computer. I hate when that happens. I am lucky as I have an IPad as backup for me.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Sallie

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IAMWINNING 10/18/2012 3:09PM

    I'm glad you've been doing fine with running/walking again, Marsha. Good luck with the training run on Saturday and the 1/2 marathon next month.

I did not get an extended warranty on my computer when I got it about 16 or so months ago, and now I wish I had. Some day I'll get a new computer (they don't last forever) and when I do, I will get the extended warranty. I'm tired of the recurring problems I've been having.

Hope you're having good weather.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2012 3:02PM

    I'm glad Gary is sharing with you! emoticon Sparking is part of my daily routine and I would be a lost soul without it!

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MSLZZY 10/18/2012 3:00PM

    Whatever it takes to keep on SParking!

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