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Turn Around

Friday, October 26, 2012

A lot of things were not going too well. Two year old Gwen is sick. Naturally, she's fussy and that takes a lot out of me. Hubby has probably the worst cold he's had in over 30 years. It seems like he was a little sick for a couple weeks and now suddenly it is much worse. So I'm having to do some things for him and some things he usually does. I would not describe him as fussy, but I can't think of a more accurate word. On Monday Hubby got stopped by police (I was in the car) and received a $153 ticket for forgetting to renew his registration; and it is 3 points on license which may raise insurance rates. Seems like there are a million home maintenance issues and we are only getting to 900,000. OK, I am exaggerating, but some days I look around and want to run away from home!! Talk about running, I've even got a conflict with my running group about my last long run before my half marathon. When I was focused on the negative, I kept finding it.

I was just feeling less than enthusiastic about anything this morning. Then getting on the scale made me feel worse. I wanted to do something to turn around my focus on the negative and I did.

Do you know what made me feel better almost immediately? I put on some clothes I really like. I chose something I usually save for going out, but just decided to wear it on this day even though I wasn't going to do anything special. Honestly, I don't know why it made me feel so much better. Seems kind of shallow, but it worked all day. And I'm thankful.

Gwen seemed a little better by this afternoon, I've got chicken soup for hubby, and hand sanitizer for me. Looks like our Galloway program director will run my last long run with me. Everything else will wait. I'm thankful that I'm feeling positive and feeling healthy!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/28/2012 7:41AM

    I don't think that putting on a nice outfit is shallow at all! I do the same thing when I feel down. I read somewhere that when you like the way you look that it does have the effect of making you feel better. I think it has something to do with color too. If I wear my favorite color, I naturally feel good.

Thank goodness your Galloway program director is going to step up to the plate and run with you. That is very generous of him and good for you too! I know that you'll be a good running buddy!

If Gary has been sick for two weeks, it may be time for him to visit a doctor. I know that diabetics have different immune systems and I tell Mike the same thing. A lingering illness is nothing to play with when you are diabetic. Would cantankerous describe a sick hubby? I know that's how mine acts when he doesn't feel good. LOL

I'm glad Gwen is starting to get better. I've missed seeing you both at the gym this past week. That is most likely why you are having a bad time with the scale too. You are out of your normal routine of exercise, socializing and eating on plan. Once you get back in the groove, everything will drop back into place.

I'm sending you and your family positive vibes! Take care of yourself!

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MIRAGE727 10/27/2012 9:39AM

    Stay strong and focused, Marsha! I think you did the perfect move to feel better. That shows strong positive waves and a healthy mindset! I'll have to remember to add your move to my repertoire for getting rid of the negative! Now, if I can only find a new PINK running shirt!
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SEPPIESUSAN 10/27/2012 9:31AM

    You have a great ability to look at the positives! I'm sure everyone will be feeling better soon.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/27/2012 9:05AM

    It does seem to come all at once, doesn't it? So glad you were able to motivate yourself to change your attitude. I hate feeling negative about things we can't change.

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MSLZZY 10/27/2012 8:04AM

    It is difficult to keep a positive attitude when it
seems as if the world is against you every step of
the way. Hope everyone is feeling better. Good
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of mind. HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 10/27/2012 2:44AM

    Glad you managed to turn your sour mood to sweet Marsha, hope Gwen and hubby feel better soon.........hope you don't catch it too.

I'll let you into a secret.....when I feel the blues I do exactly the same- get my favourite gear out and have a pamper, works every time!

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_LINDA 10/27/2012 12:49AM

    So sorry your hubby and granddaughter are sick :( Way to turn a lousy day around! I sure hope you don't catch it -good plan with the hand sanitizer! That is nice the program director stepped up to run your last long run when you were unable to make the group run -that is a break! Dressing up in nice clothes isn't shallow -everyone likes to look good -glad it perked you up
I hope your weekend goes much better!!
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JOYINKY 10/26/2012 8:34PM

    Way to turn your day around! Proud of you! I hope Gwen and Hubby are better soon. You stay well! Hugs'

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123ELAINE456 10/26/2012 8:15PM

  Way to turn things into being Positive. God Bless Youn DH and Family. Have a Wonderful Week.Take Care.

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MEXGAL1 10/26/2012 8:03PM

    Wow, Marsha that is a lot to deal with. Yikes with Gwen and DH being ill.....remember to keep washing those hands and use sanitizer! I pray you don't get it. Good job on picking yourself up and doing something that makes you feel good.
Have a good week end.
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GABY1948 10/26/2012 7:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's our girl! You are my inspiration! I know things will get better...seems like this week EVERYONE I know is having days like this...even me...dh walked by my computer (new in April) and sloshed coffee on it. I didn't think it did anything, but it doesn't type what it should...like 1 is a U and 2 is an I...but luckily we always get the 3 year coverage so I packed it up!

Everything is going to be better for ALL of us! Bless your heart for your great attitude! HUGS bigtime!

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CANDOSUE52 10/26/2012 7:04PM

   

It's all about attitude, isn't it.
Hope you don't get sick too!

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MARTHAWILL 10/26/2012 6:51PM

    Way to turn things into a positive. Have a great weekend.

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IAMWINNING 10/26/2012 6:38PM

    Ah, Marsha. So sorry you're having such a rough patch right now, but you sure were smart to find something to perk you up. Good for you! Glad Gwen seems to be getting better - hope DH does, too. Do whatever you can to stay well.



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WATERMELLEN 10/26/2012 6:34PM

    Sorry you're having a tough patch; glad you found an excellent (calorie free) way of coping with it. It's always amazing how much better I feel when I put on some clothes I like!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/26/2012 6:25PM

    Ah... when you run away from home, can I come, too?

Are you doing your "last long run" this weekend or next? I'm thinking I have to go moderately long this weekend, and a little longer next, then moderate the following weekend... then taper. I should be a proper coiled spring by the time race day arrives, with three days in a car on the road before the expo.

As for the clothes making you feel a bit more yourself? I read an article oh, 40 years ago... they did this study with telephone workers, placing mirrors in front of them while they worked. Those in front of the mirrors smiled more, and it improved their customer interactions, making them more pleasant and positive. Never underestimate the power of a smile... and if wearing something that makes you smile will help your day... GO FOR IT!

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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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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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