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Not the I Word!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I hate to say it, but I'm taking a day of rest. My training schedule has me cycling today, but I'm going to take a pass. Something is just not quite right with my left glute muscle. I'm feeling it now even when I'm not running. May have an issue with the left IT band, too. The IT band feels very sore when I'm using the foam roller, but it doesn't bother me when I'm running or at any other time.

The discomfort started back a couple weeks ago. I may have overdone the hill work. It isn't terrible. I could still exercise. But it isn't getting better fast, so I think a day or two of rest is in order. I don't like the word "injury." I'm thinking mild strain. Hoping a little rest will do it. Time will tell.

So on this day of rest, my focus will be on cleaning up the eating. Haven't done as well as I'd like the last 3 days, so this is the perfect time to weigh and measure proper portions, 100% track, and make very wise selections.

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/25/2013 10:43PM

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AQUAGIRL08 4/25/2013 8:14PM

    You are very wise to listen to your body and take a day off. I sure hope you feel better soon! Thanks for trying to take Old Mike dancing today. He'll feel better in 2 weeks and I'll prod him to go again!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 4/25/2013 7:02AM

    Use some ice/anti-inflammatories and rest. It does a body good once in awhile!!!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/24/2013 10:43PM

    You're doing great!

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_LINDA 4/24/2013 9:58PM

    I hope its nothing serious. I know its hard, but 'rest' is not a dirty word. in fact hopefully it will allow you to come back stronger. Just listen to your body and don't push it. I am struggling to 'rest' this problem elbow, doing all I humanly can to. Being righted handed with a bad right elbow is a real challenge, but I am trying. Its no fun not being able to go 100%. But even 75% will have to do.
There is always meditation and yoga to keep you moving in a gentle way and maybe the stretches will help loosen things up.

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MANDELOVICH 4/24/2013 8:44PM

    Smart of you to rest. That way, you can heal quickly and get right back to your normal training. I'm sure the rest will help a lot and good for you for your new resolve with tracking!

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MSLZZY 4/24/2013 7:47PM

    A very wise decision on your part. Hope all is resolved soon.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/24/2013 6:52PM

    Wisdom is knowing when to take a rest day, a recovery day... a little extra body repair time. You are one active woman, Marsha... a day of rest will help, not hurt! Spark on, O Wise one!

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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2013 6:48PM

    Rest, absolutely.

And every once in awhile I also have to get really serious about the food weighing thing . . . just so portions don't "creep up" on me!!

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PMFISH 4/24/2013 3:55PM

    My daughter worked on my IT band and glute muscles yesterday and boy do I feel better today. She also put the kinesio tape on and that always helps. Hope your is feeling better soon.

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IAMWINNING 4/24/2013 3:10PM

    I'm sorry you're sore, but glad you recognize the importance of resting and giving your body a chance to feel better.

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RUN4FOOD 4/24/2013 2:20PM

    Any light stretches you can do?

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LEWILL1982 4/24/2013 1:01PM

    Great point about getting back to measuring and making good choices, especially on our rest days! So often, I have my biggest slip ups on my rest days (typically Friday's for me). Feel better!

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NANCYPAT1 4/24/2013 12:44PM

    Rest is an important part of practice and a healthy lifestyle too.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/24/2013 12:32PM

    Rest and come back stronger! Smart to listen to your body.

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KANDOLAKER 4/24/2013 11:58AM

    Marsha - you are a smart lady. Way to listen to your body. Hope the discomfort goes away soon!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/24/2013 10:02AM

    Better to be safe. Great choice!

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CELIAMINER 4/24/2013 9:57AM

    Way to listen to your body! I have a serious walking friend who didn't listen to her IT band and ended up taking a year to heal it properly (and gaining weight to boot).

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GABY1948 4/24/2013 9:57AM

    Good for you, Marsha! Listen to your body! Our bodies do know how they feel!

Blessings to your day!

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MIRAGE727 4/24/2013 9:56AM

    I agree with Catherine. My IT band is a bit tender but I've been getting deep tissue massage in my PT and I roll it in the evening. I don't have to tell you to embrace your recovery days, Marsha.
On my jet to Lincoln, I was reading an article in Runner's World on recovery's importance. I've learned my lesson.
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NEW-CAZ 4/24/2013 9:52AM

    emoticon rest is just as important Marsha and you recognize that.!

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JOYINKY 4/24/2013 9:45AM

    Muscles need recovery time; rest is a GOOD thing! Enjoy your day!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/24/2013 9:38AM

    If it is sore when foam rolled only, that is more likely a sign that you have been using it, especially if it doesn't bother you when running, etc. My leg muscles always feel tender when I foam roll. That's why I do it regularly, to prevent it from progressing to an injury.

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FREELADY 4/24/2013 9:31AM

    Thanks for the reminder to weigh and measure!

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STRIVERONE 4/24/2013 9:22AM

    Maybe today the "I word" is "Intelligence" because that's what you are exercising with this decision.

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Runners United

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Last evening's Runners Unite for Boston event was moving, which I really did not mean as a pun. That hundreds and hundreds of people showed up for an event that had been publicized only for 48 hours is pretty amazing. People were so touched by the events of the Boston Marathon they wanted to do something, something. My nephew and I sure wanted to. So we ran. Some runners were sad. Some defiant. Some determined that running events will not change. We saw firefighters running in full gear. We saw more than one person running with a heavy American flag. We saw babies in jogging strollers and an old man running with a cane.

We are in this picture below, although I haven't actually found us yet:
We were proud to participate.

  
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IAMWINNING 4/24/2013 3:09PM

    I'm proud of you, too, for participating. GREAT idea, that apparently sprouted up all over the country. YEAH! emoticon

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MKELLY72 4/24/2013 1:05PM

    What a fantastic display of support and determination!
Michelle

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PAMDAQTPI 4/24/2013 12:38PM

    We had a run in Winnipeg for Boston but it was before I got off work. I'm so glad you managed to attend the event.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/24/2013 7:38AM

    Over 1000 showed up in Lincoln, Nebraska for the matching event here. Great photos in the local news. I had a competing appointment so was there only in spirit... but the heart of the running community sure showed on Monday night!

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WENDYSPARKS 4/24/2013 7:24AM

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MSLZZY 4/24/2013 6:38AM

    A wonderful thing to see so many people united for a good cause!

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NEW-CAZ 4/24/2013 2:57AM

    What a wonderful community Marsha and such a touching way to support Boston.

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PMRUNNER 4/24/2013 2:00AM

    That is really great, what a community!

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_LINDA 4/24/2013 12:18AM

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Its wonderful people come together, stay strong and honor the fallen. We will never give into to those that would do us harm. So glad you could participate!

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MIRAGE727 4/23/2013 11:53PM

    Got to Lincoln, NE this morning and saw that there was a huge run around campus for Boston last night. It really isn't surprising since this is the heart of the running community! Way to get out there and do it, Marsha!
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RUN4FOOD 4/23/2013 10:01PM

    Quite a tribute.

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COCK-ROBIN 4/23/2013 9:55PM

    Wonderful!

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Savoring the Moments

Monday, April 22, 2013

We truly did have a great time at Epcot on Saturday. Here's pictures of the grandkids having fun in Imagination, playing music by jumping on light squares:







Those are the times to remember and savor! I have a lot of mundane tasks and housekeeping chores to do today, but just remembering these special times keeps a smile on my face! I also recommit again to eating as healthy as I can which includes a 100% tracking!!

  
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IAMWINNING 4/24/2013 3:07PM

    Your grands are precious. It sure is nice to watch them having fun, especially on something they don't normally see/use.

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_LINDA 4/24/2013 12:07AM

    It truly is the Magic Kingdom for kids!! I was eternally grateful Mom sacrificed extra to make the one day we spent there special. It was a very long road trip and she made sure we saw as much as possible along the way -it was the highlight of my childhood growing up. We saw lots, from the red wood forest to the grand canyon. She was a single parent working 3 jobs to raise us, don't know how she did it.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/23/2013 10:56PM

    I love the pictures! Sometimes memories are made of by doing simple things and then again, sometimes by doing some pretty cool things. It sounds like you had a wonderful time!

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MONGO2TEN 4/23/2013 7:30PM

    Beautiful grandchildren. Glad you had fun.

~Nancy

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/22/2013 8:54PM

    Love the pictures!!! It looks like they are having great fun. Sure made me smile and remember when my daughters were young. Thank you!!!
Congratulations on getting back on track and recommitting to eating healthy!!! WAY TO GO!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JOHAL52 4/22/2013 8:30PM

    They are beautiful!! Memories to savor indeed!

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FRAN0426 4/22/2013 8:16PM

    Beautiful pictures of you granddaughters. I? remember the couplle of times we enjoyed great times with our DD and family---great memories for both grandparents and grandchildren.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/22/2013 8:07PM

    That center pic of Gwen? She looks just like her gramma! Hands on hips, chin up... defiant of anything the world would toss her way, with a grin on her face? Priceless!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/22/2013 7:55PM

    Wonderful!

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WATERMELLEN 4/22/2013 7:48PM

    Such adorable little girls. You are building great memories with them and for them.

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MANDELOVICH 4/22/2013 6:34PM

    Lovely and glad you had a great day off!

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ANDY_54 4/22/2013 2:06PM

    I hate to say it but I would have been tempted to jump on a few squares myself, lol. Looks like fun. Good luck with your tracking--I have a renewed spirit to track everything these next two weeks as sort of an experiment. We'll see how it goes

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FITMOMINNJ 4/22/2013 11:59AM

    Great pics, so nice to see young ones ACTIVE:) emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/22/2013 10:27AM

    That looks like so much fun. I remember our grandsons' playing on a staircase like that in the Boston Science Museum. Times to treasure, indeed.

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STRIVERONE 4/22/2013 10:27AM

    Beautiful kids. The middle picture reminds me of an early Shirley Temple movie.

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BOOKAPHILE 4/22/2013 10:21AM

    It IS so hard to track when someone else makes the food and doesn't share all the ingredients. A day off, now and then, is necessary, and it makes you appreciate the regularity of your "normal" day and food. (and your granddaughters are cuties!)

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DONNABRIGHT 4/22/2013 10:04AM

    I remember jumping on those last time we were there with the grand! Enjoy your day.

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KANDOLAKER 4/22/2013 9:32AM

    Great photos!!

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GABY1948 4/22/2013 9:14AM

    What FUN! You are a great grandma! HUGS

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JOYINKY 4/22/2013 9:14AM

    You've put a smile on my face this morning too!

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MAGGIE101857 4/22/2013 8:51AM

    Can't wait to bring the twins! They are already fans of Mickey Mouse!

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MIRAGE727 4/22/2013 8:42AM

    As a fellow Grandparent, I'm so happy for you! They are our lil' sparks for sure! I definitely have to bring Gianna to Disney & Epcot!
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Disney World Fun

Sunday, April 21, 2013

We had lots of fun at Disney World yesterday! Here's some evidence of recent good times:





I carried around a lot of healthy food and water yesterday all day, and still ended up going significantly over my calorie range by bedtime. Oh, well. I don't have to be perfect!

I missed my Saturday long run, so got up this morning and ran 8.66 miles. Felt good. I love the group long runs, but on the other hand, getting to set exactly the pace I want is a treat, too!

Have a great day, healthy and happy, everyone!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 4/23/2013 11:00PM

    Where's Gary's crazy hat? LOL I'm glad that you enjoyed your day with your family. I sometimes like to exercise by myself just to change things up. I'm impressed that you went out and did such a good run by yourself. Kudos to you!

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FITMOMINNJ 4/22/2013 11:59AM

    Those pictures say it all. What a great family you have:)

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SHRINKINGSHERI 4/22/2013 7:00AM

    Great pictures!!!!!

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_LINDA 4/22/2013 12:38AM

    Lovely photos -great looking bunch of folks there! So glad you were able to make up the run you missed -seems like you have to consider it as 'me' time, you have so little of that. To me I think of running as more of a solo activity, getting lost in your thoughts and your body's performance! Glad you enjoyed the opportunity to run at your own pace!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/21/2013 9:44PM

    What a wonderful weekend!!! So glad you had such a great time!!! Keep up your great work as you are doing such a super job!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MSLZZY 4/21/2013 9:32PM

    Disney World did not keep from being active this weekend. Sometimes going it alone is the way to go. Hugs!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/21/2013 8:22PM

    Way to go! Looks like you had a blast in Disneyworld!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/21/2013 7:04PM

    Beautiful family!

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GABY1948 4/21/2013 6:08PM

    Wonderful weekend! You have the BEST attitude, Marsha! SPARK on!

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NATPLUMMER 4/21/2013 5:23PM

    What a great weekend :-)

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PMFISH 4/21/2013 4:39PM

    Looks like a grand time! Nothing better than making memories with the family! Thanks for sharing.

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MIRAGE727 4/21/2013 4:18PM

    Sweet! One of these days, I have to take D & Gianna to Disney World. I might break down and do at least one Disney run! Glad the family enjoyed, Marsha!
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FROSTY99 4/21/2013 3:47PM

    Looks like a fun time for all. Can't believe how the girls are growing.

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COCK-ROBIN 4/21/2013 2:40PM

    That's wonderful!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/21/2013 1:00PM

    You probably burned some extra calories walking all day at Disney so going over calories one day is not a big deal. I know you will be back on track today.

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MANDELOVICH 4/21/2013 12:18PM

    Bravo! You are amazing and I'm glad you let go while on your special day!!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/21/2013 11:13AM

    A day off is perfectly reasonable! You aren't starting a bad trend. I think you chose a good way to spend time with your family and enjoy each other. You also enjoyed running again today. From here you seem pretty well balanced!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/21/2013 11:10AM

    Grin and Spark on... and just because you go over ONE DAY, doesn't mean you're headed back to where you started! Which, I know you already know, but gotta throw that out there! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2013 10:58AM

    I often say to my very very admirable clerk, "I'm not holding you to a standard of perfection . . . " when she finds it necessary to apologize for some slight (and she is SO GREAT) omission . . .

But yeah. Do tend to hold myself to a standard of perfection too.

We're good enough, Marsha. Yes we are.

(And in your case, way better than good enough!!)

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Success Team

Friday, April 19, 2013

I was invited to join the SP's Official Success Stories team. I suspect that is an honor. I accepted. Not sure exactly what I'm getting into, but I'm sure I'll find out.

  
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    Congratulations! You very much deserve the honor!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/22/2013 10:29AM

    Oh yes, you are a success and inspiration to be emulated. Your story should have the widest possible audience.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/21/2013 9:16AM

    Yes, I imagine it IS an honor! (Now if it was called Sparkpeople Massive Fail Team, I would suspect it was NOT an honor!)

Congratulations--you will continue to motivate and inspire many more people!!

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NANCYPAT1 4/20/2013 11:59AM

    Congratulations. That is an honor.

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BOROFITGIRL 4/20/2013 8:00AM

    Congratulations!!! I am so proud of you!!! I want to grow up to be like you!!!

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STRIVERONE 4/19/2013 11:47PM

    You certainly are a success.

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COCK-ROBIN 4/19/2013 10:42PM

    I'm proud of you!

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_LINDA 4/19/2013 9:35PM

    Congratulations!! I am betting they want to feature you on a Daily Spark blog! They are finding your story as inspirational as the rest of us do! Very well deserved!
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MANDELOVICH 4/19/2013 9:20PM

    You are a true success story and so inspirational to us all! I'm so glad that more will get to know your story!! Congratulations!!

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WATERMELLEN 4/19/2013 8:51PM

    Congrats to you: I'm SURE it is an honour!! You'll be an inspiration to even more people!

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