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Challenge Myself and Embrace Each Day

Wednesday, January 29, 2014



Saw this picture on FaceBook and wondered if I could post it here. Then I saw that it originated on SparkPeople, so I guess I can. Small world. It really speaks to me. Powerful.

One other picture on my FB home page grabbed my attention: a picture of my granddaughter, Natalie. It hit me. She really is growing up. Time flies. You can't grab time and hold on, but just embrace each day, each moment.



Life is fleeting. Life is sacred. May I never wish away a moment again! It's one of those lessons I seem to have to grasp over and over. Live life fully. Challenge myself. Compete with my old self. As ONEKIDSMOM reminds me daily, Life is Good!! We are worth living fit and living healthy.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 1/31/2014 10:05AM

    Life is good!

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DDOORN 1/30/2014 9:21PM

    I'm with STRIVERONE...that graphic NAILS IT, as for my attitude toward my recent re-set! I'm just DONE with the old me!

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STRIVERONE 1/30/2014 9:11PM

    I'll have to find a male's version of that first image.
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GABY1948 1/30/2014 7:14PM

    What a great inspirational picture and your granddaughter IS growing up. Scary, isn't it? They just don't slow down because we want them to, do they?
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NATPLUMMER 1/30/2014 3:29PM

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MARGARITTM 1/30/2014 12:30PM

    love the poster!!!!!! Thanks!


I've got an old me to beat too!


Your granddaughter is blossoming into a beautiful young lady

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_LINDA 1/30/2014 12:16PM

    Great find with the poster! Sparks has tons od motivational posters.
Wow what a photo of Natalie! Before you know it, she will be a teen!
Sure can't take anything for granted!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/30/2014 10:51AM

    Watching children grow always humbles me because they grow so fast. Time goes by so quickly that we have to grab for all the gusto we can, in order to enjoy it. To me this means that worrying about the past eats up valuable time that I can spend savoring the present. Thanks for the reminder!

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MEXGAL1 1/30/2014 10:19AM

    Great poster...thanks for sharing.
And your granddaughter gets prettier and prettier. And yes they grow up fast. I can't wait to go North again to be with our grands. We leave at the end of March, early April timeframe.
Have a great day
Sallie

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/30/2014 10:01AM

    Love the poster and love the pic. Kids grow up so fast!

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SUSANNAH31 1/30/2014 8:01AM

    That old me poster is a great inspiration. And your granddaughter looks so cute.
Enjoy the day, for sure.

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BLUENOSE63 1/30/2014 6:29AM

  Love the blog title! Great inspiration for my long workout today!

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POSITIVE41 1/30/2014 6:01AM

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MYTURNNOW2013 1/30/2014 4:42AM

    emoticon and your granddaughter is a cutie!

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/30/2014 4:42AM

    Love your line "may I never wish another moment away." emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/30/2014 3:55AM

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MSLZZY 1/29/2014 11:44PM

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SPARK ON!

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EDDYMEESE 1/29/2014 10:46PM

    Awesome message!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/29/2014 10:40PM

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BOOKAPHILE 1/29/2014 9:55PM

    Those little ones grow up if we just blink!
I love "the old me is going down" poster. I can see how that would spark your training.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/29/2014 8:24PM

    When did Natalie get so grown-up? Wasn't she just a baby last time we turned around? Spark on... and savor!

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CHANGINGHORSES 1/29/2014 8:20PM

    Love!!!!! Great message and I try to keep in mind always. Life is very short, live it!

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WATERMELLEN 1/29/2014 8:20PM

    What a fine blog. Each of us DOES know our "old me" that's for sure. And what a pretty young lady your granddaughter is becoming!!

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Let's Count This Run as a Big Success!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Most of my usual Galloway running group members are running Celebration Half Marathon tomorrow, so they didn't run today. Only 2 of our 9 pace groups did run today, and I had my choice of 5 miles really slow or the fastest group (all members who regularly do full marathons and I'm a half marathoner) for 11 miles. The Program Director reassured me that I could do it, so I went with the fast group. I borrowed a windbreaker/rain jacket as I had taken fleece and there was a light mist at the beginning of the run. The weather got nicer as the sun rose; temperature was in the 40's.

About 4 minutes into the run we tackled a big hill. I had muscles that didn't like it and my cardio was about maxed out. I considered turning back; one other person did turn back. Glad I didn't quit. We ran intervals of 2:1, 2 minutes run and 1 minute walk. Sometimes in order to keep up I had to run longer and walk shorter, but I did keep up. I was never the last person, although up hills I was usually the next to last person.

We ended up running 11 miles in an hour and 59 minutes, which is a pace a little faster than my best half marathon. I'm a little sore now. Just used the foam roller. All in all, I think it was good for me. Nice people, too. I count today's run a big success!

  
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_LINDA 1/30/2014 12:18PM

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Very well done Marsha!! You are amazing!! I hope you suffer no ill effects after doing those hills..

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BLUENOSE63 1/30/2014 6:31AM

  Wow! That is a great NSV! You should be very proud of yourself!

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/30/2014 4:43AM

    Inspiration...just pure inspiration!!

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/29/2014 3:20PM

    Wow! You are inspiring me to keep up my running. Great job!!!

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LEWILL1982 1/29/2014 1:53PM

    That's amazing, such an inspiration, congratulations!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/26/2014 9:35PM

    Awesome job Marsha!

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MBTEPP 1/26/2014 9:10AM

    WOW! emoticon emoticon

Challenging yourself, pushing your limits, making new friends, all incredible and motivating.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/26/2014 7:27AM

    Now that's the way to move out of a comfort zone. Great job! You never back down. I love it.

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TAICHIDANCER 1/26/2014 5:59AM

    As always you inspire me. Congrats on this awesome achievement.

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TXPATRIOT 1/26/2014 12:35AM

    You are so awesome!

An inspiration to us all!

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STRIVERONE 1/25/2014 9:35PM

    Very nice. No coasting for you.

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WATERMELLEN 1/25/2014 9:04PM

    Absolutely HUGE success! You are doing terrific!!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/25/2014 7:12PM

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AMANDAJCD 1/25/2014 6:52PM

    That's awesome Marsha -- congrats!!

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GABY1948 1/25/2014 6:11PM

    emoticon job, as usual, Marsha. I agree with the others, you ARE such an inspiration to so many of us! I was just talking about you to my dh! Keep up the GREAT WORK!

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MSLZZY 1/25/2014 5:58PM

    You pushed yourself a little more than usual but it proves you can do anything. HUGS!

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NATPLUMMER 1/25/2014 5:40PM

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RUN4FOOD 1/25/2014 5:04PM

    Congratulations! As I recall, you've surprised yourself several times like this.
What else are you capable of, but just don't know it yet?

I feel more stretch runs coming for you.


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MEXGAL1 1/25/2014 4:12PM

    Wow Marsha that is totally awesome...you rule!
Enjoy the rest of the week end
Sallie

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BOOKAPHILE 1/25/2014 3:05PM

    I can hear your comfort zone stretching from here. You can do so much more than you think. emoticon

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WIFE48 1/25/2014 2:54PM

    Awesome job. emoticon emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration to us all.

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DIANNEMT 1/25/2014 2:39PM

    I would certainly count that as a success!! I do 5Ks at best and your run would have killed me! LOL

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TERI-RIFIC 1/25/2014 2:16PM

    Awesome!! I'm taking vicarious pleasure for us women over 55.

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MYTURNNOW2013 1/25/2014 1:58PM

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Aren't you ever so glad you didn't run with the slow group?

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HARROWJET 1/25/2014 1:53PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/25/2014 1:45PM

    emoticon Proving once again, you can do more than you THINK you can do! emoticon Now, good rest/recovery and onward!

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SLIMLILA 1/25/2014 1:21PM

    Humongous Congratulations to you!!!! Don;t know what all the stats mean, but keeping up with the fast group, seems impressive to me.... Yeah, You!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Stamina, Corn Bags, and Count Down

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today was Senior Dance with hubby. I am so tickled that his stamina has increased. He never exercises for exercise sake, but he has been walking the dog consistently for about 2 years now. We've been dancing 1-2 times a week for about 8 months. Today we danced more than an hour of the 2 hour event; 6 months ago he'd only dance a couple dances. He is doing more of the fast dances, too.

And we have made some great friends at the dance. Tomorrow we are playing Corn Bag Toss in preparation for the Senior Games' competition with a group from dancing. The hostess invited us over late morning as she wants to get her workout in first, so I'll see her at the Y first.

Should you be wondering, yes, I'm on a bunch of medication including steroids for the psoriasis. The bottle says can cause dizziness and drowsiness. I don't really feel dizzy nor drowsy, but kind of weird in a way I can't describe. Just 23 more days of steroids -- counting down!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/26/2014 9:27PM

    You never know how you can affect other people just by example. Congratulations to Gary (and you) for a job well done. Steroids initially make me sleepy, then they make me hyper. When I was teaching, my co-workers could always tell when I was on steroids for my asthma. I would plan and run off enough stuff for weeks. I would stay even later than normal and arrive earlier in the morning. I was like the Everready Bunny! LOL

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2014 10:48AM

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CELIAMINER 1/24/2014 10:25AM

    You clearly are a good influence on your DH! Good for him for becoming more active in his own way and time.

Thinking of you as you continue the meds. I hope you are already seeing improvement so you can wean off of them.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/24/2014 10:08AM

    I hope you continue to feel ok for the next 23 days.

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/24/2014 5:50AM

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NEW-CAZ 1/24/2014 2:55AM

    Counting down with you. The warnings are there for legal reasons Marsha.

Glad you and hubby enjoyed the dancing, wonderful exercise that's so enjoyable.

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TAICHIDANCER 1/23/2014 11:33PM

    Yeah, dancing can be tough without stamina. Glad your husband is getting better.

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MSLZZY 1/23/2014 11:21PM

    I am sure you can't wait until you are done with the steroids!
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BOOKAPHILE 1/23/2014 9:10PM

    You've got to love exercise that is so much fun it doesn't even feel like you exercised!

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WATERMELLEN 1/23/2014 7:59PM

    What a great way to exercise, together. Hope that the psoriasis (my dad had it) is totally vanquished soon!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/23/2014 6:38PM

    "weird in a way I can't describe"... O-kay! I'll count down with you, too... 23!

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GABY1948 1/23/2014 6:35PM

    Marsha, I'll count down WITH you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 1/23/2014 6:34PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!
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MEXGAL1 1/23/2014 6:31PM

    I say ignore the bottle. they have to put stuff like that on there for legal reasons. I know I have no adverse symptoms from being on my steroids since June.
And remember don't use being on them to give you a license to eat whatever you want!!!!
You got this.
So glad that your DH is dancing more. Sounds like fun.
Have a nice evening.
Sallie

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Always Something to Celebrate Here

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I just passed 100,000 fitness minutes tracked since I started SparkPeople in Sept of 2009. Thanks to all of you who gave positive strokes on my feed. That averages 1971 minutes per month for over 4 years. Thanks to SP or I wouldn't have any idea that I'd accomplished that feat. I am thankful that there is always something positive to celebrate in SP Land!!

  
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WATERMELLEN 1/23/2014 8:00PM

    Fantastic! And: look at the results!!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/23/2014 4:13PM

    SparkPoints are great, BUT Fitness minutes are golden. Congratulations!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/23/2014 1:31PM

    Wow, that's a lot of minutes! Congratulations!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/23/2014 12:56PM

    Wowie Zowie!!

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2014 11:50AM

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LEWILL1982 1/23/2014 11:47AM

    That's awesome, way to go and way to move!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/23/2014 10:16AM

    Congratulations!

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GABY1948 1/23/2014 8:05AM

    emoticon and that is a GREAT accomplishment, Marsha! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/23/2014 6:21AM

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NEW-CAZ 1/23/2014 2:58AM

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TINAJANE76 1/23/2014 12:44AM

    Congratulations! That's quite the fitness consistency.
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WILD4STARS 1/22/2014 11:07PM

    Awesome! You rock.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/22/2014 10:59PM

    Congratulations! And I second the thanks to SP!

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Still Here

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Don't worry about me. I'm still committed to living healthy, eating smart, getting in my 3 runs per week and increasing strength training. I'm dealing with some things right now -- health issues, possible jury duty, difficult family member, possible job/schedule change for SIL that will increase my already long hours of child care duties, and so on and so on.

If I count my worries, there are a lot. If I count my blessings, there are a myriad!!

  
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MARGARITTM 1/22/2014 2:23PM

    exercise especially running is my therapy....hope it works for you too!

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MSLZZY 1/22/2014 7:29AM

    Life goes on and we adjust to the changes as best we can. Jury duty may be a pain but this too shall pass. HUGS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/21/2014 8:34PM

    emoticon and warm thoughts, whether I see you here or not... I'm thinking of you!

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WILLIS9301 1/21/2014 8:27PM

    Hang in there!

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WATERMELLEN 1/21/2014 8:17PM

    Wishing you well, sorry that you have so much on your plate . . . we're all here sending supportive thoughts your way.

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BLUENOSE63 1/21/2014 7:23PM

  Marsha

Sending some good vibes and prayers your way hoping things get a easier.

Take care

Cheryl

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TRAVELGRRL 1/21/2014 6:32PM

    Hang in there. Everything passes in time!

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BABYSTEPS123 1/21/2014 5:32PM

    Hang in there! Do the best you can and know things will settle out soon! Counting your blessings is a NSV at its best!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/21/2014 2:15PM

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BOOKAPHILE 1/21/2014 2:15PM

    I'm glad you're keeping it all in perspective and maintaining your good habits. I hope it settles down to be manageable fairly quickly.

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MEXGAL1 1/21/2014 2:06PM

    Sending you tons of positive thoughts.
You have a wonderful attitude.
Best of everything to you.
Sallie

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SEAJESS 1/21/2014 1:00PM

    Glad to hear you are hanging in there. I'm in a similar situation. Here's to us both staying in touch and on track.
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ME_B4_INSANITY 1/21/2014 12:32PM

    Life gives us trials so we can remember where our center is.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/21/2014 11:59AM

    Hang in there. This, too, shall pass.

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GABY1948 1/21/2014 11:59AM

    Good going, Marsha! Remember, things can change in a minute!

Glad to hear from you even if just for a minute! It will all work out in the end! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/21/2014 11:39AM

    I like your perspective very much. I hope things settle some. emoticon

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/21/2014 11:36AM

    emoticon So glad you are still here...you are such an inspiration to me.

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_LINDA 1/21/2014 10:55AM

    You have such a great attitude Marsha! You do have to consider your own needs too, especially if you are having health issues. You can't afford to burn out or put your own interests, needs and wants on the back burner to look after someone else's.
I hope things can be worked out with everything.
Look after yourself, you are important too!
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LEWILL1982 1/21/2014 9:53AM

    Very optimistic of you and a great outlook on life. If only there were a few more hours of day light each day to get all the stuff done on our schedules!

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SLIMLILA 1/21/2014 9:50AM

    What an awesome conclusion you drew.... thank you for your inspiration, it's all in the perspective, isn't it? And I needed an attitude adjustment.

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RITAROSE 1/21/2014 9:40AM

  Changes in our routine can be very challenging. Good for you to keep up your exercise and eating smart! emoticon Keep up the good work! You are worth it!
Hugs, Ritarose

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