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Monday, April 14, 2014

My new glasses - single vision so I can see the ground well, Transitions for shades, and wrapped at the temples for unobstructed view - are great EXCEPT they fog up. This morning I ran over 6 miles in my neighborhood. I loosened up the strap to get more air around, but that only helped a little. I had some anti-static, anti-fog cleaner and that helped a little, but it might be old and out of date. Anyone have a suggestion on an anti-fogger for my running glasses? I do really feel much less likely to fall with good vision of the ground.

While I'm asking for recommendations, on a totally different subject, does anyone have a recommendation for a good vacuum cleaner? I've been reading reviews online, but haven't come to any conclusion. My new carpet is just 2 weeks old and I want to keep it looking new for as long as possible.

Thanks, SparkFriends!!

  
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BLUENOSE63 4/18/2014 8:38PM

  I love my Dyson Animal Vacuum. We have two shedding dogs and I vacuum everyday. This vacuum, works great, easy to empty, clean, wash etc. I have hardwoods and Berber carpets and dozens of throw rugs and to switch settings on the vacuum all you have to do is push a button as opposed to changing heads!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/17/2014 2:05PM

    My Miele cat and dog is the suckiest vac cleaner I ever had.

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GABY1948 4/16/2014 5:56PM

    Marsha, I'm late but Dyson is the best but I am a vacuum freak...and I have 5 different ones I use for each thing. I love the Oreck small one for easy jobs and it is SO light to use! If you can, try them out at the stores....some are so bulky....but if you can spend the money the Dyson will not disappoint!

And I don't know if it really helps all that much but I also have Crizal lenses like someone else said. I don't run so can't tell you and my glasses are about 8 months old and they already have a "newer and better" Crizal now!



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POSITIVE41 4/15/2014 5:55AM

    Never had my glasses fog up, that must have been annoying.
We have a Hoover Windtunnel and are happy with it.

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KPETSCHE 4/15/2014 4:56AM

    We have a Rainbow vacuum. It uses water in a canister to filter the air. Kind of a pain but it works real well. I haven't worn glasses in years (lasik surgery) but I can imagine it's a pain to deal with. Good luck with finding something else for the fogged up glasses.

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WATERMELLEN 4/14/2014 8:01PM

    Wish I could help but looks to me like you've got a lot of great advice here!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/14/2014 7:51PM

    Dyson fan, here, too.

Sorry, no anti-fog advice!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/14/2014 5:43PM

    We have a Dyson and it is great for carpets. It is a little awkward to use under cabinets and the other tools are not convenient but ours is the first model out so the newer ones may be better.

I would have suggested you loosen the strap which you already did so no help there.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 4/14/2014 4:26PM

    I cannot comment on the vacuum as my Eureka Upright with bags is over 20 years old and still going strong. I just have trouble finding bags now. Eventually that will force me to buy a new one.

If you google "how to make glasses anti-fog" there are recipes on the internet involving using white vinegar and water, wiping it on the lenses and letting it dry. I am surprised they didn't offer you Crizal lenses to avoid that problem.

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NATPLUMMER 4/14/2014 4:20PM

    Sorry, I can't help. My glasses don't get fogged over very often and the vacuum we have is pretty crappy. Looks like Catherine has good info for you, though.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/14/2014 3:58PM

    I looked at Consumer Reports. For carpets, Hoover Windtunnel is highest rated (several models). Kenmore is also highly rated, but not as high for carpets as the Hoover (very good vs excellent in that one category). However, the Kenmores are rated a little higher for pet hair. Highest rated is Hoover Windtunnel Anniversary Edition. The Hoover WindTunnel Max is a "best buy." The Kenmore Progressive is a "best buy."

I have a Hoover Windtunnel which I like. It is not new by any means, but still does great on my carpets. On floors, I prefer a canister vac. Mine is a Eureka -- extremely ancient. If I were buy a canister vac now, I'd probably go with Kenmore based on the CR recommendations.

Miele vacs were 2nd and 4th on the list -- but twice (#2) and three times (#4) the price of the Hoover or the Kenmore.

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MEXGAL1 4/14/2014 3:58PM

    geez, can't help you on either...sorry. I don't own a vacuum as we have tile floors.
but have a good evening.
Sallie

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_LINDA 4/14/2014 3:27PM

    Mom and I both have a Meile that we love. Hepa filter and quiet running, you know it cleans well when inside the canister is not full of dust like a lot of vacuums. High quality German engineering..
I used to play paintball and had a horrible time fogging up my glasses behind the goggles until a teammate had me try some anti fogger he got from a dive shop. Don't remember what it was called, but that is the place to go. Worked very well.

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MBTEPP 4/14/2014 2:26PM

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A good anti-fog technique we used to use for swim goggles and diving masks, and I am not sure the same applies on dry land, is to rub a bit of spit on the lense. I would try it since I always do this in water, but not sure you would do the same.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/14/2014 1:20PM

    We have a Dyson and love it! They have a newer one that has a ball for easier cornering. I wish we could afford to upgrade to that model. We have had ours for 11 years and have be totally pleased with it.

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TERI-RIFIC 4/14/2014 12:55PM

    1. I don't know. I have to wear contacts (But I appear to sweat a LOT more than you)

2.The Sanitaire Commercial mighty mite canister. SC3683A
I had a central vac in my old house (for 20+years) We also had a vacation place that we rented out that I had to clean for renters. I burned through (literally burned them out) several vacuums that were highly rated. This little dickens -and I mean small and very light- has the closest amount of suction to the central vac of any I've ever used. Very powerful suction. It has a shoulder strap so you can carry it upstairs or just carry it. My mom had a Royal and I have used a Kirby at church and this is better. I paid $120 but I think they are a bit more now. 130 or 140.

That being said, I once bought a Bosch dishwasher on recommendation of my SIL and BIL as the BEST BEST BEST DW ever. It was the WORST and more expensive than I would have ever paid except for them. It was so bad I gave it away.
So, I really like the vac but you may hate it. Good luck.

PS my hubs swears by cat crap anti fog. REALLY good luck if you go by his opinion - but you only lose $7

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 4/14/2014 12:36PM

    We love our Dyson vacuum. It is the only one we haven't murdered (other vacuums last about a year with two very long haired people living here), most likely because it has an option to just "suck" rather than only "roll" the dirt into the machine (so the hair doesn't get a chance to get all tangled into the machine). I am not sure if all Dysons have the suck-only option, but ours does.

The only downside is that it is very heavy, and it feels like a workout just using it/getting it in and out of the closet. :-/ I think we got ours in '07, so newer ones may be lighter.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 4/14/2014 12:17PM

    I love my Shark Rotator. I have it since July after going through two other makes in two months. My mom just got a shark and loves it as well.

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I Missed You!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We went to Nashville to the Women's NCAA Basketball Championship. Our seats were way, way, way up high:




One of the highlights of our trip was seeing Danielle Bradbury and Cassadee Pope (Winners of The Voice) perform:



Cassadee also did a great rendition of the national anthem prior to the game.

We also saw The Parthenon, the Frist (Art) Museum,
(I took the picture) and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Honestly, even though I'm not big on country music, I thoroughly enjoyed it. We ate a lot of meals out, but I did pretty well over all. I'm proud that I got up early every morning and worked out in the motel's fitness room for 70 minutes each day, running twice and elliptical once. Here's a shot of downtown Nashville:

So, I'm glad I went but glad to be home now. The dog is really glad we're back. My daughter did a great job housesitting and even our baby guppy is in good shape. Won't see the grandkids until tomorrow morning, but looking forward to that. And I missed my SparkFriends a lot. Glad to be back here with you, too!!

Edit: All these pictures (except Frist) were taken by my stepdaughter. She's the woman in the Frist picture and a wonderful person. I didn't take a camera.

  
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BLUENOSE63 4/18/2014 8:40PM

  Nice job of multi tasking!

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BOILHAM 4/17/2014 7:28AM

    Nice trip! Good that you were able to get in your exercise, too.

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    WHAT a great time....you sure know how to live! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/13/2014 10:25AM

    Super job! Good for you for working out.

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LAILATN 4/11/2014 8:19PM

    Welcome back. Glad you enjoyed Nashville. Way to go for working out at the hotel!



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MEXGAL1 4/11/2014 12:44PM

    way cool! I loved Nashville!

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MSLZZY 4/11/2014 11:08AM

    emoticon So glad you have such a good time! HUGS!

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TERI-RIFIC 4/11/2014 7:12AM

    You packed a lot into that trip! We're glad you're back, too. I love to read reports of fun trips with lots of eating out yet staying on track with healthy eating, activity and weight. emoticon emoticon

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PMRUNNER 4/11/2014 6:13AM

    Sounds great, thanks for sharing!

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TORTISE110 4/11/2014 6:12AM

    Welcome home from your adventure!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/10/2014 10:22PM

    Sounds like a fine trip. Glad you had a good one, but good to "see" you back here, too.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/10/2014 9:57PM

    Sounds like a nice mini vacation.

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JOYINKY 4/10/2014 9:22PM

    Sounds/looks like a great time! I like getting home too. Thanks for sharing. :)

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MBTEPP 4/10/2014 8:55PM

    So exciting!

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1BEACHWALKER 4/10/2014 8:32PM

    Sounds like fun! Never been there! Glad you made it back safely!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/10/2014 8:19PM

    Sounds like you had a fun time!! Now to rest up from the trip!!

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    emoticon HOME! Sounds like a great trip!



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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/10/2014 8:03PM

    What a fun trip. Did you have a team in the tournament?

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AQUAGIRL08 4/10/2014 7:40PM

    You were missed! Love the pictures. See you at the Y!!!

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HARROWJET 4/10/2014 7:25PM

    It sounds like a fun time.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 4/10/2014 7:16PM

    cool!!!

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Glasses, Tight Shoestrings, and Staying in Condition

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I got my new glasses. They have removable magnetic parts at the temple corners that make them like goggles, especially good for cycling. The lenses are Transitions, changing from clear to sunglasses. They have an adjustable removable strap in the back to hold them on tight. But best of all, they are single vision, which means I can see the ground really well, as opposed to my regular progressive glasses where the bottom is really meant for reading. When I run with the new glasses there is no doubt I can see better. I am so hoping these glasses will help keep me from falling. I know that being attentive, picking my feet high enough, and just being careful is important, too.

Today I ran 10 miles. At mile 9 the top of my feet were hurting, so I stopped and loosened my shoe strings. Couldn't believe how much that helped. I know feet can swell as you run and mine must have. Had never had that issue before, but I'll watch to make sure I'm not tying them too tight before I leave from now on.

It had been 5 weeks since I'd run over 6 miles, partly due to a cough that messed with my training last week. My leg muscles were a little sore after the run today. My plans are to do at least one 10 mile run each month so that I don't lose my half marathon conditioning. Then with one month's training, a 12 mile and 2 weeks later a 14 mile, I'd be ready. With 2 month's planning I could do even better.

I still haven't decided if I'm going to rejoin the Galloway group next session. I have until the first week in June to decide. There are many pluses and minuses. I may join, but not run with them every week. Still thinking----


Edit: yes, I will be running 3x a week and running quite a few 5Ks

  
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GABY1948 4/17/2014 5:12AM

    I'm sure the glasses are helping...they are our eyes afterall....I never mind what I have to spend on glasses...they are my EYES!

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MJREIMERS 4/14/2014 3:37PM

    Good for you! My goal is to run three time a week, too. It's a nice number for me and it keeps me injury free.

I'm glad your glasses are working out! Nothing worse then running "uncomfortably."
Keep at it!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/7/2014 6:30PM

    Good new! I hope they help with outdoor running. I can't wait to see them.

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HARROWJET 4/6/2014 9:53PM

    I hope the new glasses are better than you expect.

I am currently reading a couple Galloway books.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/6/2014 12:21PM

    Awesome idea on the glasses. If you're like me even though I wear a progressive lens I can still read well with no glasses so if you do have to read something you can just remove the glasses. One of the advantages of being near-sighted!

Sounds like you will be ready to run with your advance planning in place.

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SPINNINGJW 4/6/2014 9:25AM

    I actually want a pair of prescription goggles for swimming. I know they exist because when my kids took swimming lessons, one of the instructors had them.

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NATPLUMMER 4/6/2014 8:51AM

    Yay for glasses!!
Yay for 10 miles!! I always have to remind myself to loosen my laces a bit before I run long. Solid HM-ready plan.

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TERI-RIFIC 4/6/2014 7:13AM

    OMG progressive lenses! I got a pair two years ago and had to give them back. I know there are people who like them (including my optometrist) but they were almost lethal for me. I was walking along and heard a noise and looked quickly to the side and the vision distortion (and loss of proprioception) caused me to fall and I cracked a rib. I don't understand how anyone goes down stairs confidently with them on. Driving??? Not safe in my book. Well, I'm glad you got good new glasses.

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POSITIVE41 4/6/2014 6:02AM

    Glad your new glasses are working for you - I was supposed to get bifocals last visit - but that makes me nervous. Thanks for the shoestring tip - I wonder if that is why my one foot hurts when I run long distances. have a great day!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 4/6/2014 3:14AM

    the new glasses sound fantastic! I have transitions this time and they do make a difference. Next time, if I don't need new progressive lenses in the ones I have, maybe I will do the same and get a single vision sunglass. I have to be very careful going down stairs with my progressives!

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_LINDA 4/5/2014 11:49PM

    Great! Glad you have everything sorted and can focus on your training plans!
You are going to do awesome!. Joining the Galloway group would mean the companionship of your fellow runners, always a bonus!
Have a good weekend!

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MSLZZY 4/5/2014 10:31PM

    Never would have thought about the shoelaces being too tight. Good call!

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WATERMELLEN 4/5/2014 7:22PM

    "Shoestrings": not an expression I'm familiar with. "Shoe laces"? Are both terms used in US?

Good idea to loosen 'em up, no matter what they're called!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/5/2014 6:44PM

    Sounds like training "maintenance" to me... and a fine plan!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/5/2014 5:39PM

    In addition to the 10 miles once a month, you'll run as least 3 times a week, right? Otherwise you won't be able to get ready for a race that quickly.

Those glasses do sound great!

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JUNEAU2010 4/5/2014 5:24PM

    Those glasses sound great!

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MIPALADY23 4/5/2014 5:13PM

    Awesome!

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Scanned Finally

Friday, April 04, 2014

My friend, Bertie, who took these pictures asked that I scan and post them, so here goes:


Here's a picture of me finishing the 1500 meter walk. My official time was 11 minutes flat.


This picture was taken during the 5K walk, at about three-quarters of a mile in. We went around the high school track, before heading out the gate, down the street to a park, around a loop with lakes and playgrounds and picnic tables, and then back to the track.


Here's the medal ceremony. My good Weight Watcher friend, Brenda, took the bronze medal.

The Senior Games ended March 10th. It was fun. We'll do it again!!

  
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MANDELOVICH 4/5/2014 7:16AM

    Bravo!

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    Look at you go. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/4/2014 7:21PM

    Love it... and with your signature grin, all the way! emoticon emoticon

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MBTEPP 4/4/2014 2:03PM

    emoticon on a superb job well done!

Thanks for sharing.

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TERI-RIFIC 4/4/2014 11:56AM

    Nice pictures. You're a photogenic runner. I look like a frazzled sweaty mess in race pics. I actually bought the expensive Marathon photo of me in the 8 K because I looked so bad I'm hoping it will spur me on to look better in the one next year!! My husband is a very photogenic runner, too, darn him!

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Unexpected Motivation

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I enjoyed a slow, easy run on the TM today with almost no coughing. Just missed two runs due to the cold. I'm back!! There are some new signs at the Y that I like. "Good Things Come to Those Who Sweat" and "Stick with It. What is Hard Today Will Become Your Warm Up." And there's a white board that I can't give you verbatim, but said something like you have just one body to live in and it can be an anchor holding you down or it can be a source of energy, vitality, and joy. Motivation from an unexpected source is even more effective!!

I have plans that will keep me from much computer time for the next week. I'll be done on Thursday the 11th. I'm thinking of using a Runner's World training plan with daily e-mails. My next race, a 5K, will be on June 7th, so I'll have just 8 weeks (and one spare day) to complete the plan. That just might work!!

Wishing you another happy, healthy, active Sparkling day!!

  
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TRAVELGRRL 4/3/2014 9:11PM

    I'm with you! Love the quote about only getting one body -- I can't think of a better motivator than that!

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HARROWJET 4/3/2014 11:20AM

    We will take motivation for whatever source is available.

Good luck with your training.

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POSITIVE41 4/3/2014 5:46AM

    Good plan!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 4/3/2014 3:04AM

    Great messages! I've heard "Exercise is hard, Heart attacks are hard, Death is hard, choose YOUR hard!"


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ONEKIDSMOM 4/2/2014 9:11PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Good luck in your "offline" week... I know you'll be back as strong as ever!

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CYND59 4/2/2014 7:54PM

    Glad you are doing better. You seem to have such a gung-ho attitude. emoticon

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All those motivational words describe you to a 'T' Marsha! You are not wasting one minute of your senior years. You are rocking it!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/2/2014 4:22PM

    Hooray for new motivational sayings!!

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MANDELOVICH 4/2/2014 3:17PM

    Sounds great

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AQUAGIRL08 4/2/2014 2:25PM

    You can do it!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/2/2014 1:32PM

    Very uplifting messages. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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