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No Additional Eating While I'm Eating (What????)

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Most of the time now days I eat pretty slowly. I don't care if I'm the last person to leave the table. Often when I have extended family over and everyone but me is finished, I serve dessert and while they are eating, I finish my meal. But occasionally I slip back to my old habits and find myself wolfing down the food and absolutely unsatisfied with a normal meal or snack.

At Weight Watchers this week we discussed setting down the fork between each bite and often taking a sip of water between bites, too. Very good strategies. One person commented that it had helped her to establish the rule not to put more food in her mouth when she already had some. At the time I thought to myself that I would never do that. But guess what. I caught myself. I almost did it. Definitely that is a new rule for me. No additional eating while I'm eating!!

  
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MBTEPP 5/6/2014 4:25PM

    You are so right on that. The behavior is so unconscious for me. SSSSLLLLLOOOOWWWW Dooooowwwwwnnnn.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2014 5:38PM

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MEXGAL1 5/5/2014 3:53PM

    very timely blog as last night at the table I was eating and the rest of the family doing the "wolfing" down of their food....they all eat so incredible fast. So I just get up with my dinner only 1/4 of the way done and take it into the other room to eat slowly so they can all clean up the table. They all know that it takes 20 minutes to tell your brain you have have something to eat but I hate watching them all....it's like a race and my step-son and grandson and granddaughter stuff their mouths and still throw stuff in while they already have food in their mouths.
YUck!
oh well, little by little.
have a nice evening Marsha.
Sallie

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MSLZZY 5/5/2014 9:57AM

    Good tips!

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POSITIVE41 5/5/2014 6:33AM

    I like put the fork or spoon down between bites. I am definitely a fast eater, I came from a large family and you had to eat fast. ;)

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_LINDA 5/5/2014 12:19AM

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I am guilty of eating way too fast, and yes, eating while eating :( As my Mom is a fast eater too, its hard to slow down as we like to get moving after a meal.
But on my own I should have no excuses.

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TINAJANE76 5/4/2014 8:47PM

    Those are some great tips for eating more mindfully. I rarely feel full while and immediately after I'm eating so the more I can slow down, the better the chances are that my brain and body will be in sync.

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PLMITCH 5/4/2014 8:21PM

    One of the beauties of my Lap Band...eat too much or too fast and the band lets me know VERY fast!. Thankfully that has happened less and less over the years.

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MICKEYH 5/4/2014 8:17PM

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MILLEDGE2 5/4/2014 8:00PM

    I got an app for my iPhone called Eat Slower. You set it for a variable interval of time (as little as 20 seconds or as much as 3 minutes) and select one of the little dings. It cues me when to take the next bite. It has slowed my waaaay down!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/4/2014 7:52PM

    emoticon Yes, food has a way of making its way into our mouths and we must be conscious to put that fork down in between bites...I will see if I do that as well! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/4/2014 7:29PM

    Excellent strategies!

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GABY1948 5/4/2014 5:57PM

    I do this all the time....I am going to establish that rule! THANK YOU! I am always so glad that I am not alone in my problems of eating too quickly!

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BOOKAPHILE 5/4/2014 5:24PM

    Taking long enough to eat that it feels like I've eaten enough is a problem. Your rule might help me stretch things out enough.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/4/2014 5:16PM

    Ha! That's a super rule. Almost disgusting that probably most of us do that! Thanks for a great tip.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/4/2014 5:13PM

    Another something I read not to long ago was to not prepare the next bite as you are eating a bite. In other words don't have the fork ready to shove in your mouth while you are still chewing. I used to be VERY guilty of this and still have to stop myself sometimes.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 5/4/2014 4:45PM

    Good message! I have always been a fast eater and the first on done. I really need to work on that.

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NEW-CAZ 5/4/2014 4:17PM

    Mindful eating, yep, comes with practice emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/4/2014 4:01PM

    Love this!! NO eating while I'm eating: I'm sure that I do that, gonna check it out!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/4/2014 3:47PM

    Thoughtful insight. I'm going to be watching for it!

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144AUTUMN 5/4/2014 3:45PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Challenge Following the Rainless Run

Saturday, May 03, 2014

The rain held off until my running group had made it the 8.44 mile route. Believe it or not, I did not feel one drop until less than a quarter mile back and as I slipped my key in to unlock my car door, I heard the first thunder of the day. What luck!

After drinking a bit of coffee with my running group, I went to the Y, foam rolled, and showered, and headed off to my favorite Weight Watcher meeting at 10 am. The topic today was plateaus. Very interesting. Much of it, especially the part about tracking carefully and being diligent, is very relevant to a maintainer who is gradually gaining a few tenths of a pound here and there.

I have not been doing much tracking recently, but I know I can and I know that works for me. I'm going to try another week or two to see if I can get back without it. I feel so much more "normal" when I don't track, but if it takes tracking for me to maintain, believe me I'll do it. My 86 year old mom will be here from Tucson starting next week for a visit and I'm not sure how long she'll stay. It will be good to see her. Hoping I can feed her well and healthy without starving her, and that it will help me. You know, I want to be a good role model for family. It may be a challenge, but time will tell. With the blessing of the rainless run, I feel ready to take it on!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2014 5:35PM

    Glad the rain held off for your run. Can't wait to meet your mother on Wednesday!

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MEXGAL1 5/4/2014 11:00AM

    so glad that the rain held off for you and you got the run in.....woo hoo!'

Hope you have a good visit with your Mom.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Sallie

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POSITIVE41 5/4/2014 7:13AM

    Sounds like a wonderful morning! Enjoy your visit with your mom!

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NEW-CAZ 5/4/2014 3:57AM

    Whatever works for you Marsha
Hope your mum's visit goes well.

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MSLZZY 5/3/2014 11:54PM

    See how it goes and track if you must. Have fun with mom! HUGS!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/3/2014 10:13PM

    We planned it so we got our walk in today too without rain. Glad the rain is gone, supposed to be gorgeous first half of the week.
I will always track my food, it helps me stay focused and not eat too much. But, that's my preference, and I have a lot more to lose. Others on here who maintain say it works for them to track.
Enjoy your visit with your Mom and have a great week!

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_LINDA 5/3/2014 8:27PM

    That is an excellent omen your run was completed before the storm came! Seems like you are headed for a good week! That is wonderful you will be giving your Mom healthy meals! You are an amazing example for your family!

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MICKEYH 5/3/2014 8:13PM

    Blessed with sunny day on your run until you've finished is so amazing. Sounds like you've got good run with your group. Enjoy your mother while visiting you.it so in lime with up coming Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to you and your Mom. emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/3/2014 7:29PM

    So glad the rain held off for your run!!! Sounds like a wonderful day for you!!!
Enjoy every moment you get to spend with your Mom. She won't starve and you will continue to be a super roll model for her and everyone including all of us here on Spark People!!! You are up to the challenge!!!
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Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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NATPLUMMER 5/3/2014 7:17PM

    Yay for the rain holding off! You are an excellent role model:-) emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/3/2014 4:31PM

    "Whatever it takes"... and it takes different things for different folks. Feeling "normal" is important. But I know that "not tracking" leads to eating that is above "normal"... so I continue to track, because I want to have the energy to live that active lifestyle.

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WATERMELLEN 5/3/2014 4:22PM

    You are an excellent role model for your family -- have to say your comments on my bacon blog (a recurrent moan) made me realize how serious your DH's health problems have been. Certainly would help motivate me also to keep on keeping on!!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, At Least Until My Run is Done!

Friday, May 02, 2014

So far it has never been raining when I started out on a Galloway Group run on a Saturday morning, usually at 6am. The two times it has rained on my runs, it was just a bit and felt great. But tomorrow we have a 60% chance of thunderstorms at that time. We have been having some real hard storms. Program Director just posted that we'll meet at 6am, but will have a delayed start if there is any lightning in the area.

We have not had devastating weather, like some of the nation. Prayers and thoughts are with those who lost homes to tornadoes and suffered/are suffering from flooding. I'm definitely not complaining. We need rain regularly. Even the bit of hail we had this week was kind of nice for the grandkids to get to experience.

And if I need to, I can always run on the TM. I have one here at home, but it is old and we keep our A/C at 82 degrees. When I can, I like to run in the cool of the YMCA on a really nice, new treadmill. Either way, I will get my miles in. Just hoping for a reprieve from the rain so I can enjoy the scenery and company tomorrow morning!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2014 5:33PM

    I hope you stayed mostly dry for your run!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/3/2014 7:22PM

    Hope the storms stay away until after your run is over. Good luck on your run...hope it is just cool enough to enjoy it. Just enjoy it and have a great Saturday.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/3/2014 7:22PM

    Hope the storms stay away until after your run is over. Good luck on your run...hope it is just cool enough to enjoy it. Just enjoy it and have a great Saturday.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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NEW-CAZ 5/3/2014 2:36AM

    Good luck for your run.
Have a great weekend hun emoticon

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_LINDA 5/3/2014 12:39AM

    Hoping the storms hold off and you can get your run in!!
Enjoy!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 5/2/2014 10:28PM

    I remember when living in Tampa Bay that this time of year is so unpredictable. I hope you are able to get out with your running group in the morning and the rains hold off until you get that run in. If not you have some great alternative options.
Sending Positive Thoughts and Karma your way! And Sunshine!! No rain...

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MICKEYH 5/2/2014 8:59PM

    Hope you get great weather. Good luck on your run. emoticon

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MBTEPP 5/2/2014 5:44PM

    Finicky! I feel like I am still dodging winter weather, only it is the rain telling me when to run. Two runs this week ended in light rain. I can manage that, but I did have to take it indoors twice this week too.

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MEXGAL1 5/2/2014 4:01PM

    I have been watching the weather reports from around the country.....geez some bad weather out there for sure.
I hope you get your run in and no lightning
Best of everything to you Marsha.

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WATERMELLEN 5/2/2014 4:00PM

    Hope your run happens with your Galloway group: but have no doubt your run will happen!!

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TERI-RIFIC 5/2/2014 3:54PM

    Here's hoping. emoticon

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GABY1948 5/2/2014 3:53PM

    Praying your weather cooperates! Have a great time!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/2/2014 3:01PM

    Hope your weather lets you run with the group!

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MSLZZY 5/2/2014 2:54PM

    Oh, gosh! I hope the storms stayed away but if nothing else, TM is the way to go.

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DIANNEMT 5/2/2014 2:53PM

    Be safe--that is most important!!

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BLUENOSE63 5/2/2014 2:41PM

  I vote for the treadmill!

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NATPLUMMER 5/2/2014 2:19PM

    Definitely use the treadmill if there is any risk of lightning.

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JAMIRBLAZE 5/2/2014 1:46PM

    I've felt this way all week with the rain. Hopefully, you get a nice break for your run tomorrow!

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AJB121299 5/2/2014 1:12PM

    nice

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Small, But Significant, Non-Scale Victory

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Sunday my son-in-law arrived with the grandkids for me to watch and a box of Rice Krispies and a bag of mini-marshmallows. Normally, Rice Krispie Treats are not in my cooking repertoire, but since I had a request, complete with most of the ingredients, I did it. Kids helped to measure, pour, push microwave buttons while standing on the step stool, mix, pat down, and clean up. I cut the treats into squares. Now how could that be a victory?

Well, for years when a box said it served 4, two of us would eat it all. When the recipe said it makes 12 muffins I said it was wrong, it could only make 8. I remember thinking that the manufacturer always overstated the number of servings.

I cut the resulting treats into 25 squares. I read the recipe. It said makes 20 squares!!

Edit: That was 6 cups of Rice Krispies and 5.5 cups mini-marshmallows with 3 Tablespoons Smart Balance Buttery Spread. I hope no one bursts my bubble and tells me the manufacturer has increased the serving size.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2014 5:31PM

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MISSB8604 5/2/2014 12:49PM

    Nicely done!

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SPINNINGJW 5/2/2014 8:02AM

    There was the story of my mom passing treats to the "older" kids and my brother stated he wanted 2 - so my mom broke it in half and handed him the 2 pieces.

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GABY1948 5/2/2014 7:48AM

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NEW-CAZ 5/2/2014 2:38AM

    emoticon - Wonderful to get the girls involved.
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MICKEYH 5/1/2014 11:42PM

    Crispy treat are my weakness too.

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_LINDA 5/1/2014 11:15PM

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That is wonderful! How neat to get the girls involved!

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WATERMELLEN 5/1/2014 9:54PM

    Genuine NSV and funny too!! What used to seem a "skimpy serving" to me now quite often appears ginormous: except maybe for my giant leafy green salads!!

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MSLZZY 5/1/2014 9:30PM

    You did it just right and the smaller pieces are a treat without pushing you over your limit. Glad the GC could be part of the fun.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/1/2014 9:09PM

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HEALTHY4ME 5/1/2014 8:36PM

    OH OH I cant have them here I can and still would eat most of the pan.... hubby can have one or two and leave them be, me eat till it is gone.... sigh
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DJ4HEALTH 5/1/2014 8:00PM

    I used to make those and eat them until I had a bad reaction to corn and now I don't eat them because they put corn products in rice krispies.

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WIFE49 5/1/2014 7:16PM

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NATPLUMMER 5/1/2014 5:04PM

    Excellent work!

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TERI-RIFIC 5/1/2014 4:45PM

    It's a whole new world.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/1/2014 4:19PM

    It's all a matter of perspective! LOL. emoticon

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TINAJANE76 5/1/2014 3:56PM

    Hehe, I think we're cut from the same cloth. I always thought the number of servings were overstated too. Great NSV!

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MARGARITTM 5/1/2014 3:44PM

    Ha never put that into words before ......too funny! Sometimes when I look at something and it states "serves 2" it generally serves one around here!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/1/2014 3:29PM

    emoticon emoticon On making wonderful memories with your grandchildren!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SUZZQ4LIFE 5/1/2014 3:03PM

    Oh, what a fun thing to do with the grandchildren! Wish mine lived closer so I could do things like that. When I do go see them in IA, I always pack a "Grandma" basket full of arts & crafts, games, & goodies to make. It is sooooo much fun! Miss those little guys. emoticon

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 5/1/2014 3:00PM

    emoticon I am that way with cookie recipes. It says it makes 3 dozen, and I end up with 30!

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First Tank Top Run of the Year

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Had a great run around Lake Hollingsworth last eve. It was over 90 degrees and it felt like summer had just invaded. My friend, Shyre, asked me to meet her after her work around 6pm, so I agreed. She told me she was going to invited a newbie Galloway member to run with us. Was I surprised when it turned out to be David who I have known for several years through Weight Watchers. I was the one who told him about Galloway. And then even more surprising, David had invited my nephew, Martin. So the four of us ran. It definitely wasn't my fastest run, but it was a really good one. My nephew is so much fitter than the last time I ran with him. He's going to pass me soon and I will just smile and cheer him on!!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2014 5:30PM

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MBTEPP 5/1/2014 11:48AM

    WooHoo! It is a small world (city, town...)

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MSLZZY 4/30/2014 2:30PM

    And here it is 35 and no tank tops in sight! Glad you had fun! HUGS!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/30/2014 9:28AM

    Small world, isn't it? Sounds great. emoticon

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MAESTROSHASHA 4/30/2014 8:08AM

    Sounds like fun! :)

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NEW-CAZ 4/30/2014 3:01AM

    wonderful. You are an inspiration to your family Marsha, great that more people are getting involved.

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_LINDA 4/30/2014 12:18AM

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What a pleasant running surprise all around! Sometimes its just nice to enjoy the company rather than be the fastest person on the block ;)
After snow this morning, the kids and males were breaking out the shorts by evening here!

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WATERMELLEN 4/29/2014 9:58PM

    That's so lovely that you've expanded your circle by recruiting people to fitness -- especially including your nephew!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/29/2014 9:41PM

    How exciting! Glad for your nephew.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/29/2014 7:10PM

    Sounds like a similar relationship with your nephew that I enjoy with my brother... didn't take him long to blow MY times out of the water... and I just shout for joy! Your nephew, however, came from further back, and you must be incredibly proud of him, and your role in encouraging him to be healthier!

By the way, could you send some of that heat this way? It's been dropping from a high of 52 just after midnight, and will dip into the 30's overnight tonight! Brrrr!

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BLUENOSE63 4/29/2014 6:04PM

  Sounds like fun for all of you! We won't see those temperatures for at least 2 months



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MEXGAL1 4/29/2014 5:59PM

    awesome! so glad to hear that your nephew is sticking to the running that is awesome and you for sure will be cheering him on as he become more and more proficient

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GABY1948 4/29/2014 5:25PM

    emoticon SO proud of David with you....and you are such an inspiration that I am sure it is getting contagious in your whole area!

Have a great evening! Spark on!

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THRIVE2DAY 4/29/2014 5:02PM

    emoticon for Martin! I'm happy you had a good time, even if it wasn't your best. It doesn't cool down around here until 8 pm, when you see the families in the park. I walk earlyin the mornings before and after sunrise emoticon when the temps are a comfy 70 F. I get to watch the night give way to day and listen to the birds wake up in the trees! Love it!

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