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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ski Helmets

What do they have in common? My past two weeks has been filled with thoughts of these 4 things.

We have 2 vehicles in our family, my sassy little sports car and my husband's Jeep Grand Cherokee. My car doesn't get to go out to play in the winter, because I live on a little mountain in WV. My husband *loves* his jeep. It was his second. The first one he flipped in an ice storm in Wisconsin several years ago...walked away without a scratch and promptly bought another one. Two weeks ago a texting 20 year old ran a red light and slammed into him at a 50mph - the jeep was destroyed...He again walked away without a scratch - guess what we bought last week - yup another Jeep Grand Cherokee. Red this time. Can't beat a car that crumples and protects the way it should...any questions on this, please refer to HarmonyBlue's recent blog

Two of my family died in the past 15 days. First my Aunt Patty (who was the last close family on my mom's side) and then my grandfather. I was close to both. Before my grandfather died I had the chance to spend several days with him during the Thanksgiving holiday in Wisconsin. We talked endlessly of flowers, which he loved and always remind me of him

Ski Helmets:
My husband decided due to all of the stress, I needed a day to relax so he took me skiing 7 days ago. We are both aggressive skiers and enjoy flying down the steep hills. After several successful black diamond runs, we decided to hit an "all mogul bowl" Probably not the best decision for first day of the season. My husband picked up too much speed and went Wiley Coyote style into a rolling, ball of destruction. He was unconsious when I reached him and also had a shattered forearm. After several days on the trauma service and a day in the OR having his forearm reconstructed with titanium he is now home sleeping. We always wear helmets & I believe he would likely have died without one that day.

M & Ms:
Honestly I think I did a little emotional eating this week. In fact, I ate them by the handful on several occasions. You know what: I don't care. I forgive myself. It was an awful 2 weeks and I am so happy it is over. If they helped me cope, then I am happy for them. The few extra lbs will come back off. It is a journey and this is part of it.

I missed you all the past few weeks. It isn't the same without my Spark buddies. I look forward to catching up with you all soon.

Love to all,

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SUNNYWBL 1/31/2011 12:09AM

    I so got the picture of your hubby a la Wiley E Coyote. O my what an awful experience for both of you! Bye now, he is probably almost as good as new, I hope.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/29/2011 11:22AM

    I want to thank all of you who stopped by to offer support. It has been over 6 weeks and things are going well. My husband's arm seems to be healing, and he doesn't seem to have any permanent effects from his head injury. Our new Jeep 02 is great, and hubby feels like he has a brand new car. My dad is doing better with the loss of his father and we are taking a family vacation next month. Thanks again for all of the support Sparkies!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 1/2/2011 10:13PM

    Oh, my goodness~ emoticon

I am sorry for your losses, but SO glad your hubby is ok, TG for helmets!
Wishing you both well.

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FABAT402009 1/2/2011 9:38PM

    Oh my!!! So sorry to hear your husband was hurt but thankful he's alive and resting.

My condolences to you on the loss of your family members.

You deserve some emotional eating time.. I've done it for much less. emoticon

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SGRAY478 1/1/2011 3:54PM

    Yikes! That has most definitely been a stressful two weeks (and the stress reliever turned out to lead to more stress!). I am glad your husband is ok!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 12/23/2010 4:46PM

    I'm so glad to hear your hubby is ok, all things considering. I'm sorry for your losses as well. There's never a good time to lose a loved one, but this time of year is particularly trying.

I agree with all the other people who said the M&M's are no big deal. I like your attitude...it's part of the journey and you forgive yourself. That's the kind of mindset that will set you up for success for years to come.

I'll keep you and your family in my prayers, especially your husband. Was it his predominant arm? emoticon

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EMTFF376 12/21/2010 3:46PM

    If M&Ms are the worst thing you do to deal with that much stress, good for you!

There are a lot worse roads to go down to cope with stress.

Merry Christmas!

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SBHPATRICK 12/20/2010 10:06PM

    That's some two week stretch y'all put together there. I'm so sorry for the losses you've experienced and the scares with your husband. Hoping the last two weeks of 2010 are easier and gentler on you.

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JEANNETTE59 12/20/2010 7:32PM

  Miracles and M&Ms, thank God for both.
Have a Wonderful Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year!

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KITHKINCAID 12/20/2010 3:42PM

    Man - you AND Karvy have just had HORRIFIC weeks! I'm so sorry to hear about all the crap going on in your life right now. Thank god your husband is ok (albeit a little damaged). Stay inside, and stay put for a while! And if that involves some M&Ms - I think that's perfectly valid!

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SLBRANTLEY 12/20/2010 2:51PM

    I'm sorry for your recent losses, but so glad to hear your hubby is OK. M&Ms are a better way to cope with stress than some other alternatives! Best wishes to you and your loved ones throughout the holiday season and the coming new year.
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EXCUSELESS 12/20/2010 2:35PM

    Gosh, I'm so sorry. I just want to give you a big {HUG} because I don't know what say. I wish you and your family well.

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LOVINGMYSELF101 12/20/2010 2:17PM

    So glad to see you back (((HUGS))) I am sorry for all the trauma you have been through, thankfully DH is okay, and as for the M&M's, no big deal.

Hang in there, things will get better day by day....


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TRASEE 12/20/2010 1:07PM

    Your hubby is one very lucky guy - he must a very special guardian angel looking over him!

Welcome back - we have missed you!

Merry Christmas!!!!

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ANNE7X7 12/20/2010 1:05PM

    My gosh! You just can't seem to catch a break! I think that you guys have used up your bad luck for the next, say, 10 years?? I am glad your hubby is on the mend and that you guys are both alive and well!

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HARMONYBLUE 12/20/2010 12:17PM

    I am so glad your hubby is OK after the auto accident (everyone says we should have went with another jeep but we have had our eye on an Xterra for some time now) and the ski accident. I hope the titanium reconstruction will allow him full use of his arm after he heals. And finally, so sorry to hear about your family losses. So with you on being ready for this year to just be done. Oh, and not to worry about the M&Ms. I have done a little emotional eating myself these past two weeks.

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JONEIL513 12/20/2010 11:29AM

    oh i am so sorry for this rough couple weeks! hang in there! emoticon

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GMINYARD 12/20/2010 10:01AM

    Just stopping by to say that you are in my prayers. I am sorry that you have had such a rough couple of weeks. Good luck.

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LCHADBOURNE 12/20/2010 9:15AM

    Oh my gosh! What a rough couple of weeks is an understatement. Big hugs to you and if a few handfuls of M&M's were needed, then that is perfectly ok. You are ok and your hubby will be ok and that is all that matters. BIG hugs to you!

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KEIRASMAMA 12/20/2010 8:39AM

    Wow! I am so glad your husband is okay! Why is it that terrible things all happen at once like this? Hang in there. And keep your hubby out of any more dangerous activities for awhile!

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POOHLA711 12/20/2010 8:17AM

    Welcome back and thank God your husband is ok.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your aunt and grandfather. Sending you a big spark hug.

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FITMARY 12/20/2010 6:53AM

    Okay, sounds like it's time to s-l-o-w down. I felt like I was speeding down the slopes out of control just reading about it all. Please take it nice and easy for at least a week, okay? Take care so you can have a happy and healthy new year!
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JAN1031 12/20/2010 6:46AM

    Like you said Hollynn tomorrow is a new day and those M and M's
helped you more than you realized, it's not a journey if you don't get off path every once in a while. I hope Ron is feeling better real soon and that your heart heals as losing our loved one's is so hard. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Many Blessings,
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CALLIKIA 12/20/2010 6:31AM

    Wow! That certainly sounds like a stressful couple of weeks. Best wishes to Ron and tell him to heal quickly. I miss you both! So glad he made it out alive, even after the Robocop-type arm surgery. Take care and have a very merry holiday!

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LAGREBE 12/20/2010 4:57AM

    I think some M&M to get over "all this" is a small price to pay. Glad you are back. Speedy recovery to your husband.

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THENEWDARLENE 12/20/2010 2:14AM

    I'm so glad to hear that your husband is going to be okay. I'll keep you and him in my prayers.

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PENGUITO 12/20/2010 1:21AM

    I love you sweetie... I will be fine... Just a month or so being one handed...
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SCHENPOSSIBLE 12/20/2010 1:19AM

    Wow, Doc, sounds like you have a lot going on in your world. Thank God your husband walked away from the car accident, and that was another blessing that he didn't suffer any major injuries with the skiing incident. M&Ms makes mouths happy. I sometimes depend on them more than I do people in my family when I'm going thru a rough patch. You did the right thing and forgave yourself. Sympathies for your lost ones and a speedy recovery to Ron.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Every once in awhile I think it is healthy to just be happy with where we are in the journey. Last week I celebrated my 40th birthday (on Halloween) and it was one of those times. I decided to be a peacock because I wanted to enter my 40s confident, beautiful and strong and the peacock seemed like a good symbol for what I wanted to project. I am not perfect, but I am very happy with where I am and who I am. Wearing that outfit made me proud of all the things I have done in the past year to become stronger and more fit. I have written plenty of blogs about what I still need to do, what I still want to accomplish...for once, I am just going to recognize that every once in awhile, it is ok to strut.

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SUNNYWBL 1/31/2011 12:03AM

    What a great costume! I love it!

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GMINYARD 12/20/2010 10:02AM

    You look amazing! I love the costume! Congrats.

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HIPPICHICK1 12/5/2010 11:17AM

    You look amazing and gorgeous!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 11/25/2010 4:15PM

    That is a great attitude for turning 40! I too, turned 40 this year, however I did not take it as well as you have. I am doing better, and hope you keep up the positive, upbeat attitude that is going to help you reach your goals!

Take care, and let's make this the year to remember!


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HARMONYBLUE 11/13/2010 10:53PM

    In that outfit, you could strut all your want! What I want to know is...how did you get your feathers into the car to go out LOL?

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LIVESTRONG2010 11/12/2010 2:14PM

    What a beautiful peacock you made. Happy belated birthday! My 40's have been the best ever emoticon

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PAMINHALF 11/11/2010 8:27AM

  You look fabulous! Your confidence just glows in the picture. Thanks for sharing.

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FABAT402009 11/9/2010 8:34PM

    emoticon You're beautiful and the happiness is radiating in your picture. I love that you're enjoying the journey!

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MSPRIS3 11/9/2010 8:36AM

    That is an awesome costume! Happy belated B-day, and you look fantastic, may the next 40 be even better

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PENGUINROSS 11/9/2010 12:22AM

    Looking great! Happy Birthday!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/8/2010 11:04PM

    looking good doc

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EXCUSELESS 11/8/2010 7:20PM

    Best costume ever. VERY beautiful.

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KEL_MB 11/8/2010 6:45PM

    Wow! You look fantastic! Happy Birthday girl. I love your attitude! What motivation for the rest of us!

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    Happy late 40th birthday and you look great! What a neat costume.

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SASSYDREAMER 11/8/2010 4:44PM

    You look AWESOME!

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ANGIE_1230 11/8/2010 4:36PM

    You look amazing and so happy! You definitely deserve to strut.

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FLYSOHIGH 11/8/2010 4:22PM

    You look amazing! And it is so great to read that you feel like this!!!!! :-)
Have a great November, btw!!!!:-)

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BOGUSANNIE 11/8/2010 3:53PM

    What an awesome costume and symbol!

Happy 40th! Here's to 40 more!

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    Life begins at 40!! You look stunning!!

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LAGREBE 11/8/2010 2:32PM

    Happy Birthday! And congratulations!

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SWILLIAM621 11/8/2010 2:21PM

    You go girl!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 11/8/2010 2:21PM

    OMG I love your outfit and everything it represents! You look absolutely stunning! And so very happy! You must share where you procured that great idea (and where I can get one!)....note to self ....remember to be happy in the now! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 11/8/2010 2:21PM

    Yes it is!
You look beautiful and so happy!
Spark on friend!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/8/2010 2:19PM

    you look amazing! you have every right to be SO PROUD of yourself!

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KITHKINCAID 11/8/2010 1:32PM

    OMG - that is the most gorgeous costume EVER on an insanely gorgeous woman! Where did you get it? I love everything about your "strut" Miss. Keep on strutting!

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SGRAY478 11/8/2010 1:29PM

    You should be proud! Way to rock the strut lady!! :)

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KIWINURSE 11/8/2010 1:28PM

    What a beautiful photo! Congrats on all that you have achieved!

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ANNE7X7 11/8/2010 1:28PM

    AMEN!! It's great that you are just taking the time to be and enjoy where you are at!! You look absolutely fantastic! OMG!!! GORGEOUS!! Strut your stuff girl! You rock!

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JBMT08 11/8/2010 1:27PM

    YEAY!!!! that is a wonderful pic, and a GREAT WAY to start off a new year of your life!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/8/2010 1:23PM

    You look absolutely beautiful and you are so beautiful inside and out. It is okay to stop and just enjoy being where you are at this moment. It's all part of the journey. Continue strutting your stuff!

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BURKEBRIZ 11/8/2010 1:23PM

    Yea, you! That is totally the right attitude to have. Happy belated birthday! You looked amazing as a peacock! Keep struttin' it, girl! emoticon

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Diagnosis: Race Addiction

Saturday, October 16, 2010

LOL! Silly title right?
Today was the first time I realized how much I love doing these races (and running, do I love it?, not sure yet, but I think I might).
I have done 5 prior 5Ks, but previously it was to prove that I could (first 5K), make sure I didn't imagine it (2nd 5K), practice for my tri (#3 and 4) and then as part of my tri (#5). Today was the first time I did one when I didn't want to do it.

In truth, I really wanted to see Callikia again and her family, who Ron and I met at a 5K in Wheeling back in August. She and I had tentatively agreed to do this race today. I actually looked for excuses not to go (because I didn't want to run) but in the end, I wanted to see her so Ron and I loaded up the jeep and drove to Wheeling.

Here is me, Callikia and her husband before the race. Callikia actually raced with her dog Joey: I think I need to train my little monsters (who I love)!

So the run starts and since I haven't been training much, I actually have pretty low expectations. Amazing, how freeing that is! I relaxed, walked when I needed to walk and ran at a comfortable pace. Despite a little walking, it was still my 2nd fastest 5K ever. Oh, and the glow of accomplishment, the endorphins, the feeling of being a runner -incomparable - I actually had forgotten.

Ron and I at the end of the race

So where does the dramatic diagnosis of addiction fit in?
Something unexpected happened after the race: Ron and I actually won door prizes (gift certificates to a local running store).

So after the race we headed over to the store to get something to remember the race by. I bought a blaze orange windbreaker perfect for hiking during hunting season, and Ron bought a thermal compression shirt. But what was amazing happened at the cash register. Sitting there were brochures for a race. The race was the Shamrock Marathon. Everyone was looking happy and festive dressed in green and I thought, that would be fun someday. Then I saw the "1/2 marathon also available" and it happened I said "that wouldn't be so hard" (who said that, was that me?) I thought about it some more...nope, still not scary, really? Really?

I went home and signed up.
Any sparkies who want to join in, I would be happy to have you on my team.

The Shamrock 1/2 Marathon
March 20, 2011
Virgina Beach
TEAM: Irish Duckies

Here we go! New adventure underway...
159 days until race day

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PAMINHALF 11/11/2010 8:28AM

  That is so cool - it's amazing what finishing a race will trigger us to try.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/31/2010 12:16PM

    It's a good addiction to have... Look at all you have accomplished! emoticon emoticon

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FLYSOHIGH 10/23/2010 5:58PM

    Wow, you're gonna be doing a half-marathon!!!
I somehow missed this blog last week (actually I remember now, it was during my binge so no wonder).
But anyway, this is so awesome!!! And so great to hear you have again found the spark for running!
And not to forget, congratulations on another run! It's just another example that shows me that doing something positive even when you don't feel like it, is gonna be good for you, and will make you feel so much better afterwards. As I learnt in my therapy - acting changes the thinking, not the other way round. You really keep being such a role model for me, Hollynn:-)

And these photos - SO gorgeous!!!!

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FELICE73 10/18/2010 4:38PM

    Good luck! I am doing a 1/2 marathon in May and never thought I would be that person! You are going to be fab! Wish I was there I would join you!!

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LCHADBOURNE 10/18/2010 3:22PM

    Way to go!!! You can totally do it! What a great goal. :)

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POOHLA711 10/18/2010 9:23AM

    I just did my first half yesterday. And really... It wasn't THAT hard. Challenging, yes. A little pain towards the end. But I did it. And I know you can too!

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ERASURE 10/18/2010 9:17AM

    I wish I had your same diagnosis! Hehe... :)

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JBMT08 10/18/2010 8:03AM

    GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!! 1/2 Mara here you come! I hope to be in that frame of mind this time next year!

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OVERHAULING-ME 10/18/2010 12:12AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on All of your 5ks. I love your dedication, enthusiasm and results...I hope they're contagious! HIGH FIVE for signing up for the 1/2 marathon. Since I'm just starting back I won't be ready for that yet but it's the day before my birthday. I'll think of you training for your 1/2 marathon and it will inspire me to reach my birthday goal!

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JSTCHLIN 10/17/2010 11:34PM

    Great job! An early Spring goal is the perfect motivation during the long winter.

Take care and stay healthy

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/17/2010 10:58PM

    AWESOME!!! SOunds like a blast! Wish I lived on the east coast, I'd be in!
You are gonna rock it!

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/17/2010 10:40PM

    Wow. You are just a running machine. I am so proud of your accomplishments. You are just a glowing, shining beam of light in every single picture.

Your happiness is self-evident.

You are just an amazing inspiration. Run on, beautiful running girl.


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DENI_ZEN 10/17/2010 9:54PM

    You're adorable, and you look like you're having a great time! So great to have the Shamrock on your calendar, too - I think your new addiction suits you beautifully! - Sandi emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 10/17/2010 8:35PM

    WOW! How awesome is that. I run my first 5K in 3 weeks and I'm nervous. But I have a feeling I'm going to become a bit more addicted next year when race season kicks off. I already have a few in mind to run - but a 1/2? That's incredible! Way to go on signing up. That's the first step :)

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ANDREA0301 10/17/2010 5:38PM

    Congrats on your new addiction!


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SLBRANTLEY 10/17/2010 5:18PM

    emoticon on your 5K!
Have fun training for the half! emoticon

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CHICAT63 10/17/2010 4:16PM

    Half marathon, an another stpping stone - you are an aspiration ! Great time and photos of your 5K. I find so awesome that Spark people can meet. Have a great week.

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LAGREBE 10/17/2010 3:32PM

    Spunkyducky you are so inspiring! Way to go!

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DAISYDIVA74 10/17/2010 3:25PM

    Congrats on the 5K and signing up for the new race!!! That is awesome! I know that you will do great!!!

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PAPAMIKIE 10/17/2010 1:12PM

    I love it!

I once reported I was afraid, I might be in danger of becoming a runner. Someone commented that the fact I was run 250 - 300 km per month it was likely to late. He was wrong, at that point I was still just someone who ran, but it was not long before I slid the rest of the way down the slope and became a runner.

Now I am in danger of becoming a racer and I am a little concerned with the vague pull that doing some longer runs is starting to have on me.

By the way, it is probably too late for you, and if you become a runner, there really is no cure!

Good running and be careful out there!


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ANNE7X7 10/17/2010 1:01PM

    Congrats on the 5K and signing up for your HALF MARATHON!!! That is so exciting, and I cannot wait to hear about it! Enjoy the training: to me it's the best part!!

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AMOHAME2 10/17/2010 12:47PM

    I guess it's inevitable...if you race enough, you won't be able to race enough! It's definitely an addiction - I love how it was one of those "impulse buys" at the cash register for you!! I'm doing my first half-marathon in just under a week and I'm so excited about it, and have already planned and/or registered for 4 races spanning from after my HM to exactly one year later...the last race being a full marathon!!! Not only will the races keep coming, but I bet you'll find they keep escalating in distance!

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HEART4HOME 10/17/2010 12:45PM

    Awesome! Can't wait to here how your training is going. I am still trying to muster up the nerve to train for a 5K. You go girl! emoticon

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HEART4HOME 10/17/2010 12:44PM

    Awesome! Can't wait to here how your training is going. I am still trying to muster up the nerve to train for a 5K. You go girl! emoticon

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P0KERS0PH 10/17/2010 12:36PM

    Way to go!

Good job signing up for the HM! I too have my first HM in March 2011!! It's exciting & nerveracking all in one!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/17/2010 11:01AM

    Thanks for doing the math... 157 days until my birthday then!! Race addiction be damned... I love it! You and Callika continue to inspire me :)

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HARMONYBLUE 10/17/2010 9:57AM

    Half Marathon! I can't wait to hear your training stories, but ione of these days I want to run a 5K with you. Seems both you and your hubby and me and mine like road trips so we will have to find one in the middle.

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CALLIKIA 10/17/2010 9:15AM

    The Hollynn that started the race yesterday and the Hollynn that ended it were like night and day. I could see that fire in you when you passed me on the race route and the big smile I saw after was encouraging! Here's to catching a really good bug!

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BOGUSANNIE 10/17/2010 9:01AM

Great goal race!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/17/2010 12:38AM

    ohh when I saw yuengling I autmoatically thought PA. I would totally sign up if it were in PA. Good luck with the team and the race and congrats on your 5th 5k!

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WILDFLOWERR_ 10/17/2010 12:28AM

    My son in law lives in V. Beach I sent him a facebook msg. to see if you would like to sign up for your team.
I will let you know what he says!
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EXCUSELESS 10/17/2010 12:06AM

    If I was to have an addiction, it's defiantly the addiction I would want. Congrats on how far you have came. Your face just glows.

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ROCKMAN6797 10/16/2010 11:49PM

    Wow, sounds like your day was fantastic. 1/2 marathon, huh?
That should be fun!
Hollynn, it sounds like you are back on the bus again, yea!


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LOOZINITNOW 10/16/2010 10:59PM

    What a great addiction to have! emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 10/16/2010 10:54PM

    Yea-I also have that race on my list and will be signing up myself soon! It's the advertising! They just look so happy and who wouldn't want to dress up for St. Paddy's day and have a beer with Irish stew by the beach???

Glad your 5k turned out to be so relaxed!!!!
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BURKEBRIZ 10/16/2010 10:51PM

    Yea for you! Way to go! BTW, the date shows Mar 2010--don't want you there on the wrong day!

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DBUCK10 10/16/2010 10:45PM

    Best of luck to you!!!


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007JERSEYGIRL 10/16/2010 10:39PM

    Yay! Sounds like you had a great day and now you have new motivation to keep training! emoticon

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FABAT402009 10/16/2010 10:39PM

    emoticon You continue to inspire me!!

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Sustainability... Deep thoughts for the day

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In the past I have focused on consistency. Until recently I have held consistency up as "the answer." Then I started to struggle with it and I had to step back and try to figure out why.

For some reason this morning it was obvious:
I have not considered sustainability.

I swear it was like a light going on in my head. I have tried to be superhuman at times and while I was able to achieve consistency, it was probably not as sustainable in reality as I wanted it to be.

I definitely need to think about this some more, but I am curious about what some of you thought. What have you done in your journey to assure that the changes you make are sustainable?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have on this subject.

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PAPAMIKIE 10/17/2010 9:40PM

    I have worked with people for much of my professional career and I have always worked with them towards the smallest change possible. Big changes create disruption in the system and therefore the system has to re-balance. If you make small changes and let them find their way and then make little adjustments your system (your body, your friends, your family, etc) can make little adjustments without feeling too stressed.

I wrote a blog that starts by asking how do you eat a whole elephant. It is a kids joke, but I think it is important.

When you make big changes you get big swings and things then to react by trying to return to the original state.

Well that's my 2 to 4 cents worth.

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CALLIKIA 10/16/2010 8:40PM

    I constantly ask myself, "Can I see myself still doing this 5 years from now? Can I keep up this level?" For me, if I burn too fast and too hard, I'm just afraid I'll burn out. I think challenges are important for continued improvement, but each level has to be sustainable for a considerable length of time. In 5 years will I still be doing 5ks every weekend? Probably not, but I could see myself doing one each month, or every other month. You'll figure it out, I'm sure!

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JSTCHLIN 10/14/2010 6:45PM

    Consistency=Diet/short term; Sustainability=Life/long term. You are allowed to eat snacks. You are allowed to not exercise for a week or more. But we have learned that we cannot do these long term and must get back on track. We cannot beat ourselves up for these so called "mistakes." Remember that prior to learning our new way, these mistakes were the way of life. Now we have a new way of life. Simple.

We only live once. We have learned not to waste away our time here by being overweight and out of shape. But now we must learn to live life includes indulging and relaxing too!

Take care and stay healthy
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JEREMY723 10/13/2010 8:21PM

    I love the idea of 30 minutes a day, every day. I have a wife and 13 month old and career, so I try to make time when I can and usually am successful 4-7 days a week. When I'm not abile to fit it in than I don't, and don't stress about it.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/13/2010 8:02PM

    When I started this journey, I knew that if I wanted it to work I couldn't put more into this than I was willing to do for the rest of my life. I work out 3-5 days a week and i think I can do that for the rest of my life. I don't do a anymore than 1 hr. As for my eating, I never deny myself anything because I could never imagine my life without pizza. I track everything and I hold myself accountable for everything. If I can't picture myself doing it "for life" I don't do it! To me, that's sustainability!

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LOOZINITNOW 10/13/2010 7:36PM

    This was a great question that I needed answered as well. Motivation fails you, consistency is great, but is what we are doing sustainable? I would have to say that is one of my problems too. The first 6 months, I lived fairly strict and later found that it was unsustainable. I have had trouble finding the balance since. This is definitely great food for thought. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 10/13/2010 6:23PM

    I think the previous comments all hold the answers you are searching for. This is a life style change not a diet. The path that you have chosen to follow is for life not just to reach a certain goal. You have to be accountable for what you put in your body and what you do with your body. In my humble opinion nothing accomplishes this better than logging it. These are both key to accomplishing the sustainability that we all seek.
This was an awesome blog, one that got us to think. The comments were a great read!


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GETFIT2LIVE 10/13/2010 5:19PM

    Sustainability--great word. I have tried from the beginning of this journey to think in terms of making lifestyle changes; that's the ONLY way I will lose weight and KEEP it off. I have dieted and lost before, but the weight always found me again with a little extra to boot because I wasn't trying to change anything but the weight. Sustainability to me is making changes that I can keep up with for the long haul, not just for some short-term gain (or in this case loss). This is a marathon, not a sprint; if we don't pace ourselves and learn what it takes to keep going and going and going, we'll burn out and quit along the way. Consistency is important, to be sure, but it needs to be sustainable consistency--something we can do on an ongoing basis. I need to be willing to constantly adjust what I'm doing as I go on in order to keep making lifestyle changes that stick.

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VANILLAMAMA 10/13/2010 5:02PM

  Honestly I go with the as soon as I hit my goal fitness minutes I tell myself as I can take a break or a day off. I tell myself I can eat whatever I want but I HAVE to log it. So I am accountable. I make sure I drink my water. Eat my fruits and veggis. That has changed me for the better. Good Luck you will find that middle ground.

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JENNIFERKCM 10/13/2010 4:54PM

    I'm also working on consistency, but for me sustainability means making small changes along the way to. I have not overhauled my eating yet, taken away all my soda, or expected myself to be able to do big workouts after being out of the game for awhile. I am making better food choices, adding more fruits and veggies and learning how to keep doing this so it all adds up. Most days I'm down to 1 soda, and even a couple of days no soda. I made a goal of working out 3Xwk for 30 min and doing strength training 1Xwk to start. I've worked out more than that, and have a video I can do for toning. I'm not near as "far" into the journey as you...so maybe my advice is all for naught. I guess I know I can't sustain long term what feels doable to me. I find that the longer I do something at smaller intervals, the easier it is to truly make a part of my life...not when I get to this weight I can stop doing this. I do have to make myself do stuff sometimes, so I don't know. I just keep looking for different areas of motivation and supports. Best wishes!

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JEANNETTE59 10/13/2010 4:36PM

  Sustaining means different things at different times to me. Tracking is something that I need to do and I enjoy doing so I will continue to do it. Sustaining can be the break you take, when you maintain, but do not have the goal of losing weight for a month or two, it does give the skin time to catch up with weight loss.
Sustaining is also necessary when you reach your goal weight and go to maintenance mode. At this point you want to have a sustainable life plan, which includes eating and exercising plans that allow you to maintain a healthy body weight and condition. The bottom line is not to backslide on your weight lose and healthy lifestyle. emoticon emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 10/13/2010 4:34PM

    I always ask myself every so often "how hard is this?" If it's hard - I pull back a bit - but honestly, I haven't had to do much in the way of pulling back because I'm enjoying everything I'm doing right now and don't have much of a problem imagining that I can sustain this for the rest of my life. But if I CAN'T imagine sustaining an activity for the rest of my life, then it's time to re-assess.

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JBMT08 10/13/2010 4:22PM

    I still struggle with this. I believe sustainability is key in our journey. These are learned behaviors that should become "second nature" to us, and will be things that we will not have to "convince" ourselves to do during a busy period, or a stressful time in our lives.

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FABAT402009 10/13/2010 3:59PM

    Right now I'm focusing on consistency but eventually I hope to get to a point where if I work out for 60 minutes a day I can get to and sustain a healthy body weight. I know I won't ever be a 2 hour a day gym person. I couldn't keep it up but I can give myself 60 minutes a day to keep my body healthy.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/13/2010 3:54PM

    Oh, i was JUST thinking about this today. Sustainability, for me, means not working out more than one hour a day because I do not WANT to work out more than one of every day. Ever. EVER. I feel lazy compared to some of these Sparkers I know, but no one can work out 2-3 hours a day for the rest of their lives.

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ANNE7X7 10/13/2010 3:37PM

    When I started SP in January, I jumped in with both feet. Started to exercise everyday, to track my food and to journal. In retrospect, I was definitely over-doing it, but when I commit to something, it's all or nothing.

Since then, I've realised it wasn't sustainable. While tracking nutrition was a useful tool that taught me lots about my eating habits, I knew I couldn' t do it forever, and it was making me obsessive. So I turned to intuitive/clean eating. I am not 100% successful with this (but then again I wasn't with tracking either!), but it does get easier!

As for exercise, I often think I am still over-doing it. I think that in terms of sustainability, it's doable as long as my schedule doesn't change drastically. I want to continue training for longer races for a long time, so lots of running is in my future. That is sustainable.. on the other hand, all the extras may not be... I am still trying to find that balance!

Good luck in finding out the balance between sustainability and consistency!! Then let me know! emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 10/13/2010 3:35PM

    I had this EXACT revelation in September...consistency is STILL key I think...but if it's not sustainable, we set ourselves up for failure!

Great entry!

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BURKEBRIZ 10/13/2010 3:33PM

    I am a big fan of the "commit to recommit" thought process. Some days and some periods of time the "I don't wanna" attitude comes into play and you have to take time to figure that out...barriers, boundaries, walls and the like...and then find a way to get across, over or through them. When I focused on the mental and spiritual side of my journey when I hit that spot, it got me back to center and moving forward.

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Stress Management with Blueberry Tea

Monday, October 11, 2010

I am very stressy today (is that even a word, if not I think it should be)
My job, which I usually don't blog about is FULL of stress
I am a physician, vice chair of an academic department, director of a residency teaching program and flight director for air medical teams
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I *love* my job, which makes all of the stress worthwhile
But sometimes, it makes me want to eat chocolate ALL DAY LONG
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Today is one of those days...
The little devil inside is seriously trying to have his way with me emoticon
I am at home working on multiple projects and all I want to do is eat bad stuff!
Thus far, no giving in to temptation
My answer has been blueberry tea (lol, about 5 cups of it so far, I feel like a floating blueberry)

Luckily today I had a plan
1. Blueberry tea to keep feeling full
2. A mid-way break with yoga (probably coming up real soon!)
3. An evening break with 90 minutes of butt-kicking exercise
4. Logging everything I eat in advance...it's killing me (I hate the little details) but wow, it helps me get away from the fridge

Oh, and blueberry tea, pretty amazing

Just trying to get through the day

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    Reading about all you do in your work is truly inspiring. You are an amazing 'earth angel' with so many gifts! Thanks for sharing all of those with us!

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FELICE73 10/12/2010 2:00PM

    Have you ever tried Teavanna tea? I have had their herbal Tranquil Dream and another one with vanilla and honey and they rocked my world too! I bought a pretty pot and I thoroughly enjoy when I make my tea!

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BOGUSANNIE 10/11/2010 11:45PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

Don't give in!!!!


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SKINNYINMYHEAD 10/11/2010 9:48PM

    I am sooooooo getting some blueberry tea!!

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HDHAWK 10/11/2010 9:14PM

    Excellent plan!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/11/2010 6:13PM

    Midway break (if you can call 4pm midway) was very successful. 30 minutes of Biggest Loser Weight Loss yoga. More relaxed and back to work for a few hours until dinner. I will succeed!

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JSTCHLIN 10/11/2010 5:48PM

    Very cool. Way to hang in there and not give in.

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LOSINGAMBER 10/11/2010 4:54PM

    You are doing great staying away from temptation!! emoticon

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FLYSOHIGH 10/11/2010 4:52PM

    Oh my!!! I can barely believe how much work you must have! But how amazingly cool and satisfying it all must be! So jealous! I am really hoping to find such satisfaction from work one day.

Very happy to see you are doing alright today despite the circumstances. Cause totally YOU CAN DO IT! Stay strong, keep logging food in advance (I call it a food plan and it really makes everything easier when I do it) and keep sparking! :-)))

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SHERYLDS 10/11/2010 4:36PM

    try boiling a pot of water with a cinnamon stick and a little ginger root, then steep with green or black tea.

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MOMOPWRS 10/11/2010 3:28PM

    Keep It Up you can do It.
You can get thru It.
It's just one day!

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JULIEIRENE 10/11/2010 3:22PM

    Wow! I can't believe how much you're juggling! Amazing!

I'm so proud of you for making healthy choices today despite the temptations! That blueberry tea sounds wonderful....I may have to invest in some!

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TXDREAMSPINNER 10/11/2010 2:58PM

    And I thought I was busy! It was stressful just reading all that you do, such an amazing and important job. Blueberry tea sounds delicious. Good luck!

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BURKEBRIZ 10/11/2010 2:52PM

    I used to be aircrew on helicopters that did medivac and search and rescue as part of our missions. Way cool job you have, but I can understand how that can be a lot of stress with that level of responsibility! Love the blueberry tea idea. I like Celestial Seasonings' Orange Tangerine Zinger for those moments at night when the eating monster tries to have its way.

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ROCKMAN6797 10/11/2010 2:44PM

    Stay strong Hollynn and keep drinking that blueberry tea!(sounds good!)

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    WoW. I can't even begin to imagine what it's like to do your job. I admire your taking control and not letting that chocolate get the better of you. I will have to try the blueberry tea, I'll bet it's Celestial Seasonings? Just be sure you don't end up like Violet Beauregard and have to be squeezed by those creepy Oompa Loompas!

~Kim in Utah

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JEANNETTE59 10/11/2010 2:31PM

  emoticonYou are strong, you are beautiful, you have a plan and I send you emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 10/11/2010 2:30PM

    GOOD for you to have a plan! That's why you're **SO** successful! You're such an inspiration!!! I'm going to try that blueberry tea! emoticon

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/11/2010 2:25PM

    WOW! That sounds like stress. I feel ya- I LOVE my job and am very passionate about it, which sometimes makes it even more stressful because of the emotions involved at times......
I am home today as well, trying to get some catch up time on paperwork......AKA cleaning the house, browsing SP, etc....LOL!
Hope you're getting more done than me :-)

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PENGUITO 10/11/2010 2:23PM

    Hang in there. You can do it!
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