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30 Day Blog Challenge Day 1 - Stats

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Please consider joining the 30 Day Blog Challenge. Questions are here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j

Day1: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September?

START: I started at 176 pounds at the end of August 2010. At 5'3" that made me obese.

CURRENT: I am currently 127 pounds with body fat just over 21%. My BMI is 22.5.

GOAL: Maintenance :-) My goal weight is 126 pounds. I made goal 10/22/11 and I've maintained successfully since. I feel happiest at 124 and I get really antsy at 128.

THIS MONTH: I'd like to get back to maintaining in the 124-126 range (instead of the 126-128 range) with body fat back down around 20%. I'd like to run my second 5K in 30 minutes or less. I'd like to be half done with my Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. My overarching goal is to end September is to feel like I've got my groove back :-)

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SPSPSP1 9/13/2012 3:54AM

    Congrats on meeting your goals and maintaining them!

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ANDASI 9/11/2012 1:00AM

    You can get youre groove back. Youre numbers are similar to mine start weight and height but ive never been able to go under 140. Just wondering what calorie ranges did you use to get the weight down and what is the range for youre maintainance.

You have done incredibly well.

Thx for starting the 30 day challange it has been lots of fun so far.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/1/2012 1:56PM

    I LOVE your September goal, to feel like you have your groove back. Looking forward to following along and getting to know the group of bloggers who are signing on for this!

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JENNYR0506 9/1/2012 10:43AM

    Forgot to give my start stats on my blog. Great luck on your goals this month!


(Here's my blog for Day 1 - http://www.sparkpeople.com/my
asp?blog_id=5039789 )

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30 Day Blog Challenge - Questions

Friday, August 31, 2012

I posted a list of 30 blog inspiring questions from a 30 Days of Weight Loss Challenge a while back. A few people seemed interested in joining me but were concerned that the list didn't really fit them very well. Many didn't fit me either and I figured I'd just adapt as I went but since others may join in I figured I'd revamp the questions before the month starts so people can decide whether they want to join in.

This is not a perfection challenge so there is NO pressure to do one a day, every day. That makes it too easy to skip one and decide not to pick up again. I would like us to use this to get to know each other better. It's not meant to make anyone uncomfortable so feel free to share only what you'd like to share. Do some of the days or all of the days. Do them one at a time or in blocks. Whatever fits your style of blogging.

I will be starting tomorrow and my goal will be to do one a day but I'll play catch-up as needed.

1: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September?
2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way?
3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals?
4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss?
5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others?
6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?
7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other?
8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different?
9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?
10. Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal?
11. What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your changed as you've progressed towards your goals?
12. Post a picture of your inspiration. Thinspiration if that's your thing. Fitspiration if that's what you're after. Heathspiration if that's your primary goal. Why is this person inspiring to you?
13. What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier?
14. What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was?
15. What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople?
16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life?
17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they?
18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available?
19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?
20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?
21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?
22. What is your current workout/fitness routine?
23. What are your current fitness goals?
24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)
25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?
26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why?
27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work?
28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?
29. There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise.
30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?

I hope you will join in so we can get to know more about each other's journey!

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    Great idea......might just give it a go

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TRACY-M 9/24/2012 7:31PM

    Great idea!!

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AMIV07 9/17/2012 10:10PM

  They are really good questions.. sounds good plan! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 9/15/2012 11:16PM

    Looks great maybe I could so part of it everyday. Thanks for sharing

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BLUE42DOWN 9/13/2012 2:24PM

    I'll jump in on this - I've seen the questions before and am curious to see what paths they might take me down.

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LONDIVA 9/12/2012 12:23PM

    Today I have jumped back on Spark to find motivation and encouragement so this is a great way to meet folks I have started a 30 day challenge for myself so I will add this to it Thanks :)

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HOWIEANN 9/12/2012 10:22AM

    I just now saw this. I think I'll jump in today and see where it takes me!

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CMCBRIDE37 9/11/2012 12:50PM

    I am getting started right now with day 1...thanks

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NEWTINK 9/10/2012 5:09PM

    I wish i had found this back before it started ... so maybe i can do it next time if you do this again .... emoticon

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LOGOULD 9/10/2012 10:43AM

    I think this blogging challenge is just the right step to take to get back to the point Spark had once taken me. It is one of the many habits that I let fall by the wayside and since I have started getting back on track, I think it is the next right choice to keep me moving in the right direction. I'll do my best to keep up - and maybe catch up....wish me luck!

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FISEFTON 9/9/2012 2:21PM

    Thank you for the blog, and the list of questions, I just found it on 9th September so I'll play a little bit of catch up - maybe answer 2 questions at a time or just start today and finish in 30 days from now.

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AMARILYNH 9/8/2012 8:43AM

    I'm just finding this blog on Sept. 8th so I want to start fresh and do it in October. I have never been much of a blogger and LOVE fall - most people think of spring as the time of renewal but living in Georgia I choose FALL as my time of renewal - the cooler weather brings all kinds of energy to me!! So I'm going to link your blog in a blog of my own and spend the rest of September getting ready for a MONTH of blogging!! emoticon

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MINNIEME1114 9/8/2012 8:25AM

    I just love SP and how we are connected to great people, resources and new motivational techniques. I love this idea and even with being a week behind, I'm going to jump on board. You make it easy to join in. thanks fro this little gem of an idea.

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MARYJEANSL 9/7/2012 11:37AM

  This is a very good idea - I'm sorry I didn't find out about it until today. Thanks for posting it.

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JLFISH1496 9/4/2012 1:31PM

    I am trying to blog more and I think this is a great way to help me achieve that goal! thanks for posting this challenge! emoticon

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KONOHA-NIN 9/3/2012 7:17PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I think it'll be helpful to blog about these topics to stay focused. Once the work week starts I'm going to be busy but will be looking forward to trying to keep up. :)

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TEXANS1STLADY 9/3/2012 11:45AM

    I'm in! I love this sort of thing. Today is Sept 3, so I will play catch up on the first post but will make a goal to do it daily! Exciting. emoticon

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EVWINGS 9/3/2012 10:32AM

    A little late, but I'm in and will want to try to do this. I have been doing one a day when I feel I can answer. It is a self-discovery journey and not necessary about weight loss.
Thank you for starting this one.

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TODAYYES 9/3/2012 6:23AM

    I'm in but a little late =)

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    I followed MJZHERE to your post and I am all in. I will do the one intended for today and do an additional catchup included for yesterday.

Thank you so much for this blog!

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4KWALK 9/1/2012 9:33PM

    Thank you for taking the time to write this blog. There are many questions here that I have never thought about so I am looking forward to exploring them.

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BOMBSHELLY 9/1/2012 7:49PM

    And...I follwed CODEMAULER. I love this idea!

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CODEMAULER 9/1/2012 7:25PM

    I'm not the best blogger, but I'm willing to give it a go!
(I followed DRAFTLOVER over here, perhaps via another SparkFriend... it's easy to lose track!)

I love it - thanks for providing a great goal for September!!


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CLCINNOVA 9/1/2012 6:59PM

  I'm going to give it a go!

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CRYPTIC_CYPHER 9/1/2012 11:24AM

    THANK YOU!!! You have made amazing progress, and this seems a really good way to start... maybe it will get me past my 'stuck' point. I'll be joining you!


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DRAFTLOVER 9/1/2012 9:20AM

    Im in too....I need to do something! God this is soooo freaking hard!!!!
why Why WHY does it have to be so hard. Thanks for this idea and heeeeear we go :)

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MAUITN 9/1/2012 8:44AM

    I'm in. This should be interesting and informative.

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MAUITN 9/1/2012 8:44AM

    I'm in. This should be interesting and informative.

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    I blog when the spirit moves me, but when I do these are the kinds of things I seem to want to blog about. I think your list is great and has many good ideas for topics and will refer back to them for when I do blog.

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MJZHERE 8/31/2012 6:34PM

    I'm in - really like this.

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ANDASI 8/31/2012 5:40PM

    Hi Tanya is this challange on the team for maintainance i cant seem to find it. I would like to join also.

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LEANJEAN6 8/31/2012 4:44PM

    Well, I shall visit it--Good idea you have!-Lynda emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/31/2012 4:36PM

    I've done alphabet blogs in the past... I like doing series things, especially around the first of what I think of as the school year (although school around here is already 3 weeks in!).

I'm thinking this might just be a good alternative for a series... let me sleep on it tonight... 30 blogs hath September?


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MOONSTORMER 8/31/2012 4:26PM

    really nice! like the revamped questions - i might join in from time to time!

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JENNYR0506 8/31/2012 2:00PM

    These questions are much better. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I know your household is kind of busy right now.

As I blog I'll swing by your daily blog and provide a link to it. Maybe others can do the same so we can know who is participating and see everyone's answers.


(Just posted my own blog about the challenge and put a link to this one in the text. Hopefully this will help spread the word! Also copied the questions so I can reference them easily during the month.)

Comment edited on: 8/31/2012 2:10:42 PM

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 8/31/2012 12:21PM

    Great idea, and a good kick start for me to start blogging.
emoticon for the inspiration

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62NVON 8/31/2012 12:00PM

    I love this! I'm in.

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Binging? Craving?

Friday, August 31, 2012

I've been thinking about the behavior that feels like binging to me. It involves eating multiple servings of a single food in place of one of my usual balanced meals. My binge foods have been things like baby carrots, grape tomatoes, grapes, light popcorn, peanuts in the shell. I eat multiple servings (4-5?) in place of a snack or a meal. These binges (single-food meals?) don't affect my weight and are self-limiting. I am wondering if this is an unhealthy thing to be doing or not. In a way it reminds me of how my kids ate as preschoolers. This week might be all about bananas but next week they'd be all over cheese sticks. The pediatrician told me not to worry about it so long as their diet was healthy and balanced over time.

In the past week I have eaten a LOT of peanuts but found it easy to stay away from popcorn. I haven't been drawn to unusually large amounts of any fruit or vegetable either. My weight has fluctuated due to celebratory eating and drinking (salt, simple carbs, alcohol) but a day away from that and I'm right back at goal so I feel like I've got calorie balance under control.

Is it possible that my eating behavior is normal? Could I find the urge to do this unstoppable BECAUSE my body is after something it's not getting in my day-to-day diet? ie, I notice that I tend to overdo it with peanuts when I've been taking in too many simple carbs or too much alcohol (but not WHILE drinking). Peanuts don't have carbs. Might this be my body's way of bringing things back into balance? The fruit/veggie binges tend to happen during the week. Might there be something going on with my eating habits then? Not enough carbs? I haven't noticed a popcorn pattern yet. That might be because I don't keep pre-popped popcorn in the house constantly. Interestingly, I am NOT drawn to eating the plain popcorn that I *do* keep in the house and regularly pop for the family in the same way as I am to the pre-popped light popcorn from the store. Might I be after the salt in the packaged stuff?


On a happier note :-)

I lost 3 pounds yesterday so I am under goal again. I *knew* I was being super splurge-y while my parents visited BUT I also really do try not to eat if I'm not hungry so lots of simple carbs, a few more drinks than usual, a restaurant meal ..... and my weight went up.... but I'm right back on track. :-) I'm really happy that I seem to be entering a phase of maintenance where I can relax and enjoy food-based social situations without obsessing about food OR doing damage to my maintenance success.

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    I have eating patterns like this also. As long as I can keep the bingeing to vegetables, I don't worry. I avoid nuts as a snack. Peanuts are the worst.
I tried to figure out what it was that kept me eating them and never could.
Peanut butter does it too. So I just decided that they were a trigger food or maybe even an allergen...but that I just needed to totally avoid them...not get started with even one bite. There are sooooo many calories in nuts, and one binge of nuts can really set a person back.

As far as popcorn, for me it is the salt and crunch. Also, I like the full tummy feeling. I occasionally still eat popcorn (94 % FF), but have successfully substituted it with veggies sprinkled with popcorn flavoring (hardly any calories).

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/31/2012 8:35AM

    When I'm tired and under stress (as it sounds like you might be, given all that you're dealing with at the moment) I sometimes eat this way, too. It sometimes sets me up for a binge-crave cycle because I'm not getting all the nutrients I need, which triggers cravings and poor judgement, leading to increasingly calorie-dense foods...like nuts. Which can lead to regain. So it's a good idea to at least make sure you're tracking whatever you're eating, accurately. Getting cat naps or a good night's sleep can help reset the cycle for me.

Through trial and error I've figured out a bunch of strategies that seem to make my food incidents happen less often.

You might want to check out OOLALA53's Living Binge Free team for more strategies, in case you decide this pattern is unhealthy:

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MOONSTORMER 8/31/2012 8:12AM

    glad the maintenance is working so well! well done!!

i think eating like that is normal. our body demands what it needs. look, sometimes we need to train our bodies, especially when it craves unhealthy food. but nothing you are describing is unhealthy. it's like how in summer we crave different foods than in winter.

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Update on Call me selfish

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I've learned a bit more about the situation I blogged about the other day and I misjudged the situation. His wife may be doing the bulk of the bedside stuff but the dad is doing a ton of supportive stuff. I still don't know what he found so selfish about unhealthy parents, except that when your child isn't healthy through no fault of your own or their own it's really hard to watch people not appreciate their own healthy children.... so maybe it was just an extension of that? You have a healthy body... how dare you not take care of it? He apparently has no sympathy for those who haven't found the balance he, apparently, has and that still rankles but ... yeah.... not feeling as upset anymore. I wish that he had a little more empathy for people who can't make it work as easily as he and his wife do.

This was a bad week for someone to push my buttons. My daughter had oral surgery this morning and my husband and I (and our support system) were quite anxious about that because she had to be 100% awake for something really unpleasant and we worry so much about the emotional harm of all she goes through. We also all just dealt with her birthday... which is a wonderful cause for celebration.... but also a reminder of the horrible shock of discovering all her congenital anomalies. To say that we were a mess of eustress and distress this week is an understatement. I think that made what that dad said hurt even more. I have had a horrible time taking care of myself when my daughter is dealing with 'stuff' because it feels SO SO SO SELFISH to be less than 100% present to her when she is dealing with all of this stuff that happened to her through NO fault of her own at all. Intellectually I understand that how I care for myself is an example to her of how to care for herself but I still struggle with seeing taking care of myself as taking AWAY from taking care of her. Today's oral surgery was the first surgery she's dealt with since I've been living a healthy lifestyle and I am anxious that it will derail me. I had a very wobbly week - some because I wanted to splurge some while my parents visited but some because of emotional eating (binging) that I desperately want to END but can NOT get a handle on. I really, really, really want to find balance where I meet my own needs without neglecting the needs of my loved ones but, honestly, my support system isn't so hot so it's easy end up in a situation where something has to give.

I've decided that I'll make homemade mac&cheese for my daughter (who needs soft bland foods for a few days) and that if my son and husband can't make due with mac&cheese and salad then they can just order a pizza because when my husband gets home I *am* going to the gym for my run. I want it. No. I need it. I *need* it and I'm not going to let my husband make me feel like that need is a want that I should put aside because he/she/they need me here at home. I've been doing that for too many years. No backsliding!

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    I run into this issue also. I always feel like taking the time for myself is being selfish and not good. I have streamlined everything I can as far as self-care so as not to be high maintenance in that department.

But, I think exercise is something you just have to do and really cannot cut short.
Of course, one can overdo this and yes, there are more efficient ways to do it.
But it is something that has to be done regularly. If you think about the big picture,
you are doing it for your health. Your health should obviously count for something!
Yes, it should count for a lot. In fact, it should be your top priority for many reasons. Obviously, on a specific day that a family member needs you for some major event, you might have to skip exercise to care for them. But that doesn't mean you can't work it in shortly thereafter.
You have the same importance as each and every member of your family.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/31/2012 6:28AM

    Sounds like you are the right track to finding balance:)

Hope all is well with your daughter!

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MOONSTORMER 8/31/2012 1:46AM

    glad you are keeping your balance!

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DRAK416 8/30/2012 5:00PM

  Key phrase find balance, Gl emoticon

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Right back at it.....

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I really enjoyed my parents' visit but we did a lot of splurge-y eating and drinking. My mom brought 2 pies, we had birthday cake, and my parents took us out to dinner last night... including drinks and desert. I passed on pie one night and shared dessert last night but I splurged plenty. And with all the stress I've been feeling this week surrounding my daughter's medical issues I did a lot of binging. I enjoyed the splurging and begrudgingly accept the binging as something that I need to get under control but which is, at least, on healthy foods these days. Overall I'm up a few pounds putting me almost 3 pounds over goal. Some of it is water.... but certainly not all of it. I guess I know what I'll be doing in September! And, really, that's not a bad thing. Maintenance is hard. It's easier for me to gain and lose 3-5 pounds repeatedly than hold a rock steady weight.

My daughter's teeth extractions went well. We did them with just novocaine because she can't have sedation. The stress came from worrying that she was going to get so anxious that the surgeon wouldn't be able to complete the procedure and then we'd have to do it in the OR *and* we'd have a child with new medical fears. But.... she did it! She wanted me to stick close by until the pain meds kicked in but she seems just fine right now. I'm half tempted to go off to the gym for my run. She's feeling *that* good. But I'd feel horrible if she started feeling poorly while I was gone so I'll hold off until this evening.

Now that we are on the 'other side' of that I feel like I can breathe again. :-)

Edited to add:

I got to the gym! :-) I am so proud of myself for standing up and saying 'I am going.' Not asking. Not wavering when I got push back. Just getting it DONE.

Running for 2012:
77.5 miles + 3.25 miles = 80.75
24 days until my next 5K.

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LBLYKOWSKI 8/31/2012 2:08AM

    So glad you made it to the gym emoticon

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