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2012 Resolution: Every race for a cause!

Friday, January 06, 2012

As many of you guys know, I have been struggling with settling on a 2012 goal/resolution.

Finally, I got it!

Every race I run in 2012... whether it is 1 or 12... will be for a cause. Most races are a fundraiser for a cause, usually research, but some are not. I really want to focus my energy and yes, money, on a worthy cause.

My Grandma sparked this idea for me back in June, the day I showed her my half marathon medal. She asked what was it for... like what cause. As far as I know, my half marathon had no advertised cause.

Keeping that in mind, all day long I saw people dressed in purple. By the end of the race, I learned these people were members of Team-in-Training. Team-in-Training raises money for cancer (leukemia, I believe) research. In fact, since that conversation with my Grandma, it has been on my bucket list to become a Team-in-Training participant. Right now, I do not have the time commitment or money. But, someday, I will.

Besides my Grandma sparking me, I found it empowering to do 5Ks in 2011 that had a cause. You see, when you are waiting around at a race, you start to hear inspiring stories. It is no longer about you or running or your best time. It is about raising money so people do not have live with cancer or diseases that have no cure.

In the past, some races I have completed for has raised money for Lupus research, housing for parents for children that need to stay in ICU, and rising money for a scholarship for non-traditional women attending college.

This will be a good challenge for 2012. Finding 5Ks with a cause should be fairly easy but for some reason, it seems finding a half marathon will be a bit tougher. Down the road, I might have to alter the goal from every race run for a worthy cause to 12 races ran for worthy causes in 2012.

Either way, I will be helping worthy causes with running. Won't that be nice?

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/11/2012 11:37AM

    My BF's ex was a team in training and quickly advanced to a trainer for the Team in Training. She went to races in Greece, England, etc. All really dirt cheap to get there and stay there because of Team in Training. Something to think about if you are interested in traveling!

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LISAINMS 1/8/2012 9:03PM

    Always great to be aware of where the proceeds go! I definitely give that weight when deciding between races. Good job, Grandma!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/7/2012 8:39PM

  Hi Savannah.........

Great idea!!!!!!! Leave it to you to put the focus on others. I am so proud of my virtual daughter emoticon

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SHERYLDS 1/7/2012 12:14PM

    Terrific Idea... figures you with your heart of gold would make that your resolution. Go For It

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1CRAZYDOG 1/7/2012 11:33AM

    AWESOME!!!! Love your tweaks to your page.

Have a great Saturday. Off and running.



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JRIMM4 1/7/2012 11:20AM

    emoticon. I love how many resolutions I am hearing this year Which have a true meaning and impact beyond just our own individual day to day lives.


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MYLADY4 1/7/2012 10:03AM

    That's a great reason (why my sister and I do it). If you need some races let me know. We have some nice ones around here with great causes.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/6/2012 11:47PM

    Love the races for a cause! Even if you do not find a half marathon specific to a cause, you can make your participation a part of a cause by naming the cause (perhaps you already have a t-shirt that represents your cause) and asking people to help support what you're racing to. The local food shelf is always looking for contributions of food or money. You're grandma sparked you in the right direction!

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Day 2 of 7: Tracking Again

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

In the last month or so, it seems like my control on food portions is out of hand. And, the holidays sure didn't help matters! When I was at 260, I could mindlessly eat a cake pan or a pizza and realize AFTER I ate it. When that happens now, it scares me. Even after losing all this weight, I realize I will always have some demons to fight.

Anyways, back to topic at hand, I decided I want... no, need.. to get the control of my eating, whether it is healthy or junk food. I need to have control of ME. To do this, I decided for the month of January I would try to track food 21 of the 31 days.

Yesterday was day 1 of tracking again. It went okay. At times, I was forgetful that I had to track foods. At the end of the day, I had 200 calories left. emoticon

Today I have been trying to track again sporadically. This has been harder. I try to make alot of my meals at home. With doing that, you have to remember to measure. Than, I decided to make chili! emoticon Since it is not from a recipe, I do not know how many servings it is. I want to say 4-5. But, when you are trying to determine how many calories is in each serving, that extra serving can be a huge calculating factor. Anyone know how to solve this issue?

Besides that, today I really noticed how much I mindlessly snack without measuring out the proper portion. It's crazy. With needing to track food, I need to measure these fruit and veggie snacks out.

In the last year or so, I have tried tracking again. I seem to get frustrated because like my chili issue. Instead I have been trying to listen to my body and when I am actually hungry. Maybe I will have a mini-goal of getting to Day 7 of tracking. That really helped when I did it with my fitness.

Talking of which, I haven't worked out since the New Years. Sunday.. I drove home. Monday.. worked all day. I know excuses. But.. today I hope to work out after Run for Life's Greet and Meet meeting.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/5/2012 1:33PM

    It takes a while, but I've grown a terrific library of recipes here in my Sparkpeople Recipe Box and an able to plug it directly into my nutritional tracker. I love it. SparkPeople already has a good set of healthy recipes that you might be able to check to see if they are close to what you're making. This has been helpful when you I tweaking a recipe or make it again. If it just a one-time toss together, I will build a food "groupings" with nutritional tracker which allows me to easily switch up or delete one ingredient if I'm missing an element or two. There's a learning curve, but once you key in a few recipes, it gets eaier and then if you track regularly, you wonder how you lived without using this feature. 8-)

My biggest tools are my scale which weighs nearly six pounds, we well as my measuring cups and spoons. When it comes to many ingredients, sometimes it's just a matter of keying in small, medium, or large for freggies (fruits and veggies).

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PATRICIAANN46 1/4/2012 10:13PM

  Hi Savannah........
Tracking has always been what has worked best for me and I know that it will for you too. It just lays it out there for us to see exactly where we are as far as calorie intake goes. As for the Chili..........most Chili has pretty much the same ingredients, so I do guesstimate according to serving size.
Good Luck.........not that you need it. You are a pro.....

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1CRAZYDOG 1/4/2012 2:19PM

    good job!


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GETFIT2LIVE 1/4/2012 10:18AM

    This holiday season, I indulged way more than I did the previous year, and that was a little scary. Didn't gain, but it showed me that I could easily enough slide back into old, bad habits if I don't pay attention, and I know where that gets me. As for the chili, I frequently use the Recipe Calculator to do like others suggested, figure out the calories in the whole recipe, then divide it up into what seems to be reasonable serving sizes (half a cup, a cup, etc.) and multiply/divide if I'm having more or less than a 'serving' when I do eat it. I really need to do more weighing and measuring instead of estimating, though, at least periodically. Too easy to guess I have a half cup when it's really more like 3/4 or a full cup, and that makes a difference!

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LUCYLU221 1/3/2012 7:30PM

    Dont worry you will get it back on track. Sorry I am really bad at knowing that portion size. I use a food scale to weigh it out.

Take care my friend. You will do great.

Val emoticon

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SHERYLDS 1/3/2012 6:12PM

    I think it's great that you've become such a pro at this you know exactly what to do...and you just do it.

good for you. emoticon

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JRIMM4 1/3/2012 6:04PM

    I use the recipe calculator on the sparkrecipies side of the site quite often. If I'm not following an exact recipe I guestimate as best I can and go from there. I figure it's likely close and estimate high. If all else fails I simply write a note in the 'notes' section of the food tracker for the day with anything from 'really blew it at dinner!' to a detailed account of what I ingested. Even if such tracking is not exact, if it's only part of the time it at least keeps me mindful of what I am choosing to eat!


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NATPLUMMER 1/3/2012 4:59PM

    Do you have a food scale? You could weigh the whole batch and then figure out how much nutrition-wise is in a certain amount and multiply (or divide) if that doesn't happen to be your serving.
I have to get better at measuring stuff again myself. I can tell that I haven't been doing a great job at eyeballing it.
Have a good workout tonight :-)

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2012 Goal Revised, Again!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

This weekend I went to my Grandma's Christmas. Now, that I have lost 100# and missed Christmas last year, they act like I am the prodigal child that has returned after many years. I find it so amusing. My sister even noticed it.

Besides the drama with the family, it was nice to see everyone.

Of course, I ate way too much. Lately, it seems I have no self control whatsoever! It is actually very scary. I eat everything in sight. Like I did before I lost the weight. I am seeing very clearly how someone could gain all the weight again.

I tell my friends and family. They have the attitude that it is not a big deal. It's a big deal. Especially to me.

Sometimes they even comment about how I am skinny, small, blah, blah, blah. At one time I might have cared about that but not anymore. Sometimes I wish it still made my day to get one more pound down. But, it doesn't. What makes my day now? Overcoming something that I didn't think I could do. The unachievable goals. It's empowering for me.

Maybe that is why weight loss made my day before. I never thought I could even lose 5# so everyday that I went down even more it was proving to myself I can do it.

After that, it was proving to myself I can run a half marathon. There were a lot of doubts that I couldn't do it.. but I did.

So, basically, I need to find something I believe is unachievable and prove to myself I can do it.

That seems kinda backward, doesn't it? Another way of looking at it is I need a challenge.

Hmm.. let's see. What goals do I have which I believe are unachievable right now?

Becoming a Half Marathon Fanatic (Nicholas has inspired me!)
Running a full marathon.
Running Team Ortho Series during 2012 (Get Lucky, Minneapolis Marathon, Go Commando, Monster Dash)

The first two would be awesome but I do not feel my running is up to par for that. Also, mentally, I am just not ready for that.

But, the last one.. just maybe it could be a fun challenge. I can even pay for all the races at one time, at the end of this month. No excuses.

My 2012 goal was going to be 1000 miles, and 140 goal weight. But, everytime I think about them, they kinda put me to sleep. emoticon

So, I think my 2012 goal is going to the Ortho Team Series.

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LEAHOBI 1/3/2012 6:15PM

    You are so inspiring. Wishing you many great things in 2012 :)

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JRIMM4 1/2/2012 11:54PM

    emoticon You are Amazing!


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ABSOLUTZER0 1/2/2012 5:36PM

    I think the goal for 2012 is to do whatever you put your mind to! You know I'll be hear cheering you on. Woohoo! Oh, watch out for that Nicholas. He is crazy! He'd probably run to you if he could simply because it would be a new challenge. LOL!

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JMARIES51 1/2/2012 5:25PM

    I was reading your bucket list and I think you will find it easier to achieve all those things if you keep up your confidence. So setting that new goal is really important. It sounds like you have been bitten by the running bug. That is fantastic. I just started running in 2011 and completed several 5K. But right now I feel perfectly contented to keep this pace. Of course I am turning 61 next week, so if I was in my 20's I might feel more like I have to keep pushing. I wish I hadn't waiting so long to get my momentum going, but on the other hand, I am glad I achieved it at age 60.

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STRIPEDTIGER 1/2/2012 1:28PM

    I heard 95% of people who lose weight gain it all back.

I don't know about you but I don't like to be boring, predictable and another statistic.

I plan on being part of the 5%. Want to stay there with me?

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/2/2012 12:46PM

    You simply have to have goals you CARE about. Revising them is good if you realize they are putting you to sleep. Applause from this Sparker! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/2/2012 12:40PM

    Yes, you CAN do anything you put your mind (and effort) to accomplish!


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MAGGIE101857 1/2/2012 12:37PM

    A very interesting challenge indeed! Lots to look forward to and I'm confident you will move towards those goals in the days to come! Look how far you have come already!!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/2/2012 12:22PM

    You can do it! You have come so far, there is NO HOLDING YOU BACK!!!

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SCOOTER4263 1/2/2012 1:06AM

    You can do anything you put your whole self into. But don't make the mistake of thinking that if it isn't in place by New Year's Day, you somehow missed the bus. You can jump onto that bus any time - any Monday, any midnight, any time that feels right *to you*. And you get to pick the bus! What could be better! Now go out there and get yourself a great 2012!
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EJOY-EVELYN 1/2/2012 12:51AM

    You are beautiful, strong, blessed, disciplined and focused. You will become who you want to become as long as you focus on your great ability (and not some of those self defeating attitudes we sometimes allow too much power over us.)

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SHERYLDS 1/1/2012 11:50PM

    YOU Savannah CAN DO ANYTHING you set your mind to do.
You've proven it over and over.
You Go Girl emoticon

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    Sounds like you have some good goals for the New year. I really feel you on always looking for the next thing. After I finished running my first half marathon I felt kind of lost and didn't know what to do with myself, I'm hoping to run my first full marathon in 2012, on to the next thing. Happy New Year!

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Needed: An exciting, BIG goal!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Have you ever listened to the same song over and over? In the beginning, it was great, awesome. Initially, it energized you. But, say after the 100th time of hearing the sound, it bored you to tears.

That is where I am with life right now. I guess it only makes sense. I have been living the same for the past few years. At first losing weight and running was a challenge making it real exciting. Now, it isn't. Even school at times was challenging. Not saying it isn't anymore. But, it is ending.

I need to find myself a BIG challenge. Something I can continue to work on everyday like I did with my weight loss. Last year it was running a half marathon.

Maybe this year I could do a full marathon. How does one know if it is too early to train for it? Oh, I know what you are thinking. Yes, I haven't run consistently but I think that is because I have no goal. When I have a goal, I am determined and driven. When I don't, I am a lost soul, wandering around aimless.

I have already decided on my 2012 goals but I think I am going to revamp them. So I am super excited about them. The only part I am excited about is 12 races in 2012.

What are your goals for 2012? I may have to borrow.

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XRSIZE18 12/30/2011 12:37AM

    Are you thinking Grandma's? I don't think it's ever too early to start training for that. I have friends who run year-round in preparation.

My goal for 2012 is to lose at least 6 pounds a month. I'm on my way (I lost 9.2 last month!).

My second goal is to not feel like an albino hippo in a bathing suit. Sure, sure I'll still feel like an alibino but the hippo part needs to go.

My final goal is to continue to write my blogs on here - at least 2 a week. It's so ecouraging/exciting/fulfilling to meet all these new people and to have a creative writing outlet again. I've missed it.

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JRIMM4 12/29/2011 4:31PM

    Go for it! You are the only one who can whether or not a goal fits your drive and ability!


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SHERYLDS 12/29/2011 2:36PM

    I wholeheartedly agree with Patti.
SCHOOL school SCHOOL school SCHOOL school
And if that doesn't convince you some job hunting.
SCHOOL school SCHOOL school SCHOOL school !!!
But I must say your picture look great.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/28/2011 8:20PM

  Hi Savannah.......
I have no idea what your plans are for further schooling after graduation, but I would highly recommend it. I have regretted NOT getting my Masters right away my entire life. For one thing, you are familiar with the University and faculty and you are in the "study mind-set". It is difficult to go back to that after you have been out of school for a while. Don't let money stop you. Some places even loan you the money if you agree to work for them for X number of years after you graduate. I remember my Grand-mother saying to me (over and over).........."No one can ever take your education away from you." She was right!!! Sometimes Grad courses can help you to make a better decision career-wise too.
Just a thought........
Patti emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/28/2011 8:15PM

    Well, you definitely are making some changes with moving for one. That's a good thing. On many levels! You know, with graduation looming, it is natural to have that kind of "let down" feeling . . . looking for that NEXT huge goal to tackle. You'll find it. I think like SPARKCHANTAL said, it's a matter of really determining what you're interested in and pursuing it. That takes some time and thought.

For me, well I forsee 2012 as a year of big changes with DS entering the Army in March. BUT February will be my 2nd year in Spark, so I've got the tools to handle that major change. That doesn't mean it will be easy, but I will handle it. So, that's my goal. I am going to have to find a way to keep the focus on my health if it gets stressful, which I know it will.

HUGS! You'll find your path.


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NATPLUMMER 12/28/2011 7:57PM

    Training for a marathon sounds fun. My goal isn't quite so lofty since I'm just coming back from injury. I want to run a couple of 5 and 10Ks in 2012 and then move on to HM in 2013. Hopefully injury free.

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WOMANCHEF 12/28/2011 7:48PM

    I like the idea of a marathon - scary but worthy goal. It certainly will get you running again! emoticon

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HDHAWK 12/28/2011 5:33PM

    I've been way off plan for a long time and being bored with exercise played a part in it. I haven't done anything consistently for a while so I guess anything I choose will be new again! Good luck in finding a motivating goal!

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SPARKCHANTAL 12/28/2011 3:41PM

    hi crazy!
one: find a decent job instead of all this free-lancing.
two: take part in a dance project at our theater
three: take off another 15-20 kgs

but as for you... why not look in a different direction? go back to school, get some sort of qualifications for something you always dreamed of... or do you mean only some sport activity? maybe try a team sport, like soccer or volleyball? or run scenic routes someplace different, 'collect' different states...?
what are your secret interests, what would you do if you had absolutely no restrictions? go paragliding or bungee-jumping...?
or do volunteer work in the community...? travel?
let me know how you're doing!

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JUSTBIRDY 12/28/2011 3:35PM

    I am leading the leptin reset challenge and the Primal blueprint 21 day challenge. I hope you will join us on one of them. To get more info, check out my two teams, "The Quilt" and "Primal lifestyle"

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On the behalf of all the daughters and sons...

Monday, December 26, 2011

On the behalf of all the daughters and sons out there, I want to tell parents that patience and understanding is sometimes all we want/need when we call home in a stressed situation, like locking our keys in our car after a long day at work. We don't necessary need you to be the hero of the day. Sometimes all we want is a hug and some reassurance as if we were 5 years old and skinned our knee.

When we bring up ways that it could be prevented, like ordering our AAA card like you said you would, we are not placing blame at your feet about the situation. No, we are simply saying, "Hey, could you call the company so the solution is resolved quicker next time?" And, most likely there will be a next time.

Accusing me of yelling and telling me not to treat you that way does not help either. It adds more stress and makes me feel even worse. Just accept we are stressed out. Maybe about more than just locking our keys in the car. Like, maybe we are stressed out that if campus safety opens our car, it is going to cost $20 and we only have a few dollars in our bank account. We are not trying to be hurtful. Stay calm and I will be able stay more under control.

Again, I am not placing blame at your feet. Sometimes these stressful situations cannot be prevented. In the future, you help by:

1. Staying calm.
2. Not accusing me of blaming anyone.
3. If you MUST help, give me a hug and reassure me that everything WILL be okay.

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SCOOTER4263 1/2/2012 9:08PM

    Honey, that street runs both ways. It's very difficult line to walk for a parent - you want to raise your child to be independent and strong, but at the same time, you want to jump in and fix everything and love and protect. If you're old enough to get your own AAA card, then take it off your mother's To-Do list - you'll both benefit. If you need money, instead of hinting around and being frustrated that your parent(s) don't realize you can't afford something, tell them you need money and how much. Depending upon their parenting style, they'll either fork it over or they wont, but either way, the suspense and frustration will be over.

Try to work from the place of "we love each other" rather than "wow, that person is messing me up." It's really difficult for both parties, I know. And I'm not trying to toss you under the parental bus. I'd just bet that, despite being people with flaws, they're doing the best they know how. Maybe if you can sit down calmly and talk to them, they might know better next time and do better. (Or maybe you might.) But people are always growing and changing, no matter their ages or relationships. The trick is letting them be who they are, and loving them anyway.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/28/2011 11:28AM

    Oh my . . . if I was there, I'd have given you a hug big time!!!

I rememberr clearly last year getting a panicked call from my DS. He was locked IN his car. The locks were frozen shut, so he couldn't get out. He is claustophobic. Oh boy, that was a very bad day for him. Of course, this was a situation that he couldn't help at all. We did go get him out of the car so he was "rescued" but he had plenty to vent when he was freed! I felt for him. Didn't say one one . . . not a syllable. Listened and hugged, hugged and listened . . . repeated for about an hour til he calmed down.

I surely hope this is a better day for you.

Cold here, but sunny, PHEW. Going for a walk, then the rest of the day is UNPLANNED. YIPPEE. We'll see where things go.


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MYLADY4 12/28/2011 9:54AM

    Being a mother of a college age daughter it is hard, I am sure that they don't mean to frustrate you. It is a fine line between trying to fix a problem and letting you solve it on your own. They want you to be happy and self sufficient but probably hate to see you struggle.

We try really hard NOT to any of her problems but give her an ear to spout to and some words of advise.

Hang in there, it will hopefully get better :)

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LISAINMS 12/27/2011 11:35PM

    Note taken. (Said the problem-solver parent)
Sorry you had parent stress on top of being locked out stress.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/27/2011 8:46PM

  Hi Savannah.......
I'm sorry that you had such a bad day. If I were there, I would give you a hug, but I'm not, so here is a virtual one emoticon.

What a great blog. As parents, we need to be reminded that when our kids have had a bad day, we are the logical ones that they should think of to turn to. If we aren't.............then we have done something wrong.

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XRSIZE18 12/27/2011 11:28AM

    Yeesh... sounds like a terrible day. Hopefully it ended with a smile.

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RHONDALYN10 12/27/2011 8:20AM

    Great reminder - no matter what the age!

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NATPLUMMER 12/26/2011 8:05PM

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Comment edited on: 12/26/2011 8:06:26 PM

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/26/2011 7:21PM

    Oh dear, I can remember a time when Campus Safety opened a car door for free (but they had to do it on their time, when they're available). Guess that's what happens when all the departments need money to run due to state budget shortfalls. What you ask for could also be said of wives to their husbands. It's amazing how the fella wants to just "fix" it when what we really need is a little listening with an emphathetic ear. You said this well!

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