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Home Renovations (before & after pics) Part 1

Thursday, June 26, 2014




emoticon It's high time I posted a blog about our new home ...:::if I wait til I am satisfied, it might take til Christmas...Lol! emoticon Once you get going, the work is never finished, or so I am discovering...

If-truth-be-told, we are finished for the most part...at least the house is functional, construction workers are gone, and I am content to wait to gradually do this-and-that.
I have plenty of time to piddle with different kitchen hardware as I find what I like, time to place all of the contact paper in my cabinets, time to choose just the right roman shade for above the kitchen sink and curtains at the dining window....etc.

...::Before pic on the day we purchased the house:



...::Process of trees trimmed and shrubs scalped, leaves raked:





...::Before kitchen pics:





...::Pics of the "Process"(sanded cabinets & trim, primed, sanded again, painted topcoat 2X, new granite countertops, natural stone backslash, kitchen faucet & sink):








..:::( Oh my word, the taping that must be prepped before anything is done! LOL!!, and everything papered before spray painting too) Also check out the fact that my cabinet doors are still down...I am undecided as to which ones will stay down . I decided to use a foam board/fabric backing on several cabinets to show case my handmade pottery:
















emoticon emoticonBOY! Did I learn TONS of new DIY projects in just 30 days!

...::Before pics of living room:





...::After pics of the living room with new laminate plank flooring(Oh, and that pic of the tree on canvas is my painting that our housewarming party guests added their touch by using their thumbprints to create "leaves"):








...::Before pics of the foyer(stripping wall paper, priming & spray texturing):







...::Final (so far) pics of the kitchen:





..:::and my new paint (sassy blue):





..:::Lastly, pics of our backyard with Faith, my just 10 yr. old DD in our pool!



..:::more blooming trees:



..:::and my DD, Fairlight near our back fence and clothesline:





We moved in on the 16th - seems like an age ago. Lol!




  
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EBLOOMING 7/9/2014 12:14PM

    All your hard work paid off for a beautiful kitchen, living room and yard. I love your kitchen! Congrats on becoming a DIY expert on what to do and not to do. I have put off painting my bedroom but hey that is just a drop in the bucket compared to your project. Beautiful!! emoticon

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LCERVERA 7/6/2014 10:25AM

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

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COLUMBINE2 7/1/2014 11:44PM

    Oh, it's so beautiful, Laura! Everywhere -- kitchen, living room, floors, yard, trees. I can't imagine how hard it was to change the dark kitchen cupboards to brilliant white! No wonder your body was worn out! I believe that even the greatest athletes rest their bodies one day a week --- I hope your remodeling project will accommodate that (or more) in the future. (please, with a cherry on top?)

Your family will make many wonderful memories in your home and I hope we see lots of photos as the project continues.

Nice work & beautiful revisions! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/28/2014 5:05PM

    Wow, you've done a lot of work and made great progress. So happy for your family. Your daughter looks happy!!

Enjoy your home. You may have more things to do but you've done an amazing job!!



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ZELLAZM 6/28/2014 5:39AM

    Wow, you have been busy! Girls look happy in their new home!

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PRESBESS 6/27/2014 7:57PM

    Absolutley beautiful!

Your new home looks inviting and comfortable. What a blessing. Don't we serve an awesome God.
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SUSIEPH1 6/27/2014 7:46PM

    what a amazing transformation! Such lovely colours and gorgeous kitchen .. I can see such a improvement .. Thanks so much for posting .. Hugs and love Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 6/27/2014 9:30AM

    Wow!

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~PAMELA~ 6/27/2014 8:40AM

    Love everything you did! What a transformation you have accomplished in a short period of time!!! The Kitchen is gorgeous...well done mama emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/27/2014 8:36AM

    Lots of hard work!

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PMRUNNER 6/27/2014 6:59AM

    Looks really wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/26/2014 11:48PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! Making a house a home is often deserves a lifetime-achievement award. You've done so much and the work is beautiful. Happy, Happy!

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MVKNET 6/26/2014 11:29PM

  Wow you really burned some calories. What a great job. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/26/2014 10:38PM

    What a great job you've done there - it's FABULOUS!!!!!!

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DMSPEER93 6/26/2014 10:17PM

    WOW! You've been busy! Looks great!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/26/2014 9:38PM

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DETERMINEDJANET 6/26/2014 8:32PM

    So glad to finally see some of your hard work and the house itself! Great job!!!

Hey...since you know so much about DIY now... how do I paint a railing "smooth as silk"? I did touch-up with the right color (a shiny, shiny white) but it left a texture. Any ideas what type of brush/utensil I should use?

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2014 8:21PM

    Your home is beautiful! You did wonderful remodeling! Your DD' s (GORGEOUS!) look happy too.

Thanks for sharing.

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GINNABOOTS 6/26/2014 8:16PM

    emoticon Love the back splash in the kitchen and that you left some of your cupboards open. It all looks beautiful.

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HDHAWK 6/26/2014 8:09PM

    Great backyard. Love all you've done, especially the plank floor. You've accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. emoticon

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. . .I need a shoulder

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

,and a virtual hug or two.

It's my foot again. Yep. I actually cried today - and I am not a person given to tears. I just want this foot to heal. (guess I need more patience)
It is beginning to hurt a bit...on a pain scale of 1-10, it's just a 3 or 4. Still, I wish my foot were better. I LONG so much (I cannot begin to express) for a run. .. or a jog. This break from any pounding on my feet is painful emotionally.
I just needed to write this blog....always feels better afterwards. emoticon
Thanks for bearing with me.





Mid-spring, I took a REST from any foot pounding fitness (which was 90% of all my routines at the time), and began to use the foam roller and ice on my foot, and just rest more.... Then - we moved & REST left in a hurry. LOL!
I have been on my feet more than EVER before emoticon ...::::I have been in the DIY construction b'ness for 31 days now.....at least 12 hours each day doing pretty rough work. I DO know how to float walls, texture them, paint, tile, create flagstone walkways, sand/prime/paint cabinets, and stay sane the entire time. emoticon emoticon

Hence, my upper body is quite fit and SORE! emoticon ...:::but my lower body and my heart misses the cardio, the JOY of an elevated heart rate with the all the rewards that fitness brings.

emoticon So, with being on my feet more than ever before and pushing myself 31 consecutive days - this could very well be WHY my foot is beginning to hurt. For Pete's sake - my hands feel like they are swollen and arthritic, my shoulders are killing me. Why shouldn't my feet hurt too? Lol....
It makes sense - add 31 days of construction work to my routine, and why shouldn't my body not pour out a complaint. emoticon don't mind me - ...I'm just rambling.





emoticon However, we are FINISHED now with our house improvements! emoticon That blog will be up and coming soon, I promise, with pictures too of the before & after (as requested). . .


God must have a plan with the timing, and the consequences of this injury.
I know He will heal the loss I feel, and fill the void with something in the meantime. He knows my desire to run. I leave my heart trusting in His Love and His Plan for me.





For now, I can continue floor exercises & Pilates.
If you have any suggestion for me, I would appreciate it. . . but if it is just listening, that is a blessing too. emoticon


  
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ZELLAZM 6/21/2014 4:03AM

    emoticon I understand too well. I miss running too but am slowly getting back to it. It does get better with time and care. Have you tried wearing a brace at night? It did help me a lot with the early morning pain.

Of course, I'm now wearing orthotics every day when I'm not wearing my Orthaheel sandals! I resisted that step for a long time, but now that I've made the adjustment, it's not such a big deal to find shoes that work with them.

HIS plan is good, whatever it might be for you! More emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/19/2014 8:02AM

    May God pour out upon you great blessing through the comfort and words of others shared. A little empathy goes a long way to a dear, dear friend! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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HDHAWK 6/18/2014 8:02PM

    Swimming or biking shouldn't hurt. I'm still dealing with the plantar faciatis but it's some better. I have an appt. with a podiatrist a week from Friday. Frustrating! You've been doing a lot of hard work. Sounds like exercise to me!

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PRESBESS 6/18/2014 12:51PM

    Sorry, no suggestions... just praying God's contineous blessings upon your life.

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LILYGAL 6/18/2014 7:01AM

    emoticon emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Here are your hugs!! Hope that your foot heals quickly. But you must remember that you are working your upper body and believe it or not...that is cardio. Not what you are used to but cardio just the same! I would see a good foot doctor.

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SUSIEPH1 6/18/2014 6:30AM

    I would have that foot checked out by your doctor .. Could possibly be a stress fracture. Sending love and healing vibes .. Lots of emoticon emoticon .
Glad your home is finished ..now it's time to rest ..
Look after your self ... emoticon emoticon Susie xx

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/18/2014 1:19AM

    emoticonthe only thiong i can think of apart from chair exercises for a while is to either exercise in water or on a mini trampoline as both act as a type shock absorber.glad the house is finished now and i can´t wait to see the before and after photos love.take care and keep smiling and once more emoticon emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 6/18/2014 12:03AM

    Where exactly is the pain located? I'm going to research my essential oils...I'm a believer in them!

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ELSAT137 6/17/2014 11:10PM

    Does Cycling aggravate your foot? It is a low impact exercise and you sure can get your cardio in and see some awesome scenery too. Praying for healing!!

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MICHELLENRGZED 6/17/2014 10:00PM

    Hugs!! I'll keep you in my prayers.

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MICHELLENRGZED 6/17/2014 10:00PM

    Hugs!! I'll keep you in my prayers.

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MICHELLENRGZED 6/17/2014 9:59PM

    Hugs!! I'll keep you in my prayers.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/17/2014 9:58PM

    So sorry. Hope that foot heals sooner rather than later!

HUGS

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KELLIEBEAN 6/17/2014 9:45PM

    So sorry! I understand your frustration. Now that the DIY business is done, you can heel. I can't wait to see home improvement pictures.

I'm very impressed with your DIY abilities!

It's been a while since I have done it so I can't remember everything involved but have you checked out the seated cardio workout on Spark? Maybe that could hold you over for a little while.

Take good care of yourself.

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RUN4FOOD 6/17/2014 9:44PM

    Been to see your doctor? Could be a stress fracture, just maybe.
Hope whatever it is it heals quickly.

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RENATA144 6/17/2014 9:26PM

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I'm happy that you are doing other exercises. Don't worry. You will build up your endurance again & you will carefully regain lost ground. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 6/17/2014 9:24PM

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LISADCANNON 6/17/2014 9:19PM

    Sending you a great big hug! I hope you feel better soon. Remember, this too shall pass. You will be off and running before you know it. emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/17/2014 9:16PM

    HUGS!! I hope your foot gets better soon!!

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Oh! The Things You Can Think If Only You'll Try!

Monday, May 19, 2014




We are so GLAD emoticon to own our home at last! I have never had my very own home to do just what I wanted to....Wow! I feel like someone handed me a gift!

As a family of 6, we rolled up our sleeves, dug in and WORKED!!
Today, I trimmed 6 beautiful crepe myrtle trees....that looked "transformed" afterwards...Yay! Such beauty deserves to be maintained. I trimmed the hedges in front with my eldest son, and we raked/trashed 6 bags of leaves that must have accumulated for a year under the shrubbery....LOL!
My DH trimmed the lovely mature ash & pecan trees we have in the backyard. My son hung two great tree ropes to make swings for everyone - lots of fun today...swinging so HIGH!!!
My daughters planted many flowers, broke up the soil, and cleaned up after tree trimming.
I forgot the rototiller, emoticon so I used a sharp shooter, and created a 4X4 garden..:::transplanting some of our favorite flowers from the old home. That was special. But I don't recommend my method...it was madness w/o the rototiller. LOL!





The utilities are turned on, and we assessed what needs to be done inside:

...::foyer wallpaper needs to be stripped, and primed/painted
...::new foyer light fixture needs to be hung - my choice! emoticon
..:::kitchen needs a fresh new color of paint and trimwork. I might choose beadboard....still undecided.
...::my DD's want me to paint a tree mural in their bedroom...now THAT will be a delight to do!
...::the HUGE fireplace needs to be whitewashed, and we have plans for a DIY window seat
...::need to choose a backsplash for the kitchen


My biggest chore will begin tomorrow - prepping my kitchen cabinets for painting....I know this is a huge undertaking, and I love the challenge. My desire is to finish before the granite countertops are installed. I know...I know...this undertaking is nothing to sneeze at, but I have research under my belt, great direction form my Contractor dad, and an assertive attitude.

...just in case you are interested in just what I am doing,....here are 2 vids I found.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQXD
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU7I
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Needless to say, this will take days. My sister will be caring for my children tomorrow, allowing for me to really chip off a lot of work alone.
So here I GO!!!! ....:::but first, a good night's rest. emoticon


  
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PRESBESS 5/28/2014 12:57AM

    Super exciting Laura! I am looking forward to pictures.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/25/2014 7:11PM

    sounds all exciting.hope you took before and after photos for us to see and you to brag about.we used to have a window seat when i was young and i used to love sitting on it reading a book or just contemplating.have fun doing all the work and just think of the added bonus of all those extra calories you will be burning up. emoticon emoticon

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WENDYDANCER 5/25/2014 3:41PM

    Congrats on the new home!

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ZELLAZM 5/24/2014 12:40PM

    Happy Moving Day! You've already done so much - enjoy your first night in your new home!

(PS, I'm totally snagging that ToDo list photo!)

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/20/2014 2:45PM

    Somehow the work is like fun when it's your own home!

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MIRAGE727 5/20/2014 9:37AM

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Home blessing to all!
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RUNNERRACHEL 5/20/2014 1:22AM

    Sounds like so much fun in your new home! I'm so happy for you! You and your family are so hardworking and have a great attitude! What an adventure! Hope you will post progress pics or before and after pics! I'm excited to hear about it. What a great blessing. You are really making this house your home!! emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 5/20/2014 12:39AM

    What we're having to do is nothing compared to you! Wow!

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ROBBIEY 5/19/2014 9:21PM

  Enjoy your new home!!! Good Luck with your DIY Projects

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1CRAZYDOG 5/19/2014 9:00PM

    Hallelujah for family help!



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We are now "OFFICIALLY" home owners!

Friday, May 16, 2014




TGIF!! ...and what a Friday it has been! We closed on our home today at noon - emoticon emoticon ....:::Happy Dance....here! Everything progressed smoothly, and at the end of the day, we were cut a check. emoticon I joked with my DH that we were emoticon PAID to move!

But isn't it Amazing how God works everything out! We have an interest rate of 3.75%....totally mind boggling, right? emoticon emoticon ....& great insurance rates too. I will miss working with our real estate agent as he is a gem!
He has become a family friend now. Lol!







Wow! ....::::As I sit here in our old home surrounded by boxes just reminiscing, I am thankful for the memories we have made for the past 14 years...and how I look forward.....::::to the wonderful years ahead of us! I can only imagine the blessings God has in store for us! He has poured out such a blessing






So far, I have called just about every single business to update our address, turned on our utilities at our new home, contacted our post office, e-mailed friends, family, businesses...etc, my checklists are completed..:::for now. Yay! It feels great to have made a dent in transferring our mail. I thrive off of check lists. emoticon

The floor installers will get to work replacing our floors with hardwood around Wednesday of next week, and the kitchen installers will take a template of our kitchen counters to use to cut the new granite. In the meantime, I will be sanding, priming & painting kitchen cabinets, painting walls, and moldings, and cleaning of course. How much fun it is to have the freedom to design the interior of my own home.







All of next week will be consumed with our final preparation to move.....lots of painting before floors are installed ( I will need ENERGY!), need new door locks, and a BIG clean-up after floors are finished. I predict that we will be sleeping there by Memorial Day. emoticon
Then last of all, our kitchen counters will be installed...I chose a nickel brushed kitchen faucet and sink, as well as matching hardware for the cabinets. After the dust has cleared....we will settle in.


I want to say emoticon to my SP freinds for praying, supporting and caring for us as we move. Means the world emoticon ....::::to me!


  
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EJOY-EVELYN 5/23/2014 10:07AM

    Am rejoicing with you as you have become new "House of the Lord" owners! Love reading about your excitement and all the things you are doing to make it your own --Your energy is boundless right now. Praise be to God that HE is such a vital part of your lives as I know you will honor him well. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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COLUMBINE2 5/18/2014 12:15AM

    Oh, what great, great news! And your being so fit will really come in handy for all the tasks on your "to-do" list! I hope you'll post pics when your new interior is finished. It sounds absolutely beautiful!

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TRANSFORM-ABBY 5/17/2014 11:16PM

    emoticon PTL!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/17/2014 7:39AM

    wow laura that is great news and must be a big wait off your mind i am so pleased for you.sounds great all your plans.take care and keep smiling. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LECATES 5/17/2014 6:55AM

    All that work will be great workout for you this coming week. How exciting to be doing this kind of stuff on your own place---you will enjoy it so much more! Congrats.

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DETERMINEDJANET 5/16/2014 10:58PM

    emoticon Long time coming for your family Laura! Have fun watching all of your paint, floors, counters going in!! I'm having fun watching the hubby install all this storage space for us. Tonight I got new cabinets in the utility room! Much better than one tiny little shelf!

Sooooo happy for you!!!!

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PAULALALALA 5/16/2014 7:42PM

    Congratulations on closing! How exciting to be able to choose the materials for the flooring and kitchen counter tops! Your real estate agent sounds wonderful!

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SUSIEPH1 5/16/2014 6:57PM

    So very happy for you .. Nothing like owning your own home xx Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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PRESBESS 5/16/2014 6:53PM

    I am so doing the happy dance for you and your family! If that ain't a "WoO-HOo!" I don't know what is. Look what our God has done... again. Praise Jesus!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/16/2014 6:17PM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/16/2014 6:10PM

    Wishing you all the best! HUGS

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KAYLEESMEME 5/16/2014 6:00PM

    Congratulations! Isn't it just awesome the way that God works in our lives! Very happy for you! And I pray that God continues to pour His blessings over you and your new house!

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ZELLAZM 5/16/2014 5:57PM

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Unfortunate News

Thursday, May 08, 2014





My News: After my recent Zumba class, my heel began to hurt a bit.
This concerned me as my foot has been doing quite well ever since I was fitted with great running shoes a few months ago. . .I also have 2 other pairs with great arch support.

Then after yesterday's high impact aerobics with my children, my foot began to feel very sensitive again... emoticon My heart began to sink. It appears that my FAV fitness choices are about to be Taboo until my foot has PLENTY of time to recover from whatever is causing this sore heel feeling.
Now it is true that I do not fee any pain, just a "bruised feeling" where the heel & arch are connected. But I don't want to overdo and cause pain by not listening to my body now.

emoticon I will miss my lunges, aerobics, Zumba, jumping jacks, emoticon emoticon and most especially my emoticon with my running buddy. I don't know how long this healing will take, but I will be patient with my foot until it is perfectly fine. Right now, I feel a bit overwhelmed. I value so much fitness.....and I love a variety too.





I have been advised to try emoticon and to use the elliptical in the meantime. I have neither a bike or machine....and as we are moving, I will be leaving my beloved gym....so I am stuck w/o anything for the moment.

emoticon I am a woman who LOVES her fitness....I cannot imagine life w/o it! If you have any suggestions for me, I could use a few right now.

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RENATA144 6/17/2014 9:27PM

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LILYGAL 5/9/2014 7:29AM

    I can add nothing to what everyone else has said. emoticon Is there a gym close to your new house? If so, check it out. Good luck!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 5/9/2014 6:27AM

    So much wonderful information and LOVE pouring forth for you. BIBO (breathe in - breathe out). Maybe this is a way of slowing you down just a bit. Telling you to celebrate and savor all the moments as you prepare for this move and enjoy the moments more slowly and deliberately.

I have to tell you, I changed my page this week and ALMOST used this background!!!

You have lots of great input. Slowly and steadily you will prevail! emoticon

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LECATES 5/9/2014 5:52AM

    Freeze a bottle of water and roll your foot on that several times a day---also flex it up towards your knee before you get up from any seated position or get out of bed---kind of sounds like you are starting to get a heel spur---these 2 things will keep that from getting worse and help the healing process.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/9/2014 5:47AM

    have you a mini trampoline.you might find walking or even running on it will not be as painful as the trampoline works as a shock absorber like water does when you do aqua aerobics etc.which would be my next option for you love.hope this helps.get well soon. emoticon emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 5/9/2014 12:33AM

    Sorry to hear this bad news. My foot's torn tendon is reappeared; the cortisone injection just masked it for a couple of months. Will see dr. next week. In the meantime (& probably for a long time after I see him), I'm on the same schedule as yours...let it heal, let it heal, let it heal! In your case, it's let the heel heal, let the heel heal, let the heel, heal!

Eager to hear about the house....your title on the blog made my heart stop thinking it was your house. Hope no news is good news! Keep me posted!
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1CRAZYDOG 5/8/2014 9:38PM

    Wish I had some suggestions, but don't really! Just hope it heals quickly!

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HDHAWK 5/8/2014 7:40PM

    I'm trying to heal my plantar fasciitis that I have. Sounds similar to your pain. It's feeling better, but it's not there yet. I hope yours heals quickly!

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VISUALLYRICS 5/8/2014 6:37PM

    I am resilient. And with the Lord's powerful hand to aid me, I will heal. Catherine (LIVE2RUN4LIFE) wrote a blog about PF...Amazingly helpful blog!
I had incorporated all of these instructions into my daily life a few months ago, but when my foot appeared to be just fine, I stopped and started running again...
perhaps too soon. I have a learning curve with this PF... emoticon

So I will reach for that PLAN once again, and use it with NO running - in fact I will place running on my back burner until I am 100% sure all is well...so as to treat the root cause of PF. I have hope.

Thanks for your support, Laura

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DETERMINEDJANET 5/8/2014 6:17PM

    Hugs to you!! Rest sounds like a priority and with all the moving coming up you will be active.

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/8/2014 4:28PM

    Kudos to ZELLAZM and many others for the great advice. I've had the Plantar F and the foot stretches worked like a charm to strengthen all the workings of the foot. It got me off ibuprofen for several years. You’re not the kind of person to give up, so I'm confident that you’ll find some great alternatives.

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ZELLAZM 5/8/2014 3:57PM

    Oh, Laura - it does sound like plantar fasciitis and there are lots of things you can do to help with the healing but REST is essential! Things that helped me - lots of foot and calve stretches, ice packs, a night splint (eliminated the early-morning pain) and, eventually, special insoles for my shoes that I now wear EVERY day. It meant having to change out my shoe wardrobe - all my shoes need to be able to accommodate the insoles. You may not need those, but you may want to try some shoes for every day that have a good arch support like Fit Flops, Orthaheel, etc. Check out the Plantar Fasciitis team threads on Spark. The pain through me for a loop for awhile, but I'm able to walk and run again now. It WILL get better if you take care of yourself! You are creative and dedicated and an overcomer - you'll find ways to get your exercise, I know. Prayers and hugs!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/8/2014 3:39PM

    Those are symptoms of plantar fasciitis. I recommend that you talk to the expert at your shoe store again. The shoes that are right for running might not be best for zumba, which has a lot more side to side and twisting movements than running does. A shoe designed for basketball or tennis might be better for zumba.

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RUN4FOOD 5/8/2014 3:35PM

    Sorry to hear that. Any thoughts that it might be plantar fasciitis?

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ROZOZ68 5/8/2014 3:29PM

    Stationary biking at home is a great way to stay in shape. No impact on the feet. I was like you and then I had foot surgery and that all changed for me. I used the bike and water rower and yoga to keep in shape. It is very hard to change the routines you love and know and make you feel good. Hope you will find your way into a new routine! emoticon

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PROPMAN1 5/8/2014 3:21PM

  Wherever you are going - check your tv for exercise programs. Usually your cable provider will have at least 1 channel or an exercise program can be found listed somewhere. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/8/2014 3:20PM

    Hi Lauren. Sorry to hear of your foot injury .. You are right to rest it .. Your feet need to be looked after ..
Have you thought of buying your own gym equipment ? You can quite often get some really good items extremely cheap on EBay .. Also look out for garage sales ..
Hope you find a solution .. I actually have my own. Gym equipment set up in a room of my home .. I think all together. It cost me about $100.00 .. I have a treadmill . Resistance bands, stability ball , weights, and a recumberant bike .. I also have a peddler which enables me to sit in my lounge chair and Pedal away whilst watching TV ..
Hugs Susie xx emoticon

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