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The 3 R's...Recap, Resolve, and Renew

Monday, October 01, 2012

September is completed.

1- Complete 1500+ minutes of fitness.
I fell even shorter on this goal than I did last month with only 619 minutes. I missed 12 days of exercise in September...so I improved by one day but my average times were shorter.
I know it is better than nothing, and I KNOW it has been a difficult month (6 weeks actually), for me with falling and whatnot, but to sit here and say that...it sounds and feels like a copout.

All I can do is what I can and as long as I am continuing forward, I can accept it.
I am renewing this goal yet again for October.

2- Lose 7 pounds.
I lost 3....I am not sure what to say about this. My first instinct is to be disappointed, but I am just glad that I lost any.

3- Lose 2 more inches from my waist.
I lost 1 inch...I'll take it! (Again!)
The goal is still 2 inches for October!

Since September's routine was not effective to my satisfaction, my new change-ups are:

1. Jogging/walking every other day, so will be out 3 days one week and 4 days the next.
2. Distance we will be doing is 5k every time, no more 1.25 miles at 22-24 minutes each.
3. Every OTHER day that we go out, I will be doing jogging intervals as long as I am able. I should be able to jog a bit longer each time.

I feel that I am doing quite well in what and how much I am eating. I will have to try to find time to track it again though, because I think that I am actually coming up short on calories most days...which might be causing my body to hang on to everything.

In other news...
I have a doc appointment on Monday, I plan to ask him to check my hearing...because everyone else mumbles, lol!
I also need him to check on all my bumps and bruises from falling...I actually have several unexplained bruises, I know I got them when I fell but they are on my shins, which I did not hit.
Also on the agenda is having him check on my knees, ankles, and right foot, I am worried that I have either another heel spur or plantar faciitis. He can give me a splint, or tell me how to massage it (tennis ball isn't working), or give me a cortisone shot....what he is NOT allowed to do is tell me to stop jogging or walking.
Yes, I know staying off of it, or off of hard surfaces is probably going to be the answer, but he will have to work around that one! Besides, all I have is hard surfaces to walk on...we have concrete floors at home, so another treatment will have to be found.

The room mate should be moving out at the end of the week, she pretty much let us know last night that she would not be coming up with any money any time soon and gave us a vague 'when I have money, I will pay you back' statement.
She did offer to sell my son a sofa that she has in storage for his apartment though....I went over there and verified that I heard correctly...to SELL it to him and I told him over my dead body. If he decides that he needs one, we will help him get one.
We have come to terms that we got screwed yet again for helping someone, and we will just mark one on our 'we're too nice for our own good' slate and move along.
C'est La Vie!

I am happy that October is finally here. Autumn is my favorite time of year, I am always more at peace in the fall for some reason.
As I sat at work today with the door open and smelling the clean air, I couldn't help but thinking what a perfectly fall day it is! It was cloudy and cool this morning but the sun peeked out here and there during the day. The wind picked up for a little bit this afternoon so that I could hear it blowing through the equipment outside which always reminds me of Winnie the Pooh and the blustery day!

Enjoy your cooler temps, changing leaves, pumpkins, and take advantage of the great outdoors!

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JENAE954 10/2/2012 9:06AM

  Sorry you are having a rough bump in the road.
Room mates can be trouble when they have a sense of entitlement.
Life gives us many opportunities to learn and grow if we pay attention.
Sounds like you did. Congrats!

Now about the muscle and joint pain you are experiencing...
I am a rehabilitative massage therapist and have found a non-addictive way to help the pain.
This is not to advertise but just to share what has worked for me and many clients.
It is a cream called Sombra. It comes in both 'cool' and 'warm'.
I use the 'warm' one all the time.

Results are really great and being in constant pain for years have finally found relief and it is all natural.
If you are interested, look it up on line since you will probably have to order it online.

Wishing you the very best. Please keep me in the loop. Want to know how you are doing.

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YESCURLYCAN 10/2/2012 3:03AM

  *warning long comment ahead* lol

Your re-vamped goals sound great and September wasn't too shabby either. Every
time I read a blog I think, "woohooo! She is running!". That is a major accomplishment. emoticon

I have had plantar fascitis and got rid of it on my own. My podiatrist wanted me to do 6 weeks of physical therapy and I passed because I used to be a massage therapist, so I could do that myself. If you do have PF, then the night splint of course is great, and ice will be your best friend; trust me. Get an empty water bottle and put it in the freezer. When frozen, place it on the floor and roll your foot over it. I did this all the time. You get a massage and it brings down the inflammation. You should do this for about 10 minutes at a time, no longer. Also get into the habit of stretching your calves and foot. In the morning (when PF is the worse, hence the night splint) take a small towel or belt, and wrap it around the top of your foot, then gently pull your foot toward you. This stretches the band that runs along the bottom of your foot. These methods will greatly inprove the condition. I have not had PF come back, and it has been 6yrs. Good luck Mobii

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FIT@401 10/2/2012 1:48AM

    The tennis ball didn't work for me. A friend gave me a golf ball and that worked better for me. It hurt when I was using it but it would eventually loosen it up.

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KAREN608 10/1/2012 11:40PM

    Your heel: have you tried GOOD insoles? I don't mean wally world el cheaps or dr what ever they are, useless really...I mean better ones like
Spenco PolySorb Total Support Premium Insole

amazon has? like $30 but really good. That brand has lesser models of varying thickness. I bought some 15 yrs ago and we still buy them once in a while. Long lasting. I just ordered some for hubby. Since we are really big people, running insoles really help our heels.
Hope the tip helps. I would never give up my insoles!!!

I love autumn also. Keep to your goals, one day at a time.

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/1/2012 10:10PM

    I love fall, too! The smell of the leaves and the sights and sounds!!! Just wonderful!


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Not sure if NSV or not.....

Thursday, September 27, 2012

So, my beau had one of the guys from his work come and get him so he can get a few sales under him and boost his paycheck a bit. Which is WONDERFUL! We are so lucky that he has a manager that understands the problems we are having with the car and everything lately.

He didn't leave until this afternoon and I was getting antsy to go for a jog/walk....that is putting it mildly to be honest....I was ready to blow my top if I didn't blow off some stress and steam, so I HAD to get out of the house!

I sent him a text and told him that I was going to go for a walk around the block before it rained and got dark. I stayed near home because I know he worries and if I fell again or something, I would be close enough to limp home. Me? Fall? Surely not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyways, If I make the big circle around, it is a half mile....I made 2 laps and decided that I felt pretty good and was enjoying my music and the breeze that the storm was pushing in, so I decided to do another lap. Usually we do about 1.25 miles. After the third lap, I figured, what the heck, I am going to get a time on 5k and see if I have improved.

Lap 4 comes around and I am on the far side of the block from my house and noticed that something didn't feel right....I had been swinging my arms in the front of me around to the back then over my head to get rid of a bit of shoulder tension....I look down and sure enough, the girls have escaped!
Evidently, when I swung my arms back, my bra decided to unhook itself! I tried to keep my pace up with my arms clasped in front of me to keep everything inside my tank top....I sure didn't want any further wardrobe malfunction to scare the bejesus out of the neighborhood kids! I tried to keep going and stuck my water bottle in my mouth and tried like crazy to reach the straps behind me to no avail! I have never been able to get my shoulder joints to that position!
On my next pass in front of my house, I put my Nike app on pause and ran inside and made my roomie hook things back up and dashed back out the door!

Of course the very first time that my beau wasn't with me and look what happens!

So, I am thinking that is a NSV that will need to be remedied very soon! Baggy pants I can deal with....the Great Girl Escape....not so much!

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IM2READY 10/2/2012 3:22PM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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YESCURLYCAN 10/1/2012 2:15AM

  Sounds like a NSV to me, albeit a funny one. I guess the girls had other plans emoticon

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JENAE954 9/29/2012 5:13PM

  The girls were dancing to a different beat than your feet.
Too funny!

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KAREN608 9/28/2012 11:25AM

    Oh my, but I guess this is a lot more fun then falling.
Me, I hand sew tucks on the sides of my bras to make them fit tighter.
Also I buy front hook bras. Very nice to use.

I used to use the other kind by putting it on backwards, not the straps though,
and hooking it, spinning it around and pulling the bits into place and putting my
arms through the straps.

Front hook bras are the way to go.

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CLUTTRELL8 9/28/2012 9:47AM

    WOW! That is some seriously hilarious NSV!!! I absolutely say YES it is one! Great story and thanks for sharing and CONGRATS to you on outgrowing? ..no... outshrinking? your bra!! Go you for keeping on going! emoticon emoticon

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ADARKARA 9/28/2012 8:02AM

    HAHAHA!!! That is great! I think I'm going to have to buy new bras soon too. =)

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POSITIVELY_EB 9/28/2012 12:34AM

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DREAMINGIRL 9/27/2012 11:27PM

    That's funny & definatly a NSV!!!! Way to go....that's when you know you're making progress! emoticon

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FEMISLIM 9/27/2012 11:21PM

    It is a very, very good NSV!!!!

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SHOES17 9/27/2012 11:12PM

    lol That is so Funny! This morning I woke up really feeling the sore throat. I thought I better get the walk in before it got worst. It was in the 50s here so I threw on a heavy sweat shirt over top my short sleeve one. I was off to see the wizard. About a mile and half later I thought my back is hurting. Something just felt strange. I looked down only to realize my bra was approximately a mile and half away on the bed. I just kept trucking it . The shirt was heavy and there wasn't a lot I could do about it at that point. I just dont take things as serious as I use to. Please dont take that wrong...I do wear a bra in public! This was just a one time deal! emoticon

Personally I think we should get extra credit for strength training when our bras go on strike!!

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My Amazing Body!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yours too! Look at it, just look!

I am 40...which amounts to approximately 28 years of abuse to my physical being. Quick rundown...
I started smoking when I was about 12, got falling down drunk for the first time when I was 14, was raped and became pregnant, and had my first baby when I was 15.
Married when I was 18, had 2 more babies, and stayed in an abusive relationship for 12 years.
During those 12 years there have been more than a few...injuries.
There was more than one time that I drank myself into oblivion. I have blank spots in my memories of my life, some from alcohol, some from my mind trying to protect me.
I spent some time in the lowest pits of depression and dealt with the aftermath of self injury.
I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and stayed uneducated on what was good for me and what was not.

One by one, I made changes to my life. I stopped drinking and I left my husband and found someone who made me feel pretty for the first time in my life, we were even happy for several years.
I even managed to drop a couple of pounds...albeit, I was doing it totally the wrong way, but I did feel a little better. I even checked out some yoga to do at home. I have always been a bit clumsy so needless to say, there were a few yoga induced bumps, bruises, and rugburns! The beginnings of yoga helped immensely with healing my inner self. Realizing who and what I am, the beginnings of realizing my self worth.

I found myself single again about the same time as my beau found himself single. We had been friends online for a few years at this point and everything just clicked for us. I found myself head over heels and my only unhappiness was in my body. About 6 weeks before I moved to be with him, I was in a minor car accident, major for the car, but minor in injuries for my friend and I.
I quit smoking and found a touch more happiness in the fact that I hardly ever snore anymore, lol!

My beau is nothing but supportive, almost to a fault. He helped me with my first major weight loss...about 56 pounds. I was on the 6 week body makeover and while it did work, and while taught me several things about the hows and whys of my body and its workings....it was not the right path for me.

Moving along...there is a point to all this, I promise!

I found SP through an ad....I think it was something on Facebook, it was for an article that looked interesting, I clicked it, signed up and promptly forgot about it for a month. I finally found a bit of time to check out the website and was immediately hooked. I can't tell you how much y'all inspired me!
I dropped a couple of pounds and by a couple, I mean like 2....and got another spark from my cousin on FaceBook. She and my other cousin ran a half marathon and I heard something in the back of my mind.

I WANT to be healthy, I WANT to feel good and have good food! I WANT TO RUN!
Thanks to you good people, I have the education, inspiration, and I have found the determination to get what I want!

I started my journey crying when I had to actually put my feet on the floor in the morning and asking them to bear me up yet again. I started in fear of a heart attack, stroke, or some other life altering or life ending event. I was afraid to move too much, afraid of falling and either needing help up or just being embarrassed in front of other people. I don't know which would be worse.

The recent events of my falls and mishaps have taught me something else as well. Not only did I fall and get myself back up, but I did not die from embarrassment either! My bruises have mostly faded, the lumps and bumps have mostly receded, my body even let me jog for 3 solid minutes yesterday! No knee pain, very little foot/ankle pain, no shin splints or side stiches.

My body is a wondrous creation! After putting it through hell and back for 28 YEARS, it still heals itself! All I had to do is get out of my own way.My body and mind may have strayed from the path, but neither one is broken.
I still make mistakes...I AM human after all!
But I learn from them, I appreciate them, I don't beat myself up about them. I work on healing my mind...which heals my body...which heals my mind, its a beautiful circle.

Love yourself and let your body do its thang!

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GETSALONG 9/27/2012 4:50PM

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JACQUEBO 9/27/2012 12:55PM

    Yes our bodies are truly wonderous things. We heal when we don't think it is possible. You have come a long way. Congratulations and keep up the great work. Can't wait to meet you in person.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/27/2012 11:31AM

    Wow!! You are a survivor!! What an inspiring blog.

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CLUTTRELL8 9/27/2012 9:43AM

    Amazing body indeed! Great blog... and so inspiring. It's wonderful to see how strong you are coming through so many obstacles and finding yourself where you are today. In control and more confident. Beautiful inspiration you shared with us! Thank you!

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SUKIE40 9/27/2012 9:39AM

    Oh my...you are a survivor girl and an inspiration to everyone that has not had a fairytale life. Instead of sitting there being depressed and a victim you are keeping a positive attitude and moving forward. You should be so proud of yourself, you are a beautiful, loving woman and you deserve the best in life - never forget that! I am so glad that I read your blog and thank you for sharing it with us.

-Sue emoticon

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YESCURLYCAN 9/27/2012 2:20AM

  Thank you for sharing that with us. You have certainly come a long way and I am glad that you are grasping your future with both hands. You have taken stock and are making great strides. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RITA61MOODY 9/26/2012 11:27PM

    I feel your pain,the more i get to know you the more I see we have in common.You may ask me any question you would like to know about me,I will answer in person! emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 9/26/2012 11:14PM

    Yes, our bodies are amazing! So glad you keep going at it.
My knee isn't too bad by the way. Actually I hadn't fallen in a long time
so that is what made it such a surprise. Last time I fell was in the east
field, and my right foot will ache when rain is coming in.
Once I walked right into a low branch and someone was outside sitting
and we both laughed, and BOY do I wish I had that on film and I would also like to see what I look like when I walk through a spider web!

I also learned that I can jump sideways really fast when a dog is coming at me in someone's yard on a chain.

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FEMISLIM 9/26/2012 10:57PM

    You have come a long way and it is wonderful that you are doing dso much to turn things around. You are doing great!!! Remain blessed!

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POSITIVELY_EB 9/26/2012 10:56PM

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/26/2012 10:29PM

    Ain't life grand when we ponder the wonder of it all?!? I am truly so happy for the place in life you find yourself. So very, very good for you! Woo Hoo! I look forward to checking in on you as you go along this health and fitness journey! Keep at it!! You are so worth it!


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Still chugging along.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Haven't gotten enough exercise this month. I was hoping to do better with the number of minutes than I did in August, but it doesn't look like I am even going to do as much as I did then! Its been a rough couple of months here, but I am not beating myself up about it.
Right now, I am doing all I can do and that's a good thing. My numbers are still improving and I still have enough energy to make it through each day....with an occasional nap.

It was too late to go for a walk or jog tonight after I finally got supper cooked...still very leery of walking near or after dark, so I opted to use my healthwalker and watch a bit of tv. I don't know if it is the way my foot moves in the stride or if its the shape of the foot thingy, but it kills my right heel and both feet were numb after 15 minutes.
I am glad I got 15 minutes on it though.

I am thinking of putting it on freecycle.org to give it away and see if anyone has a stationary bike they are wanting to be rid of. I love that website!

Today was the first day since my fall on the road that I have been able to shower myself without my hands feeling like they are on fire....well, mostly by myself. My beau helped with my hair....I found out the hard way yesterday, that shampoo and new, raw skin are NOT a good combination.
So I am clean and have fresh bandages on and am feeling alright.

I got a bad call from my sister this morning, her ex, who I still consider family, passed away this morning. They deemed it most likely a heart attack. He was only 47. My sister and him had their problems but he was a good guy.

Another shake in my wake up call.

Edited to add that my health walker thingy is a glider, like a gazelle...no impact walking.

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LADYPIXEL 9/25/2012 3:13PM

    I'm sorry about your sister's ex, too. :(

If you have problems with the health stride, try putting some bricks down on the livingroom floor and doing stair-stepping with 'em. You can choose your own height that way, and you can do that while watching TV just as easily as you can do the health stride. I'm guessing the health stride is one of those little home elliptical machines, and those things just aren't the same quality as the gym ones, alas. :(

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JENAE954 9/25/2012 8:17AM

  It is never the right time to lose someone you care about. Sorry for the family's loss.

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FATBASTICH 9/25/2012 6:20AM

    I'm sorry for your loss, and for the tough time you're having right now. I hope things start looking up for you. soon!

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GETSALONG 9/25/2012 4:39AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon oh my gosh, sorry about your xil (hugs)

emoticon i'm not sure what a health stride is, but is it by any chance a treadmill? I was having similar problems, and read a tip that for some machines (older ones?) flat is like walking a tad bit down hill and to put it on a 1% incline which is more like walking level ground... it might help :)

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POSITIVELY_EB 9/24/2012 11:24PM

    Sorry about your sister's ex. It seems we always get hit when we are struggling the most. Glad you are still working on it - and that you are healing! Keep on keeping on!


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FEMISLIM 9/24/2012 11:24PM

    Sorry about the loss. I also use freecycle and actually got a stationary bike from there. Wishing you all the best. Take care of you and remain blessed.

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And why did the chicken cross the road?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Well, she (I) didn't.

I was determined not to let my fall in the road on Saturday bother me. I cried tears of stress and nerves on Saturday evening. By Sunday, I was relaxed and trying to make light of my new war wounds.
My ankle (from my previous fall) is doing much better and I decided that with all the bandages I am wearing, I just might have to be a mummy for Halloween!
By Sunday night, I was having second thoughts on walking to work on Monday morning. I steeled myself and decided that I would NOT let a mishap interfere with what I wanted to do.

Monday morning arrived, dreary and rainy, but I set out anyways. I took a back route which is about the same distance from work. I wore light clothing and have a huge rainbow umbrella and when I cut across the parking lot at the corner store...someone almost backed over me. I scooted out of the way and took a few deep breaths and continued on my way....mind you, this is the same route that beau and I took the night of the fall.

By the time I got to the corner that I needed to cross 5 lanes at the light...my feet were soaked through and everything else was damp, I was still sore from the fall, and terrified to cross the road. I finally gave in and called one of the guys from work to come and get me.
I took a ribbing from the guys at work about the whole incident, which doesn't bother me much but I am furious with myself for being afraid.

Today, I drove to work as I will tomorrow and the rest of the week. Maybe I will try it on Saturday when traffic is very light in the mornings.

Moving onto the positive!!!!

I walked 1.25 miles yesterday. My pace is a bit slower because I am still taking it easy on my ankle, but its not far off my usual pace.

The sales manager at work has a brother in law that is a mechanic and if we buy the part, he will fix the car for us this coming weekend and let us pay him for the labor when we are able.

My beau is extremely proud of himself for getting me hooked on Dr. Who.

I have been doing pretty good with my eating. Keeping snacks under control...actually a bit under my min cals, which is ok because since getting hurt and rehurt, I have slowed my exercise a bit.
And speaking of exercise, I think the pool at the gym will be ready next week so we can get back to the gym. Timothy can't do anything in the gym because of his neck/shoulder, but he is ok in the pool while I do ST. I get so much more done at the gym....at home I get distracted by housework.

My son has been walking a bit on his own. I saw him a few days ago when I was walking to work, he was coming up the street the other way.

And on the room mate front...I was a bit disappointed but not really surprised when I came home from work today and nothing was done. I asked her specifically with help with the dishes because of all the missing skin on my palms...there is no way I am sticking them in hot dishwater! So when I got home, there were 2 days worth of dishes....my beau helped me do some of them, he washed and I rinsed and stacked. He has a hard time with anything moving his arms....especially crouched over the sink. My son did up the rest of them when he got home. I swept up the whole apartment and tossed the throw rugs into the dryer to freshen them up a bit.
I feel so much better when my home is clean and counting down the days until she is in the other apartment and my son is here. (13)

Thank you for sticking with yet another long winded blah blah blog!

Take care of you.

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IMHAGTR 9/22/2012 11:54AM

    Good for you! I am going to start my walking program next month. My knees are so bad that I made the goal of losing 65 pounds before I start. I am starting to think that I need to get started slowly. You are quite the motivation. Keep it up!

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GETSALONG 9/21/2012 10:25PM

  emoticon *yay* u! u r coping & that is sparktacular!!! keep taking care of u!!! emoticon

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JENAE954 9/19/2012 3:12PM

  Wise choice to take the car to work.
Hope the healing process is speedy and painless.

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POSITIVELY_EB 9/19/2012 10:03AM

    I understand the fear! I hate backing up now because I sideswiped a car several years ago when I backed out of a parking space. They were right next to me, but had parked at a slight angle to my car. It was dark and I didn't notice that their back end was so close to my the car. Thank goodness I wasn't going fast. But I now check all my mirrors and look behind on both sides and still my heart pounds!!!

You'll get over it as time passes. Give yourself that time!!


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YESCURLYCAN 9/19/2012 1:47AM

  Great job on taking it easy and no shame is calling someone for help. These 13 days will fly by in regards to your roommate situation, trust. The pool sounds like a great addition to your workout as well. emoticon emoticon

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