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Venn diagrams I'd rather avoid
7/9/2014 11:55:52 AM,  3 COMMENTS

I went water jogging yesterday. I'm water jogging because my back injury prohibits many other activities that will get my heartrate high, including ru...  Read more

MISSG180

Running
7/8/2014 8:43:15 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Running is my passion. It helps me focus in a way that I never have before. It gives me an awareness of my body, my breathing and my energy. When I...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Turning a New Leaf
7/5/2014 11:14:50 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I am trying a new direction for my diet. I am going to be dairy and grain free this week. I'm not sure this is something I want to do permanently bu...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

My Vacation in Pictures
7/2/2014 9:36:33 PM,  6 COMMENTS

I climbed up a beautiful trail in Colorado out of Boulder to Bear Peak.It was a beautiful solo hike from 5:45 in the morning until I reached the peak...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

One out of three...
6/29/2014 11:02:24 AM,  4 COMMENTS

And here is the tale of my… I was going to say failure, but maybe I should make myself feel better by saying wisdom. I drove an hour and a quarter to...  Read more

MISSG180

"Two outta three ain't bad"
6/28/2014 6:09:30 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Tomorrow is my second scheduled triathlon (out of four) of the year. I contacted the organizers and explained my inability to bike but my desire to pa...  Read more

MISSG180

The Peak Ascent
6/28/2014 9:14:31 AM,  5 COMMENTS

Thursday, I went on a whitewater rafting tour. It was beautiful, exciting and icy cold! We had to paddle hard through the rapids and I got a good fu...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

The beat(ing) goes on....
6/26/2014 1:27:16 PM,  5 COMMENTS

Steroid shots: insurance coverage denied. I have already called the insurance company, been shunted off to their contractor, and been told that...  Read more

MISSG180

So disheartened
6/25/2014 1:33:58 PM,  3 COMMENTS

The pain management doctor told me that I needed a steroid shot to the back, and that I was not allowed to ride my bike until he had reevaluated me at...  Read more

MISSG180

Rocky Mountain High
6/23/2014 7:04:39 PM,  6 COMMENTS

My vacation so far has been so much fun! I got here to Longmont yesterday and hung out with my family. Then I went for a run all over the neighborho...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Back home, trying to get back to normal
6/23/2014 1:10:13 PM,  3 COMMENTS

For almost two weeks, we lived in the home of Rebecca's family. This was incredibly difficult for my back, since they have no chair that begins to pro...  Read more

MISSG180

Starting Over--AGAIN!
6/19/2014 10:47:31 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I got so focused on my running that I let my food slide again! I have eaten sooo bad this week! (Why do I like such bad foods?) I am about to star...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

ReTraining
6/17/2014 10:51:13 PM,  7 COMMENTS

I'm trying to keep my chin up. After five days of illness, I lost my running endurance. My eight mile run from ten days ago seems like a distant and...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward
6/14/2014 12:33:37 PM,  3 COMMENTS

This week was tough. Last Sunday, I cooked a steak dinner for me and my husband. Before I put them on the grill, I thought maybe they had turned bad...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

A Setback.
6/10/2014 3:41:21 PM,  7 COMMENTS

While I would have been doing four mile runs this week, Sunday night I got food poisoning and today I am still barely moving. I am able to get down a...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Lost
6/9/2014 12:46:57 AM,  5 COMMENTS

We were all with her when the final breath left her body. We cradled her body in our arms and kissed and cuddled her. We helped her mother cut locks o...  Read more

MISSG180

Rebecca
6/7/2014 11:09:22 PM,  9 COMMENTS

Rebecca died at 6:45 this evening. Today was her sixth birthday....  Read more

MISSG180

The long goodbye
6/7/2014 6:14:05 PM,  5 COMMENTS

We wait, as Rebecca lies still. Her chest rises and falls, her strong heart still beats. This body is ready to run and play. This body is growing a...  Read more

MISSG180

Pushing Beyond my Goals
6/7/2014 12:36:05 PM,  5 COMMENTS

I feel On Top Of The World! I woke up at 6:30 this morning and I felt ready to run. The temperature was 70 degrees. There was some cloud cover and...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

A Little Experimentation
6/7/2014 2:47:40 AM,  2 COMMENTS

Things have changed some more since the last update. Not the diagnosis, unfortunately, still stage IV renal cell carcinoma. However, we've been trompi...  Read more

TAPETUM

Training in Heat and Humidity
6/6/2014 5:35:45 PM,  8 COMMENTS

The furthest I've run yet is five miles. Last week, I signed up for the Huntsville Half Marathon. It will be in October. I signed up for it because...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Death stalks these halls; we fight back
6/5/2014 11:40:52 AM,  8 COMMENTS

We knew, from the look in the doctor's eyes as he came through the door. But really, we knew before that. We knew from the way the anesthesiology...  Read more

MISSG180

Recommitting to my goals
6/1/2014 10:19:12 AM,  6 COMMENTS

For a month, I've been completely back on track with my diet. But I do this by recommitting to my goals each Sunday. I visualize saying no to my cra...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Come with me on a run through the country. . .
5/31/2014 4:30:24 PM,  6 COMMENTS

My favorite running route starts with a quarter of a mile up a steep hill with country style homes on either side. Two-thirds of the way up a little...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Take a look, it's in a book
5/30/2014 11:18:51 AM,  5 COMMENTS

I'm sure almost all of you have heard about LeVar Burton's wildly successful Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow. The goal was a million dollars...  Read more

MISSG180

Happy Hump Day!
5/28/2014 10:10:12 PM,  4 COMMENTS

It's been a short crazy week and I can't believe May is gone by so fast! I am taking it one day at a time as I am trying very hard to stay on track....  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Splish splash
5/25/2014 5:40:11 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I went to the pool for the second time today. Because it's the weekend, the main pool had no lap lanes, just one rope dividing the shallow end from th...  Read more

MISSG180

Happy Memorial Day!
5/25/2014 10:25:20 AM,  5 COMMENTS

For the past week, the scale will not budge. It is hard not to get discouraged. I am forcing myself to challenge those negative thoughts. I know I...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

The verdict
5/22/2014 3:09:25 PM,  8 COMMENTS

The neurosurgeon's evaluation was, for the most part, good news. While the disc at the base of my spine just before the coccyx area starts is pretty m...  Read more

MISSG180

Summer evening
5/22/2014 11:14:43 AM,  2 COMMENTS

Yesterday evening Ferrett and I had an errand to run that took us close to a lovely park with a nice hike by a stream. We had Shasta with us and so we...  Read more

MISSG180

It's been HOW long?
5/21/2014 8:13:34 PM,  3 COMMENTS

No, not really. February since I last hopped on SP? Okay, here's the update: Fought with my brother, nobody won. What a shock. Sister is bac...  Read more

BARDIC_GRRL

Seeing the specialist tomorrow
5/21/2014 12:57:35 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Tomorrow I see the neurosurgeon. I'm a little nervous, of course. And my back is feeling much better. There is a part of me that wants to cancel the a...  Read more

MISSG180

Inching up on my gold crown!
5/18/2014 1:48:09 PM,  8 COMMENTS

I am only a handful of points away from the 100,000 mark and the gold crown. I am kind of amazed that I'm reaching it--back when I joined Spark it see...  Read more

MISSG180

It is working
5/17/2014 6:08:33 PM,  11 COMMENTS

I am losing 1-2 pounds a week. And I won't lie: it hasn't been easy. But it also hasn't been too hard. I simply don't want the sugar cravings to st...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Back setback
5/15/2014 9:46:11 AM,  7 COMMENTS

I got the MRI results for my back. I have a moderate tear in a disk at midback (I can't remember the numbers) and arthritic calcification at the top o...  Read more

MISSG180

Breaking the Addiction
5/14/2014 8:53:05 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I smoked for years. And I loved and hated it but could not quit. And then with a lot of work, I did quit. I never want to start again because I don...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

Been busy!!!
5/14/2014 10:04:56 AM,  6 COMMENTS

So yeah, it's been a while. Things have been slightly crazy, especially since I've kicked up the writing so much. I feel like I don't have time for ev...  Read more

AMANDANCES

99 Problems
5/13/2014 10:32:06 AM,  12 COMMENTS

Anyone else? ...  Read more

RHEYNKLAW

Cancer update
5/11/2014 11:51:28 PM,  5 COMMENTS

It looks like we're in for the long haul. The official diagnosis on my husband is stage IV clear cell renal carcinoma - aka metastasized kidney cancer...  Read more

TAPETUM

It's a Veggie-party in here!
5/9/2014 11:52:17 AM,  11 COMMENTS

My first week back on track has been great! I am eating my veggies! I lost the weight I had put on from getting off track. Now I'm in position to l...  Read more

APRILRUSSELL3

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