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1/31/09 7:33 P

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Mary that is so cool. At some point I want to do a 5K but I have not yet got that done. Not a runner. But totally would love to do a 5K. As for hot I love the heat hate the cold. Good luck to you in your 1/2 marathon training.

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1/31/09 8:38 A

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Seems like it will be HOT at the end of July. I am a big baby when it comes to heat. I signed up for a 1/2 marathon at the end of May. It is up north here in Michigan, along one of the bays. It should be beautiful.

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1/30/09 8:34 P

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It is the last week in July so I have lots of time to train and will hopefully know if my knee will be able to handle 5 days of straight riding. My trainer is optimistic I love working with her. She so rocks.

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1/30/09 5:30 P

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When is the ride??? or did your already answer that?

Good thing you got that trainer, pretty hard to bike in the snow emoticon

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1/29/09 9:34 P

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I am super excited now. I bought a bike trainer so I can set up my road bike inside my apartment and ride. This will allow me to get used to my bike while not killing myself outside in the snow.

Have a great weekend.

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1/29/09 4:41 P

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I am not totally sure how many miles it is either but I do know what cities it stays at so I did mapquests and found it was roughly 250 miles depending on the route taken. It is a MS ride so the money raised goes toward finding a cure. It is suppose to be done in groups but they also have an indivigual catagorie so I may try it. Hopefully. Just thought it would give me the push I need to get back on track.

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*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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1/29/09 4:18 P

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We have a ride like that here in Michigan. I'm not sure how many miles it is, but you can choose a 4 day or 5 day trip. They also have different routes. I have always wanted to do it also.

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1/28/09 2:24 P

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It is ok to go too high for short periods of time, but it is not beneficial if you keep it too high too long. It is best to try to keep it in the 60-85 range. For me that is 145-180.

The ride I am looking at is across the state of Minnesota. I wanted to do something that would be fun, but challenging to prove to myself that it can be done. But first I have to make sure that I can get used to the bike and climbing hills without my knee bugging me again.

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The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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1/28/09 12:05 P

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Okay!!! I am sooo glad you brought that up. I have a hard time keeping my heart rate down also. I usually just push through it. Is is bad to have it too high???

Where is the bike ride? Sounds like fun and HARD work!

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1/27/09 9:23 A

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A HRM is nice especally if you have the ones that tell you roughly how many calories you burned. I use mine in most classes but the one that I use it the most is spinning and to keep my HR down usally more then to bring it up. Now that I can actually ride again because my knee is better I have to focus on keeping my HR under the 85% range and lets just say most of the time lately it wants to run higher then that.

I think I am going into training soon too want to do a 250 mile bike ride in 5 days. Yeikes that is a long ways but I want to try it.

Things seem to be going a little better this week. Hopefully they will stay that way.

Have a great week.
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*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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1/27/09 9:05 A

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Geez! You week makes mine sound like a great time. I have sign up and am training to do another half marathon. 2nd week into the training I get the flu bug, leaving me sidelined for a few days. Now I am working back into things. Its better to get sick now that 2 weeks before the race. That would really suck.

I don't have a HRM, do they really help. I have been thinking about getting one.

Hope you get a phone call in to you little neice.
Mary

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1/24/09 4:29 P

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Mary hopefully things are going better for you. All I can say is I am so ready for this month to be over. I am stressing out about school, work sucks right now and I am so ready to tell them where to go. I lost a set of car keys which I found parts of later on in the day. They got hit by a snow blower and it will cost me $300 to replace. Then a week later I lost my HRM luckly I knew where that was too and it had been turned into lost and found so I got that back too. My little niece is gone to Africa and I totally miss her making it harder to concentrate. I just need to get the info from my mom and call them because talking to her will be nice. Oh well I just keep pushing on because things can only get better. If you focus on the negative then you will never get anywhere.

Good luck to you.

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*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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12/15/08 9:26 P

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Do I ever know what you mean about having a down week!!!! I have been having a hard time just getting out of bed in the morning. I think it is just the stress of the season. I just want to have a few minutes to sit around and do nothing!

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�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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12/13/08 12:29 A

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This week has been wierd! Have you ever had a week where you are just plain sore to the point that it is hard to even get out of bed? That would about sum up the way I felt this week! Tired & sore. I think alot of it has to do with physically being tired Last week was very hard on me because of all the crazynuss. And this week I did not have time to catch up. Hopefully after a relaxing weekend I will be able to get back on track next week.

Mary I know what you mean about the snow lately. We have been getting it too. And my tires on my car are bad so hopefully it will hold off until after thursday this week to do anything again.

Good luck in getting things ready for Christmas. And enjoy your time with your son. totally know how it is to have a family member gone for an extended period of time. My sister spent 2 years in the Peace Corp in Africa she did not come home at all, I did go visit her. Now her and my little niece are going back to Africa for 3 months in January to spend some time with her fiance/niece's dad.

My holiday season is going to be crazy I have a feeling between working crazy shifts, doing homework, babysitting, and everything else I think I wore myself out. Hopefully I will be able to recoup this weekend and then be ready for a new week, but first I have a 3 hour drive back home on Sunday and they are talking a wintry mix so it could be an interesting trip home.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy your holidays!

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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12/7/08 8:52 A

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I have been doing just fine! Don't worry about now getting right back to me. I am busy also and totally understand. We have been getting a TON of snow lately. I have been getting alot of snow shoveling time in *rolls eyes and sighs* I am trying to get ready for Christmas. My son is in the Navy and he will be home next week, but has to leave bfore Christmas. Soooo.... I have to get my stuff together early and I'm not doing such a good job with that!
How has your holiday season been going??

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12/6/08 7:50 P

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How are things going with you mary? Sorry I have not been around the last couple of weeks things have been nuts between work, school, and all the other appointments. Now hopefully I will be back to my normal schedule.

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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11/23/08 9:55 A

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I am GREEN with envy!!!! The place I work for just doesn't really place a lot of effort on employee satisfaction, it talks about it plenty, but they don't do much! Your gym sounds awesome!

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�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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11/20/08 10:20 P

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I work for a major medical facility. It has building all over the world, but the main part of the facilities is here. There a many buildings which include 2 gyms. One small one that is in the hospital, and one brand new state of the ark. It has 4 stories the top one is a 3 lane track used for walking or running along with a few cardio and weight machines. Then the corners are used as stretching areas. Level 2 is full of cardio machines, weight machines, a stretching area, a weight lifting area, a multipurpose area, and a spinning class room. The main level is the fount desk, the locker rooms equipment with a steam room and hot tub, one full size lap pool, one full size fitness pool, a yoga studio, a palates studio, a kenisis studio, and a women studio. The subway has classrooms/meeting rooms, a daycare, cafeteria, bank and so much more. With so much to do I have a hard time staying away from there when I am sore. So sometimes I have to force myself to stay home and rest.

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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11/20/08 8:40 P

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I work for a health cafe facility also and the gym here is POOR!!!! It will do in a pinch, but pretty much is just a small room with a couple of ellipticals and two treadmills. AND we have to pay for it!!!! The gym I joined is at home and it is a pretty nice gym. I am pretty good about going, I just didn't have the cash to pay for is for a little while, and then I got LAZY!

�Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.�

�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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11/18/08 11:23 P

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Yeah for rejoining the gym. It is going to be great. It may take some time to make a habit of going, but once you get into it, you will love it I am sure. Our gym has an incentive that if you go 30 times in 3 months then you save 10 dollars a month. The best part is that since it is a privet gym for a health care facilities it is fairly cheep, and all exclusive. The only thing you have to pay for is day care, and a massage. That is the main reason I don't want to leave my current job. I would not only have to find a new gym but have to pay for a lot of the benefits I currently have.

Take care and have fun with that.
Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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11/18/08 8:03 P

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I resigned up for the gym!!!! Yee ha! I have been putting it off (financial reasons), but I just bit the bullet and did it! Now I won't have any "weather" excuses for not working out!

�Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.�

�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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11/16/08 10:48 P

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As soon as I get things to settle down again I will have to start playing with things again for a couple of weeks to a month and see what happens. Sometimes trial and error is the only way to get off the platues. Changing things up is never bad for anyone, and if it dose not work then you can always go back but if you never try then you will never know.

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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11/16/08 7:18 P

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Sharleen, I have noticed that same thing!!!!! I was working out HARD, training for a marathon, weight training, and pilates! I have slowed down some and I'm trying to start enjoying exercise again, and I lost a couple of pounds, but the big thing is... I haven't gained!

�Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.�

�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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11/15/08 3:50 P

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We sound a lot alike. Although when I get stressed out I totally quit eating. I literally have to force myself to eat something. But if i sit around doing nothing I eat out of boardum. That is why I stay busy, and with school that is not too hard, although I tend to think if I did not work out so hard so much I would probably lose more weight. I did better at losing weight when I was simply walking around town then now when I am working out at the gym.

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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11/8/08 8:06 A

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BUT!!! I often make myself too busy, then I get stressed and eat, eat, eat!!!!! CRAZY cycle!!!!

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�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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11/7/08 8:44 P

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That is too funny because most of my free time is spent at the gym because that keeps me off the couch and away from the food. A normal weekend for me is sitting on the couch watching tv and trying to do homework. Until the family calls then for some reason I can get the homework done real fast and find the time to spend with the family.

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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11/7/08 8:14 A

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I agree! My mother in law always complains to my husband that I work too much, he just looks at her and says "if she didn't work, she would be busy with something else". I try to keep myself busy, because I have noticed that when life slows down, so do I and I will find myself lazing on the couch all day.

�Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.�

�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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11/6/08 10:00 P

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Mary thanks for the luck. In general my life is usually always busy, and even though it is sometimes hard to find time to do everything, I would rather have it busy then being board all the time.

Sharleen

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11/6/08 8:34 P

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Good luck! Sounds like you are BUSY!!!!

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11/1/08 9:53 P

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My whole work situation is screwed up right now I am on a LOA from my normal position, and working as a temp for another area in our department. And in the process of looking for a totally new job simply because everything there is driving me nuts. Along with all that I am taking classes so trying to find a little free time can be challenging but I have finally figured out how to succeed.

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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10/22/08 11:34 A

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I recently transfered to a new job, so I am in training right now.... keeps me busy! Amazing how much our jobs effect our home lives! I am making a plan to slow down (work wise) in next month!

�Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.�

�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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10/20/08 8:16 A

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Its ok Mary I have been keeping busy between work, school, and finding time to work out. There is very little free time during the week to keep up with the post's. This class is a little less time consuming at least so hopefully things will keep going smoothly.

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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10/19/08 8:40 A

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Sorry I have been a little MIA recently. My internet has been acting up! It is a beautiful day here. I have plans to meet a friend for a nice fall walk!

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10/15/08 11:48 A

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Mary have an awsome day off. It is always nice to have a catch up day. Enjoy!

Sharleen

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10/15/08 11:03 A

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Ahhhh.... Finally a nice relaxing day off work. Today I am going to take the dogs for a nice long walk and other then that I am just going to enjoy myself!!!

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Mary it is begining to look nasty out here too. I am hoping it will wait for at least an hour and a half to rain if it is going to because I don't so much want to get all wet walking the mile to my car.

Way to go on getting in the 5 mile jog this morning that should make you feel great. I will be going to the gym after work, and am probably going to do an hour bike class. My early morning are usally tuesday, wednesday, and thursday classes.

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We are have grea weather here! I got up early this morning for a 5 mile jog and saw 11 deer.

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Mary you can do it, believe me, I was just there myself a month ago. And finally figured out that if you look at yourself as a failure then you are bound to fail, but if you keep telling yourself you can do it, chances are you will succeed. You can do it.

Leelie You gatta love finding new muscles. isn't it shocking how you can go from feeling fine one day to all ache from something so simple as gardening. Granted it is hard work, but still shocking sometimes.

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Just stopped by to see how everyone is doing. I dug up a piece of ground yesterday for my vegetable garden. So I now have muscles that are aching that I didn't even know that I had. emoticon

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I just need to make up my mind... I think I do, then I slide away. Once I get my mind determined I will be able to do better!

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Hang in there Mary we can do this if we all work together, is there some way I can help motivate you?

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I am going down the same road, I didn't injure myself, but just hit a platau and lost heart. I am still exercising, but having a REAL hard time getting my diet back in line!

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Thanks Mary, I am trying to get back on track, I did awesome my first 6 months, then fell while rollerblading and hurt my right shoulder. Quite going to the gym for about 6 months, which lead to not eating healthy again. Last September I started going to the gym again, but my heart was not back into my workouts and even though I would work out for 2 hour a day most days, I gained 10 pounds. It was not until this September that I figured out that I was looking at things all wrong and instead of looking at the positive things in life I dwelled on the negative ones. In the past month I have accomplished a lot, and things are looking tons better.

Keep up the great work, and just remember you can do it.

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Sharleen, It looks like you are doing great also... yeee ha!!!

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I just wanted to stop by and say you guys are doing great overall. You are making goals, losing weight, and have found the support needed. Keep up the great work.

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let me know how it goes!

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Thanks, I really need it. emoticon

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Good luck with that exam!!!!! emoticon

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Hi Mary, must admit that I'm very positive since I've been doing my daily walk. I have so much more energy.

I'm writing a Business Management exam on Friday so I'm at home studying.


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Leeleie, there are others out there with struggling with the same issues! If being thin was easy and we would all be thin. I have good days and bad days. But I look back on the last year and realize, that there are many many ways that I have changed and improved the way it think about food and exercise.

�Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.�

�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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I don't think of myself as Fat but when buying clothes or seeing a photo of myself its always a shock - I don't seem to realise who fat I really am.

I try to wear makeup and jewellery to work every day but that doesn't really help because I'm still fat and don't feel attractive at all.

I've been on a walking streak - 4th day in a row and am motivated to do something about my weight. I have to for myself, my husband and my children not to mention the medical reasons as well.

Let's stick together and chat often - its great to know that there are others out there that feel the same way and are going through the same things as me. emoticon

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Spring, I know what you mean about buying clothes, all my clothes are old and worn because I hate to go clothes shopping. I am been at a stand still for a while as far as my wieght goes, I my fitness gets better all the time.

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�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.�


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You are very welcome.

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run! wow that is great!

Thanks for the encouragement.

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Hang in there! You can do it. It is just hard sometimes. I am totally with you, I fell last spring and hurt my shoulder, then took the summer off out of frustration. September came and the new gym opened, I started working out. While instead of losing weight I gained 10 pounds. Even though I go to the gym almost every day for usually an hour or better it still will not come off. But I guess I can't complain too much because I can now officially run for 5 minutes straight. So I know I am getting stronger.

Just remember slow and steady wins the race. Take things one day at a time.

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I don't recognize myself either. It is very hard to shop for clothes because everything that I think is e is no longer wearable at this weight. I used to tuck in all my shirts but now have rolls to deal with if I do that. I really hate to get dressed up for a special occasion because it is so hard to find something to wear. For a wedding I bought a outfit that I thought was nice but I hate how I look in the pictures.

This is my first post since joining last August. I have gained 5 more pounds since then. I have been serious about changing my habits since yesterday. I want to feel like myself again and have some energy.

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Sharleen, when I started exercising I always exercised alone... so I will exercise with or without someone, I just have found a GREAT fitness partner that is perfect for me and I really enjoy meeting her to walk together! It is kind of funny, she favors weight training and I perfer cardio, so we push each other.

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I don't mind being alone or with someone. To me a workout is a workout, although I will push myself harder and longer usally with someone.

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It is amazing how much better it is to exercise with someone than alone, I guess misery loves company!!

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I totally know what you mean Mary. When I totally get down I will go to the gym, because I know there are a couple of trainers who will push me. They are awesome. I have done so many things I never would have though I would do. Tonight for instance I walked/ran laps around the track with her after work. I was not going to work out tonight other then meet her and switch things up, then she said we should hit the track. Although I was a little worried about driving home in the crappy weather the hour workout went by fast, and I got cough up on some of my miles I needed for the week.

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Amber,I am extremely lucky to have a GREAT fitness par! Earlier this week we were both down on ourselves. Later that day she called me to say "What were we thinking, we are two bad A-- girls! We drag ourselves out of bed to sweat it out at the gym"! Sometimes we have to remember that we are awesome! Just getting off the couch and making an effort is awesome

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I think the best thing to do when you need that little boost or even a big boot of motivation is let your team know you need help sometimes its as simple as venting a little frustration. you can do it and were all here fighting the same battle. I have felt the same thing with my struggle Its had to stay motivated when you don't see the results that you want. But things will work out just keep up the good work and Remember were just a few clicks a way...

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We CAN do it, baby!!!

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I totally know what you mean. Things will get better. Believe me, I know from experience. I had lost 50 pounds before I noticed any major changes. People kept telling me how awesome I looked and how much I have changed. At any rate, it will happen. It just takes a little time and energy. We can do it. Mary Lets be the super model.

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In my head I am a super model!!! Then I look in the mirror, it brings me back to this world.

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definitly don't feel like the person I see in the mirror or photographs.


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Mermaid02.. you are soooo right. My husband gained a little weight and he looks better. He has gotten a little gray in his hair and it makes him look great. It is just not fair. sigh.... sucks...

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In my opinion mirrors are overrated. I have had people look at me and say you are not going to wear your hair like that, or something about my outfit. If someone says something like that I will continue to wear it that way just to irritate them. If they do not like me for who I am then they are not worth hanging around or listening to. Everyone in this world is different for a reason. If everyone was exactly the same we would have a dull and boring life. I know there are people who would not be able to make it through the day without everything looking perfect in the mirror, but for me I do not use it at all.

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That's exactly what I'm talking about MusicMomto3! Funny thing- my husband actually looks BETTER now than he did 20 years ago. It's depressing to look so lumpy and frumpy....

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I'm right there with you. I was actually thinking that today and broke down into tears. (I'm a rather emotional person, can you tell?) This summer, my dh and I were in Montreal for a business thing for him and they had a really nice dinner that we had to dress up for. I thought I looked so great and then when I look at the pictures I just want to get rid of them. I need to make this change! And I know we can do it!

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Thanks so much to everyone for posting! I put on my make up.... think I look great and then catch a glimpse in the mirror from the neck down. OUCH!

I too hit 140 once upon a time and I was totally DISGUSTED with myself. Ummmm..... that's where I WANT To be now. Life is funny isn't it?

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I can remember when my scale hit 140 and I thought I was a big as a hippo!!! Now I dream of hitting that number. I swear the weight creeps up on you while your distracted with your work and family and then one day you look in the mirror or see a pic of yourself and you have no idea who that person is!!! emoticon

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Jameslou Once I put my pic's up on my profile and compared them I could totally tell the difference. It was kind of funny. I could not believe the difference.

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I'm with GAS_SAG; I lost 40 lbs in college, but didn't see anything different in the mirror. My husband (then my bf) would say he couldn't believe I couldn't see it. I don't even see the difference in pics b/c I took really good pics when I was big.

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Me too. I don't feel like I weigh what I do, but when I catch a glimpse in the mirror sometimes, I'm shocked.

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I can soooooo RELATE!!! for me it was a pitchure. I was like omg!!!! who is that person.. and I started exercising like crazy.. elipt at work and a hilly hike at home and the scale wouldn't budge.. I even went to my doc for some help

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I lost motivation over the summer but am slowly getting back into the swing of things. The one thing I found helpful was just takeing small steps. Forcing myself to walk around the block eventually you will be back to normal.

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Sharleen...It's hard to see the difference looking at yourself everyday.
You know that pregnant person that you work with who doesn't seem to grow until you go on vacation for two weeks? You know what I mean... you come back and she's tripled in size.
If people are telling you these things daily... you ARE changing whether you see it or not.


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8/23/07 11:21 P

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Feel that way? OMG!
I've been 206 for about a year now; before that I was 5 lbs heavier... that was my all time high and it lasted for about a year. I'm almost always shocked when I look in the mirror. I feel like me; the same skinny me I used to be. Now I look in the mirror and see nothing but fat and wrinkles. I'm 41; how the heck did this happen?!?!?!
And I can totally relate to your fear of losing motivation. I found SP less than a week ago and have been going strong so far... it's helped. I'm afraid of what I will find on Monday when I weigh in. I'm hoping I lose some so I will want to keep going. Heck, if I were strong willed, I'd still be skinny! :)
I've gone up & down many times over the last 2 decades. I've complained about my weight now for a few years. The last 2 weeks is the first time that I've actually tried to do anything about it in quite a while.
My current motivation is the money I've put in the kitty at work... 10 of us are trying to see who loses the largest % in 12 weeks. I really hate losing, so hopefully that will help. I'm hoping that whether I win or not, I'll fit into enough of my old clothes to keep me going.

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8/23/07 11:21 P

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Mermaid My issue is not that I look in the mirror and not recognize myself but the total opposite. I look in the mirror and see the same person every day. People tell me almost every day I am doing such a great job, and am looking great, But I do can not tell the difference.

Just remember motivation will come and go, but the more you work it into you schedule the better you will become at things.

You will get your motivation back just keep trying.

Sharleen

*** Sharleen ***

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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8/23/07 10:11 P

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When I first gained weight, I went through a period of months where I didn't recognize myself... I would glimpse myself in the mirror and be shocked by the image, because I still thought of myself as thinner. I have been at a higher weight for a while now and have lost that surprised feeling, but I'd like to regain it - this time because I look in the mirror and look better than I expect to!

I know what you mean about the numbers mattering. Sometimes the fat/muscle ratio changes and can freeze the scale... have you tried looking for other measures of success, like clothing sizes or waist/hip/bust measurements? That can be a helpful way of showing that your body is changing for the better even if the scale doesn't recognize it.

Life is the length of my smallest dream.


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8/23/07 8:31 P

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Does anyone else ever feel this way? I don't emotionally "feel" like the 186 pound woman who looks at me from the mirror... sometimes I don't even recognize myself when I walk past a store window.... I need to do this for myself... my sanity... I'm already worried about losing my motivation though. How do you keep it going? I did so well this winter, using my elliptical trainer every day... for an hour or MORE at a time.... but the pounds didn't budge... people told me I looked good, but since the scale didn't move... I lost my motivation.
Sorry for the ramble...

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