No, I have not died,  nor have I fallen off the face of the earth…  I took a break from the gym to fly to Oregon for my son’s 3rd brain surgery, and have brought him home with me.  But this is not the reason I have not been at the gym or blogging, MY KNEES HURT!

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I have heard exercise is supposed to improve your mood.  I was hoping I’d hit the gym, get on the treadmill and be all happy like freakin’ Snow White;  doves landing on my finger, Bambi and Thumper running along side of me and little sparrows tying bows in my hair.  I got squat.  Where are the endorphins?

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KAPOW!  I kicked it up a notch, again, on the treadmill today.  I went back to 40 minutes, all at 3 MPH…  however, today I did 2 sets of 10 minute intervals GOING UP HILL at 4.0!  “Holy heart failure Batman!” (yes, he really said this:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHjRwCu6yBY ) and no, no one actually  had to perform CPR…

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I have discovered that what motivates me on the treadmill is slowly changing…  It’s no longer for a hot, rockin’ bod (ya, like that’d happen anyway) or cute clothes (that aren’t designed for old ladies, made of polyester, and only found in my size in mail order catalogs), but for a whole new realm of opportunities that I had written off as “not possible”…

What motivates YOU to move?

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WHOA!!!  I TOTALLY ROCKED THE TREADMILL TODAY!  Master of the machine, slave to none, kicked mechanical booty!   I FEEL LIKE WONDER WOMAN!  I wrapped my knee for the first time and then found the incline button of doom on the “beast” but conquered it all!  Now, keep in mind this whole euphoric experience did not come without it’s own set of challenges:  ever try to use an ace wrap on a squishy triangle?

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Fact:  Breathing is definitely not optional.  My head cold is traveling to my chest.  Hope it’s having a fun trip, it’s certainly not what I had in mind.  So, since I’m home with handfuls of tissues let’s talk calories again…

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Let me start by saying that I have had the worst knees known to mankind for the past 5 years.  They will (every few months) pop out of joint and drop me to the floor, make clicking and popping noises off and on and ache with any substantial time spent on my feet.  So it shouldn’t surprise me I  am having a knee problem, right?

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