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 ended up flying to Oregon for my son’s surgery after all, there were complications and there was no way i would NOT be here. So, I am writing from the beautiful high desert in Bend, Oregon.

I am amused with my mindset.  Though I am, for the most part, eating well I have fallen back on chocolate for comfort.  This amuses me because I am NOT a chocolate craving/eating person.  I read somewhere that chocolate is actually good for your mood.  However, I don’t think the Snickers and Heath bar I inhaled yesterday is what they had in mind.

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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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To my amazement, other than some knee tenderness, after being gone from the gym for sooooo many days (sick as a dog) I got right back in the groove!  I didn’t even have to start over at day one with heavy breathing and the feeling of imminent death!

Hi guys! Good to be back!

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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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