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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
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December 30, 2004



hi tita - anthony robbins was the one that indirectly got me hooked on running... my friend wanted to train for a marathon with his foundation and so i went with her. :) of course, i never came up with the money for the fundraiser (especially after i found out that like 2 dollars of the 3000 i had to come up with would probably go directly to the program itself), but i still managed to do the marathon and have kept on running like forrest does... so yeah... thought i'd share. :) i had to laugh, too, because i'm definitely one of those 'aerobic nazis' that go buck wild in spin class... but in my defense, you can't act like a hyperactive kid on crack just anywhere, so you make the most of the moments when you can! ;) as for your resolution - that's awesome! i think what helps me get through it is waking up and getting excited (faking excited sometimes) because you GET to work out (in your case, free membership! lucky duck!), when some others can't because of terminal illness, not enough knowledge, etc. that, and it's personal time just for you, all for you, and nothing to focus on but yourself... i hope you stick with it, and find as much happiness and strength (physical and otherwise) from it as i've had. :) big hugs, your beloved gym-rat (but not a gnarly rat, like a cute rat... more like a bunny... or something like that...)


Haha, you're definitely not a gnarly rat -- not even the least rat-like! Yeah, you're definitely on the cute bunny-ish side (but better than Barbie). :) I really hope I get to become as enthusiastic about working out as you are, but I'll be happy if I can get myself to the gym even a couple times a week for now. Well, if you're ever at your mom's, we have a gym nearby -- give me a call and you can be my bodyguard, 'k? Hugs and Happy new year!


right on target - the reason why i don't like going to the gym is because i'll be surrounded by young, beautiful nymphs in tight-fitting shirts and shorts!


Hi Sarah,

I remember a long, long time ago (in the mid 80s), I got into working out with weights when it wasn't a popular thing to do among women yet. So I'd work out at the men's gym at the sports club I was a member of. The guy in-charge of the gym told me I could only do so if I didn't wear anything tight-fitting or skimpy -- so I wore oversized tees and sweats. Now that I think about it, maybe it wasn't because he thought I'd be a "distraction" to the men working out -- but rather because I didn't look particularly good in anything tight or short!

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