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  1. ellesan

    Osteopenia/Osteoperosis meds

    I'm turning 40 next month and went through premature menopause at age 35--so I'm 5 years post menopausal. My dexascan shows mild osteopenia and my gyn wanted me to start Fosamax or Boniva, etc. I chose to be more consistent with calcium/vit d supplements and strength training, etc. for a year...
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    This is how to get people to take the stairs--love it!
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    12 Days of Fitness

    I'm doing a "12 Days of Fitness" Challenge over on my blog that starts today--come on over if you need some motivation to get/stay moving :D
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    "I am not a runner" funny

    Good laugh this morning :p
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    Frustrated and emotionally exhausted. :( I know I could be doing better. Any tips, suggestions, books, anything on ways to communicate with step-kids in regards to talking back, not listening, attitude, etc. He's 12 yrs old??
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    I'm in Shape Magazine (+ Cathe mention)!!

    When I was a junior in high school, I picked up my first issue of Shape Magazine. I used to pour over the inspiring weight loss Success Stories--wishing, hoping and praying that someday that would be me. Someday I would have a better relationship with food, someday I would get control of my...
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    "My" Spinervals workout is out!

    I was able to be in a cycle/spin workout video after I did the Iron Girl Triathlon in May this year. The DVD is finally out and here's the trailor! BTW I'm the one wearing the white hat--notice when Coach Troy tells me I'm giving an "A effort!" This is an interval workout and this trailor is...
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    Our new "baby" :)

    This is Tyson, our new Boxer pup. He's so adorable and a ton of work!!
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    Beautiful Fall colors...

    I've been doing a lot of hiking/sight seeing lately and wanted to share these photos--I love the change in seasons here in Utah! Do you live in a beautiful area too? Post some pics!
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    You are beautiful--yes you! :)

    I recently heard about the Operation Beautiful movement and wanted to share it with all of you fabulous Cathletes! I love this idea! :D We get so many negative messages everyday in the media that we are not good enough, thin enough, beautiful enough, etc. the way we are....let's change that...
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    Muddy Buddy?

    I'm considering doing this kind of race but wanted to hear experiences/thoughts. This one is actually called the Dirty Dash-- a 5 woman team, 10 K mud run obstacle course. ;)Looks fun but I have been plagued by knee problems = not a good/fast runner...although I know it's not really all about...
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    40th birthday ideas?

    I'll be turning 40 in 6 months (February) and want to plan something fabulous that celebrates life, health and happiness! Since it will be winter time, mostly likely something indoors, however I'm not ruling out a cruise. I do have some ideas but wanted to hear what you guys would do. Thanks!
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    Rude or not? vacations... I recently went on vacation with my husband's family. The first night for dinner our niece (resident of vacation town) said she had a surprise for us for dinner at a nice restaurant. We had not talked about plans for dinner, but I found out that others in the group...
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    How cute is this?

    Attitude is everything!
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    Best workout/waterproof make-up?

    Normally I'd never wear make-up for workouts, but I'll be filming a workout dvd and would like to look good :D. I have no idea what to wear make up/mascara wise that won't smudge/drip all over my face. Any tips or things that have worked for you? Thanks!
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    Getting ready for swimsuit season?

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    Thank you!

    Last year at this time I had an acute autoimmune attack--I was very sick with thyroid disease and planning for surgery to have my thyroid removed. It was a really difficult time for me and I was a basket case. I didn't feel like I'd ever be able to walk a mile again, let alone get back into...
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    Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls

    Travel tips please!! My niece is graduating from McGill in Montreal in early June and we'll be going. We'll be in Montreal for 4 days, only in Toronto for one day and then doing a full day trip to Niagara Falls. What are the definite things to see and do? What's a waste of time? I...
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    So excited!

    I'm going to be in a Spinervals DVD!!! :D:D:D Since I'm doing the Iron Girl triathlon in Vegas, I got a casting call email from Iron Girl saying they were filming a new Spinervals DVD two days after the triathlon. I submitted my info/photo and they told me today I was in! :cool:
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    Please, someone tell me ITBS can get better!

    I know this has been discussed before, but I'm so frustrated and discouraged right now preparing for my race. Fitness wise, I can easily run at least 5-6 miles but the ITB pain stops me after about 2 miles and I have to walk on/off. I'm doing all the ITB stretches, foam rolling, taking...