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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hi!
I am too tired for a long blog.
Hello and Goodnight, Sparklers.
Sending good things your way.
Sleep well.
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COLOR-BLUE 8/28/2014 5:58PM

    Lori,

Rest well my friend!!!

Blessings!


- Nancy Jean -
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1CRAZYDOG 8/27/2014 10:44PM

    Get your rest!

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GRANNIEC1 8/27/2014 10:37PM

    Sleep well, sweet dreams emoticon emoticon

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  I hope you slept well. emoticon

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A long (long) range goal (January 26, 2016) and 2 NSV's!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Have to tell you the beginning to tell you the rest...

On May 1, 2013 i decided to actually set out to do 1000 days in a row of walking an average of 2.5 miles daily. emoticon My completion date is January 26, 2016. Well, as life happens, some days were not 2.5 miles... in March of 2014 i decided to play "catch up" so i could honestly say that i did average 2.5 miles a day. Much to my surprise and dismay the total miles needed was a whopping 148.5 miles. emoticon Yes, One Hundred and Forty Eight Miles. That's in addition to the 2.5 miles I had to already do..... it seemed insurmountable.

Some weeks were better than others but I made steady progress until I got sick and ended up in the hospital. Then I walked the halls to keep my streak alive, but obviously I wasn't walking 2.5 miles! Those two weeks set me back 13.5 miles emoticon {it took a month to make up those miles}.

Well, now that you've heard the long winded story-------

NSV #1: Yesterday I completed the last mile needed for "make up"!!!!! emoticon Now, as long as I can keep up with 2.5 miles a day i wont have to play catch up anymore.... and anything over that amount is EXTRA!!! (I consider this insurance for days where there is bad weather or something that will limit the length of my walk.

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NSV #2: I have been trying to do a particular hoop trick on and off for many, many months. It's been frustrating. I tried and tried. And then, it finally happened --- sort of. Then I tried and tried some more, and occasionally it sort of happened again. And each time I try, i get better. Make no mistake, it ain't pretty - but I'm getting there.

It is a wonderful feeling to conquer something that has been difficult. emoticon

so, a double emoticon emoticon to myself for my 2 NSV's!

Goodnight, Sparklers! emoticon

  
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LADYJAJA 8/13/2014 1:37PM

  emoticon on playing catch-up, Lori! That's very admirable considering it would have been very excusable to simply pick up where you left off (after all you've been through, no one would have blamed you at all). emoticon for holding yourself to such a high standard emoticon emoticon emoticon . But I have to ask, as a fellow hooper, what trick have you been working on (if you don't mind my asking)? I know how hard won hoop moves can be, and it can seem you'll NEVER get them down, but when it finally happens.....it's emoticon ! I'm glad you're feeling better and challenging yourself in the hoop again emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 8/12/2014 10:38PM

    Lori,

What a challenge you set yourself up for! That's admirable and tough, especially when you had to play catch up. Are you feeling better? I won't judge the way you feel based on the miles, I've read about, as you said you got sick and ended up in the hospital. I'm very DELIGHTED, that you're BACK!!

Blessings,

- Nancy Jean -
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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2014 10:26PM

    awesome plan!

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I DIDN'T COLLAPSE FROM EXHAUSTION! NSV!!!!! (and Thank You!)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Hello!
I haven't blogged in a long time. Things have been crazy. Some not-so-good crazy and some OK crazy… no time to go into it at the moment but i thought i would share a NSV.

Last night while at a local band concert (a slice of Americana in my old hometown) i was with my great-nephew and great nieces. (11, 7, 5 years old) I was running around the bandstand with the 5 year old and…

I WASN'T READY TO COLLAPSE FROM EXHAUSTION!!!!!

well, it didn't even dawn on me then, but later on i thought about it and was amazed.
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Goodnight, Sparklers emoticon

p.s. Thank you all so much for your support of my last blog. It was a very low point for me. I am finally feeling much better, but do not have any answers as to why i was so sick. Just that my colon is fine… (well, that's good anyway) but i still don't know what happened or why. oh well. trying not to dwell on that part of things. The kind and supportive words from so many wonderful Sparkers were so very helpful and i cannot express how much it means to me.

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/10/2014 11:10PM

    Oh wonderful wonderful NSV!!! I am very happy for you - and glad you are feeling better.
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1CRAZYDOG 8/9/2014 10:24AM

    Wonderful!!!

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COLOR-BLUE 8/9/2014 12:35AM

    Lori,

YES!!! emoticon That's a HUGE THING, keeping up with a 5 year old. Did he tire out before you?

Blessings,

- Nancy Jean -
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SHOTOKIDO 8/8/2014 11:22PM

  Congratulations!

I think those kinds of victories are the best emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 8/8/2014 11:00PM

    P.S.S.
Today is 465 on the walking streak. Coming up to the half way point of 1000 days in a row.
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still streaking, but i've learned it's okay to back off… and a Non Scale Victory

Sunday, June 22, 2014

on thursday evening i went to the emergency room with gastronomic symptoms no one wants to hear about. anyway, i was admitted and spent several days not eating. on IV with fluids etc…

while in the hospital, i managed to walk the halls (very very very slowly) for 15 minutes each day. i have a goal to walk 1000 days in a row "outside" - but now, that has to include some inside time since they wouldn't let me out!

slowly they introduced clear liquids, then bland non-fiber food. when i was able to handle that and had less pain and other symptoms, they allowed me to come home (YAY!!! I cried, no sobbed actually, when they told me i could go home.)

once home, and showered, i went for a short walk with my friend Elaine. i couldn't believe how limited my movement became over the last few days. i had to walk SO SO SO SO SLOW. it took 35 minutes to walk .8 of a mile. (trust me, i know how luck i am to even be able to do that! but, it's a HUGE difference to what i was doing last wednesday when i walked 5 miles!) one of the things i was amazed at is that there is a little road that we went down, in the past when i've walked it i haven't noticed it had a slight incline!! well i sure noticed it today. i noticed my stomach muscles really working and it kind of hurt a little bit. i was fine, but we decided it was best to go home. once i was in the house and lay down to rest i was exhausted from all of the stress, and also from being sore. and SO relieved and happy to be home.

so, what did i learn?

~ that my health is most important.
~ that all the "little" things we obsess and worry over really don't matter at all. (Especially when you are told that you CANNOT EAT! for any length of time…)
~ that i want to heal and don't want to do anything that may jeopardize that.
~ that it's okay to back off and not walk as far as i had hoped i would.
~ that it is going to take me a while, perhaps quite a while to be walking 5 miles in one day again and that's okay.
~ that i am really glad i made the effort to walk all 3 days even if i was a little sore. i was able to go slowly, i was careful and i listened to my body when it was time to stop. I consider all of these things to be a Non Scale Victory.

I am sure there are more things i learned but i am really tired and will have to write them at another time.

so, i am finally home, and am now going to go to sleep in my own bed!!!
Goodnight, Sparklers emoticon

p.s. today was day #418. the streak lives on. (not to worry, if i really don't feel well enough to walk, i will not).

  
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MRSRIGS1 7/19/2014 2:17PM

    I wish you a speedy recovery! Concentrate on your healing - the rest will follow.

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MAYBER 7/18/2014 11:30PM

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JOANNEEMERALD 7/3/2014 3:31PM

    This does sound like the gal bladder. I had something just like this happen to me several years ago. I had to stay in the hospital and go off food for a few days too. Take care of yourself. You are right, your health IS important!

I'm just curious. Did you have any warning? Did you have any pain before you were in the emergency room?

Joanne

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JUNEAU2010 6/29/2014 12:15AM

    I hope the healing continues!

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NASFKAB 6/28/2014 10:48AM

  sorry you got sick get well soon congratulations on being featured in Spark mail

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WHITEANGEL4 6/27/2014 5:33PM

    Glad you are home. Remember baby steps until you are better. Thanks for sharing your bllog

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AURIANNE67 6/27/2014 12:53PM

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PENOWOK 6/27/2014 10:08AM

    So sorry you were down and out, but glad you are hitting recovery! A number of years ago, I had a blockage and they had to remove some of my intestine. I worked at the hospital at the time, so I knew quite a few of the doctors. I was not able to eat anything for several days. I remember one of the docs came to check on me and I asked when I would be able to eat again. He replied something about: you wanna split those stitches open and let you guts fall out? I laughed then..he was serious but it was such a funny reply! Sounds as though you are doing wonderfully, but rest when you get tired. It's important for your recovery!! Don't push the window!

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NEWTINK 6/27/2014 6:49AM

    I hope you are feeling better. Take it from me I know exactly what you mean .. take the time to heal completely emoticon emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/27/2014 12:50AM

    Hi Lori -
Wow, gallbladder! I remember when my mom had that too.

Your comment noticing an incline in your .8 mile walking trip today and suddenly noticing that sparked a memory of that happening to me 16 years ago when I had an emergency c-section for birth of my son. I had been walking this route around our house all during pregnancy - has even "lost weight" of my own while my baby's weight was increasing and displacing weight I had lost (so my weekly doctor and midwife visits seemingly I stayed "same weight"). But after that C-section, walking that oath was extremely painful because there were inclines along that path! Funny, I hadn't thought of that until now. So I can empathize with you here, even though not in the gallbladder itself!

Just take it easy and allow yourself to rest when you are tired - that resting is part of healing process!!

Julia

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JIBBIE49 6/27/2014 12:20AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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MARYJEANSL 6/26/2014 11:14PM

  It sounds like you learned a lot of important things. That is always valuable, even if the learning came at a high price. I hope you continue to feel better and better until you are completely well and can walk that five miles again!

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AMBER461 6/26/2014 8:42PM

  Hope you are feeling a lot better and are doing well now that you are out of hospital.

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SUSIEMT 6/26/2014 4:57PM

    Glad you made it home! Also it sounds like you have learned a thing or two. Keep it up!

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DIANNEMT 6/26/2014 1:27PM

    Hope you are ALL BETTER and can keep walking!!

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JERICHO1991 6/26/2014 9:36AM

    Great determination and perserverance. Good for you.

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/26/2014 7:44AM

    These are indeed tremendous NSVs and you deserve accolades for them all. But I especially want to commend you for your attitude: you are moving forward despite this obstacle, and that is key to long-term success.

Well done!



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SHERYLP461 6/26/2014 7:15AM

    Feel better and congratulations on your walk, it is the little things that are such huge accomplishments

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DTERESA 6/26/2014 1:17AM

    those are great lessons to be learned! good job on listening to your body emoticon

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SCOOTERGIRL777 6/25/2014 10:20PM

    So glad you are home and getting better. You know it takes time to recoup from an illness So I know you;ll listen to your body and a little at a time and you'll be up and back to your old self soon enough. God Bless

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LAVENDERGIRLL 6/25/2014 4:13PM

    Oh my gosh! Feel better soon and remember to take it slow and steady. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 6/25/2014 11:54AM

    Hugs. Get better soon. Rest up. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/25/2014 9:21AM

    Glad you added the p.s. As your strength comes back, your body will allow more. Meantime, pamper that body and give it what it needs! Did they figure out a diagnosis, or are you still a lady in waiting?

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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/25/2014 7:21AM

    I hope you feel better soon! Take it easy, and allow yourself to rest when you need it. emoticon

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MAMAMOOSE54 6/24/2014 9:12PM

    So sorry to hear you were sick and in the hospital. It really does take something out of you and you need to take things slowly.You have a great attitude and you know what it important-you will do just fine-just give yourself some time.

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REALTYLADYLISA 6/24/2014 8:51PM

    Keep healing! Take one day at a time and you'll be able to do more each day. Sending blessings your way!

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FALCON_MONICAB 6/24/2014 6:21PM

    Sorry to hear you had to be in the hospital. So glad you're better and home! emoticon

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RLALLEYN 6/24/2014 1:09PM

    OMG! I'm so glad you are on the mend. You are right to take it slow. Take good care of yourself and emoticon emoticon

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DLALLEYN 6/24/2014 12:49PM

    emoticon Glad you are doing what you can and that you are listening to your body without giving up.

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FARIS71 6/24/2014 8:34AM

    Wow good for you!!!!! Hope you are on the mend soon!

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TMARIE624 6/24/2014 8:30AM

    Hope your feeling much better!! Recovery does take time and we don't realize that sometimes. I know that first hand. I had part of my colon removed about a year ago and It took me a while to be able to walk far too. I took baby steps and when I was tired and sore I stopped. The best of luck to you!!

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AJB121299 6/24/2014 8:29AM

    nice

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Hello! and a false sense of security...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I haven't blogged for a while. Life has been crazy. I have been online less and have been tracking less (i know, i know… it's a slippery slope).

But, things are good.

Rehearsing for a series of 9 plays that are each approximately 10 minutes long. (One i am acting in with DH, and another one i am directing. He is also directing one).

So, like I said, DH and I are in a show together. we've had the script for weeks- (5 and a half weeks…). it's only 8 minutes long— (it's short so it won't be a problem, right?!) and we live together so we'll have plenty of time to rehearse (… right?)

IT'S A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY

We thought that because it was small/short that it wouldn't require THAT much time and attention. We thought that we could fit in rehearsing here and there without scheduling it. We thought that because we are in close proximity things would be fairly easy.

WELL, HERE'S THE THING…

It did. We couldn't. and It wasn't.

Yesterday (yes, i said YESTERDAY) we STILL hadn't rehearsed it together. oh we've spent plenty of time listening to our recordings on our own, but we still and done it together outside of our once a week rehearsal (45 minutes) with our director - and even then we only did it ONCE each time… Last night was our OFF BOOK rehearsal, which means doing it without a script/notes. It was SO STRESSFUL. I was freaking out. I was very agitated. Frustrated. Angry. At him and at myself. At US. for not making it a priority. We muddled through last night, had to call "LINE" a few times. And realized we had dug ourselves into a hole. We rehearsed more today. Alone and together. things were finally coming together a bit before rehearsal tonight. We made it through relatively well. Still more work to be done, but i think we are finally headed in the right direction.

So, as i am going on this big ramble,

i am realizing that this also applies to SPARKING.

How so??? well, let me repeat:



We thought that because it was small/short that it wouldn't require THAT much time and attention

—Gee do we ever say that small things don't matter (oh, just a small bite of this, just a small taste of that……) We UNDERESTIMATE what we eat, how much we eat, that we ate at all, and don't really realize that it adds up until it is too late. We forget that it requires TIME and ATTENTION to take care of ourselves.

We thought that we could fit in rehearsing here and there without scheduling it.

—Again, ever try to fit in a workout, a walk, stretching, a bike ride and just find that a million other things seem to make it impossible to do??? We need to MAKE IT A PRIORITY or we will end up scrambling and winding "how did we get here?"

We thought that because we are in close proximity things would be fairly easy.

—No matter how simple something seems, it is almost NEVER easy. ALMOST never easy. almost never EASY. ALMOST NEVER EASY. We fail to realize the inevitable — which is that something is always going to come along and make things more difficult, or at least different that we had planned.

We lull ourselves into a FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY by not having a back up plan for when things don't go as we originally hoped. We find ourselves scrambling.

So, i am sorry for the ramble……. but, i guess i am just trying to say that i need

consistency, focus, and a plan of action for when things go awry.

I hope this makes some sense to someone.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 6/19/2014 10:09AM

    It sounds hectic. emoticon Take time for some calming yoga. Perhaps it will help feed your soul with peace. I hope the plays go well.

Hugs.

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COLOR-BLUE 6/18/2014 11:27AM

    Lori,

Your blog makes perfect sense. It just seems that the simpler we think things are, the more complex they are, and we have a hard time.

You and DH fixed the one problem, with more rehearsals and things are coming together. So go and do your best and get your message across to all who are willing to see and hear.

However, with SP, now that's a different story. I thought at one time, that I would be able to skate by, but it's not the case! It takes true dedication, just as your plays do! The only problem there is, usually you're the only one doing it. Until you're able to get on line and interact with other Sparklers, there's going to be a void and a risk of falling back into old habits. It's crucial to have support of anybody and everybody!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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1CRAZYDOG 6/17/2014 11:08PM

    Break a leg with the plays and lessons we learn from life . . . the nard way, eh!

Thanks for your blog. It's TRUE!!

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ALEZHANDRIA 6/17/2014 10:34PM

    Good luck with the plays! emoticon emoticon

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