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Do you have a sandbox?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Right next door to where I work, there is an on-going construction project. I've been watching it for several months, as it moved from phase to phase. And I can't help thinking, as I leave the office each day, how much it reminds me of my cousins and I playing with their toy tractors and bulldozers and such in a sandbox, decades ago.

As I left work yesterday, a smallish machine tied to a tether was being used to tamp down and even the ground... and a guy was controlling it remotely on the other end of that tether with something that resembled the controls for a toy car. It brought a smile to my face, and I couldn't resist taking a photo.



What's the Spark analogy? Why that we are all "under construction" with our bodies, every single day. We are making progress... and we can look to childhood for the "play" that models the construction work as "serious" adults. And we can still smile over our progress, our "tools" that once were toys...

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when the connection sparks with kindred spirits. Creatively, consciously and consistently making choices that support that construction in progress... I remain GRATEFUL for each, and every, day!

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WATERMELLEN 10/22/2014 7:56PM

    Love this "under construction" thought -- we just keep building on the foundations here!!

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FRAN0426 10/22/2014 7:37PM

    Under construction on this journey----I like it.

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GABY1948 10/22/2014 5:13PM

    I definitely agree with you...I AM under construction and each day more glad that I am! And like you I am GRATEFUL that I am and that it's with Spark!

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DOGLADY13 10/22/2014 3:46PM

    And we have fun while we do it!

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LINDAKAY228 10/22/2014 2:19PM

    My body and my whole life is under construction and my life will be until I die because we'll never be finished. Love the analogy! We need to let our inner child play sometimes.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/22/2014 1:41PM

    My body is definitely under new management and new construction!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/22/2014 11:12AM

    It's wonderful to see the lessons all around us. Your keen observation has once again rewarded us with a great blog! Thanks.

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JEANKNEE 10/22/2014 9:43AM

    Thank you for the insights shared, Barb.

I appreciate you!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/22/2014 9:04AM

    Many of us are downsizing our "buildings" and landscaping the surroundings. Thanks for the analogy.

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GOLFGMA 10/22/2014 8:53AM

    Wonderful that you enjoyed this moment looking back at carefree childhood days. We can have fun while we construct new bodies. emoticon

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SANDICANE 10/22/2014 8:44AM

    Love your blog! A happy heart is one of those childhood things which is excellent to bring back as a tool!

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WELLBEING67 10/22/2014 8:34AM

    Love this blog! I've been way too serious lately so I'm going to think back to childhood fun and incorporate some into my life at this stage. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 10/22/2014 8:34AM

    nice analogy - thanks!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/22/2014 7:56AM

    Great connection. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as you watch this project.

Yes, we are all always under construction in many ways. Great blog!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/22/2014 7:51AM

    Barb, I wasn't sure how a sandbox would fit into sparking, but it's brilliant! Kids play and move and don't even think about it! Adults move and think it's work! We have to re-frame out thoughts and become childlike!

Thanks for a great blog.

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Go Royals - World Series Game One begins

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guess the KC Royals are about as close to a "home team" as our area has in terms of Major League Baseball. Besides, we have a former Cornhusker on the team in Alex Gordon (left field). And it's been a long dry spell for them. I admit to being a spiritual Yankees fan, from back when Mickey Mantle was in the outfield and Yogi Berra was a player. But if I can't have the Yanks there, I'll root for the Royals. I'm one of those infuriating sports fans who roots for good play, no matter who performs it.

My kid sisters will testify that I used to root for both sides when I dragged them to basketball championship games. emoticon I just love seeing the amazing things these folks can DO! emoticon

I interrupted myself long enough to stand for the National Anthem, and now I'm going to hop on the treadmill, because that's how I roll during sports broadcasts. Go team! And at the same time, keeping my promise to myself with a little strength training.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. And it is at its best when kindred spirits touch at points on the journey! Creatively, consistently and consciously making choices to support a healthy lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/22/2014 11:15AM

    Smart to treadmill and ST to athletic performances. I like to do that, too, although I prefer basketball and football. Not so big on baseball. Nonetheless, hope your "home team" does great!!

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LEANJEAN6 10/22/2014 7:24AM

    Special Lady you are Barb!---You cheer for everyone!!!!--Love this!!!----It's getting cold here in Canada's north-minus3C last night!----Hugs Barb-Lynda

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GABY1948 10/22/2014 2:38AM

    I was never into sports. But I do know what you mean about cheering anyone who does well...no matter which side it is on! I get very excited for anyone that does anything really well!

My next house I have to get a treadmill. What a wonderful way to get more steps in!

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DLDMIL 10/22/2014 1:01AM

    I always root for the underdogs. I root for the team that hasn't had a world series in a while. Baseball is the only game I really like. Go Royals.

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BOOKAPHILE 10/21/2014 11:45PM

    Do you go faster when the tension on the field increases? I use an elliptical, and I will often find myself "running" during a chase scene in my book. Lol.

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JEANKNEE 10/21/2014 11:03PM

    Like you, I do appreciate good play by either team.

I attended my first professional baseball game in San Francisco's Candlestick. So, it's "Let's go Giants!"

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/21/2014 10:04PM

    Exercising while watching sporting events is the only way from keeping one's legs from falling asleep or getting crazy!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/21/2014 10:02PM

    Go Royals!

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DOGLADY13 10/21/2014 9:44PM

    Enjoy the game!

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SANDICANE 10/21/2014 9:23PM

    What a great idea to watch a game and treadmill at the same time. It's win-win!

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    Love the idea of going on the treadmill fro games. what a great idea emoticon

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    Hope the right team wins!

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Governor's Cup - I AM a real runner

Monday, October 20, 2014

Two years ago following this race I declared the phrase "I'm not a real runner" no longer applied to me. Here's my blog from the Governor's Cup 2012: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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By now, of course, y'all know I've accepted my athletic, competitive self. And Constance came out and had a good time yesterday at this year's Governor's Cup. Poor Constance didn't have a very good 2013. But she's having a great 2014!

First, let me say, I had company for this race, although my company was doing the 5K, and I was running 15K as prep for my Half Marathon coming up in three weeks (Nov. 9th). Here's our obligatory Selfie from before the start, while we're still milling about along with other folks who arrived early.



I don't see my son terribly often, he's busy living his life on a schedule that differs from mine. When I do, it makes any occasion special! Oh, and it's extra special because he reminds me every week that he still hates running.

Here's a shot of the fall colors at the Governor's mansion, where the race begins and ends.

We lined up on the far side of the mansion, aiming North on 14th street. I found a fellow 15K runner who said her target time was 90 minutes, and stood next to her. I tried to get my Garmin Connect to start a session, sending links to my brother and my son... but turns out that somehow I didn't get it paired right, so they weren't able to see where I was on the course. I had given my son the approximation that he'd have to hang around an hour for me to finish.

Mile splits looked like this:

Mile one, obviously I started out too fast. Deliberately slowed for mile 2. By now I was down to following the Garmin watch prompts, which I had set to run 5:30, then take a 30 second walk break. A bit after mile 3, past the first 5K marker, a gent I often follow to guarantee I get a good time in races caught up to me, and we ran together for a while. I notice I got slowest in miles 4 and 5, which is when I took two of those 30 second walk breaks as full minute walks to take on nutrition. I downed half a gel packet in the first such minute break, then jogged for five, and downed the other half. And then I was all set to run... and the times got to where I kind of expected them to be.

When I crossed the finish line, I still had gas left... and passed one of the gals I'd been following closely in the final tenth of a mile. You can see her in the background, with the coral top.



And the finish was good enough to be second in the ten year age group, F60-69. The gal who finished first? Not even close... she was 10 minutes faster than me, nearly a minute a mile faster.

What you learn over time as a runner is to rejoice for the victories of others, and recognize there will always be runners faster than you, and runners slower than you. And any given year, your race will be what it is. This turned out to be a PR (personal record) for a 15K for me, with an official chip time of 1:31:39 and an average pace of 9:50.

Three weeks away is the Good Life Halfsy... the one I thought I was crazy to sign on for when I did. Who runs a Half Marathon in November in NEBRASKA? Apparently, I do, along with 3000 of my running buddies. Stay tuned for that one... just hope it's not a blizzard day.

LIFE is good. It's so much better when I'm fit. And it reaches the top when I find my journey to a healthier life parallels and touches those of kindred spirits. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices to support the fullness of life, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day.

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SHRINKBUG 10/23/2014 5:08AM

    You *are*a runner! Well done!

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PMCOPPI10 10/22/2014 3:12PM

    Wow!!! lots of friends here. You deserve that!!! emoticon

I appreciate your blogs and I learn from them like school.
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MOBYCARP 10/21/2014 9:18PM

    "Who runs a Half Marathon in November in NEBRASKA?" Obviously, you do. You even made me think about it. Of course, the travel won't work out. But I thought about it.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/21/2014 7:50AM

    You are an inspiration to what can be accomplished with consistency and determination. Congratulations!

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KPETSCHE 10/21/2014 2:22AM

    You're the BOMB Barb!!! Most definitely an athlete! Congrats on your PR, too, and I'll be hoping that the weather cooperates for your upcoming HM.
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SANDICANE 10/20/2014 9:50PM

    You ARE an athlete!!! Way to go! You're SUCH an inspiration!!!

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WOMANWITHGRIT 10/20/2014 8:33PM

    Awesome, just so great. And also, that your son shows up even when he says he hates to run....

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MJREIMERS 10/20/2014 8:02PM

    You are definitely a runner! You are emoticon ! Congrats on your PR. Good luck and run smart until your 1/2!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/20/2014 7:52PM

    Wow.

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WATERMELLEN 10/20/2014 7:35PM

    You are a REAL runner -- so cool that you had a personal record this time out and gas left at the end of the run!!

Well done!!



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BOOKAPHILE 10/20/2014 4:51PM

    You show so much joy even remembering your races. You ARE a runner!

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LINDAKAY228 10/20/2014 3:30PM

    Hope you don't get a blizzard for the half either! You are definitely an athlete. Congratulations on your time and one beings second in your age group! That Constance is definitely coming out.

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KRISZTA11 10/20/2014 3:01PM

    Yes you are, and a biker and a swimmer too!
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DDOORN 10/20/2014 1:31PM

    So cool to have your son in on the fun...even if he DOESN'T like running! :-)

I always love it when I'm near the end of an event, be it a long, challenging ride or even a 5K and I realize: I still have gas in the tank!

Pour it ON, Woo Hoo to YOU! :-)

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2014 1:00PM

    Good work! Love the picture.

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LEWILL1982 10/20/2014 12:38PM

    Nice work!

Our Thanksgiving 1/2 marathon is usually very cold, well, for us anyway- usually about 36 degrees. I'm always excited for that one!

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HILLSLUG98239 10/20/2014 11:51AM

    There will always be runners faster than us. So true! I think we're happier when we internalize that.

When someone I pass comments about hour slow they are, I smile and ask them to do their event their way, and enjoy themselves. I can only run my own race. If I try to run someone else's race, it'll just make me miserable.

It sounds like you're doing an awesome job of prepping for your HM. Ah, the wisdom that some of us gain from age. (Some of us just get older, not wiser.)

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SLENDERELLA61 10/20/2014 10:40AM

    Congratulations!! Very impressive. You are just getting better and faster! Love the way you embrace your athletic self these days. My niece ran her 10 mile in 1:43 yesterday, so close to your pace. And she's just 28. But I'm very proud of both of you. You are both still improving. So good your son runs with you. That does make it very special. I am so looking forward to getting well and healed so I can think about getting better and faster, too. -Marsha

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MARGARITTM 10/20/2014 10:16AM

    Congrats on the PR!!!!

Can't wait for the results from your half.


You are so blessed to run with your son! BIG SIGH! Maybe someday

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JEANKNEE 10/20/2014 9:48AM

    Way to go, Barb!

Congrats on the PR and nice to hear that you crossed the finish line with gas to spare. That ought to bode well for your upcoming Half.

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    Wow and a PR too! emoticon but I actually have come to expect that of you at some point in your race.

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ONMYMEDS 10/20/2014 8:35AM

    That is an impressive pace. Very well done!! And of course it's always special to PR.

Best wishes on your upcoming HM. November is a GREAT time to run a HM, even in Nebraska. My next half is November 29, in Illinois.

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KALIGIRL 10/20/2014 8:28AM

    If the weather 'stays the course', your November race should work.
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SPINNINGJW 10/20/2014 8:12AM

    Congrats on your PR!

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DOGLADY13 10/20/2014 7:48AM

    I'm loving all the race reports from this weekend. Yesterday was the Bay State Marathon, a qualifier for Boston, in my fair city of Lowell. On my walk home from church, I was able to talk to a half marathoner who had just finished. She and her adult daughter ran the half and both were very pleased with their times. They were also hungry and ready to go home and get warm!

You are probably one of those people that folks on the sidelines point to and say "Look at her go!" and then they start cheering.

Good job, Barb.

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Reaping the rewards

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I named this blog to match an earlier one: "Paying the Price".

Here's the deal: it takes time for lifestyle changes to truly have a big reward. You don't suddenly lose 100 pounds. It takes time for your body to give those pounds up when you change what you eat and how you move.

Beyond that time, it takes time for your mind to get around the fact that your body size has changed.

And beyond that time, it takes time to accept your new "identity". In many cases these last two can take years.

One of the rewards is the changes in the conversations you have with your health care providers. Case in point, my Friday appointments. I got all the annual stuff out of the way, but the conversation was completely different from the ones I might have had five years ago.

What did we talk about? Well, for one thing, my doctor had a health coach shadowing him... she wanted to know about my ah-hah moment in making my lifestyle changes. So we were talking about successes. They seek to learn from their successful patients in the hopes of helping others with similar goals or needs.

For another, the questions I had for them were related to being able to keep doing what I'm doing. I asked about my cramping in the water... he did exams related to my knees and ankles and the stress I put them under with my training. Found nothing in the muscles of the calf, he'll look at the blood tests related to electrolytes. *Did* mention the dreaded a-word (arthritis, welcome to the family, Barb) relative to my left knee being a little stiffer than my right... which might, in fact, be a contributor to changing my swim kick... which could be related to that cramping.

Bottom line: I have become an athlete. And the conversations at my medical exams reflect that.

LIFE is good. It's so much better when I am fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits have journeys that touch at points with mine. You might have to look back a few years to find the point where we parallel, or ahead in your journey to where you want to be... but if you are a kindred spirit, seeing the loops of a more experienced traveler could be a preview of a point you haven't even envisioned yet... one where YOUR dreams are realized, whether they look like mine (athletic) or otherwise (just living with more ease).

Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices that support the mission to live fully... we can remain GRATEFUL for each and every day. Because we're worth it. And the world needs what fully living people can contribute to it.

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BOOKAPHILE 10/20/2014 4:40PM

    Not having to dread seeing the Dr. is a wonderful benefit of weight loss. You certainly are an athlete.

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LINDAKAY228 10/20/2014 3:32PM

    There was a time when my conversations were not good either but they are much better now that I work out more and have lost some weight, even though I still have some to go. But bloodwork has been good except I was low on Vitamin D when I had my annual physical in August. Even with a stroke it's so much better than when I was well over 200 lbs!

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LEANJEAN6 10/20/2014 7:09AM

    You continue to be someone who I strive to be like----lost yer weight---are athletic----and alive!----- Keep it up Barb--Lynda emoticon

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SPEDED2 10/19/2014 8:40PM

    Nice blog!

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DDOORN 10/19/2014 8:00PM

    Isn't that the TRUTH! Re: "it takes time for your mind to get around the fact that your body size has changed." I know you have offered me the wonderful complement about my being an "athlete." But I have to admit to not feeling it or seeing it as yet...in time perhaps? :-)

Congrats to the life in which you've pumped so much SPARK!

Don

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MJREIMERS 10/19/2014 7:49PM

    I love the "I have become an athlete!" How many people can say that? How many people can say that after losing over 100 pounds? How many "mature" people can say that? You are getting better with age!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/19/2014 6:32PM

    That is AWESOME!!! Congratulations!

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JEANKNEE 10/19/2014 5:39PM

    Wonderful blog!

Yes, the conversations do change. I had conversations over the summer with medical assistants, a respiratory therapist, my OB/GYN, and PCP that were much different than those in years passed.

I have much more work to do with the last 2 points mentioned in your blog and know the journey is lifelong.

It's wonderful to have people like you as a fellow traveler.

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MOBYCARP 10/19/2014 5:18PM

    "Bottom line: I have become an athlete. And the conversations at my medical exams reflect that. "

I'm not as far along in the process, but I think the same thing is happening in my medical conversations. I *might* have got past the doctor just telling me not to run a half marathon, be happy with running 3 to 5 miles. Or maybe not. We'll see how the conversation goes next time I have a checkup.

For sure I'm past the part where the doctor told me just maintain my weight . . . when it was 191. FWIW, top of "normal" BMI for me is 182. And once the weight came off, it appeared that I have a small frame, not the medium frame I assumed for so many years.

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CHRISTINEBWD 10/19/2014 4:17PM

    My doctor thought I should lose 20 pounds, so I lost one pound a week for 20 weeks, went back for a check-up and he said that I was only *one* of a few patients who actually listened and followed his advice.

I am a work in progress though as I am not finished getting healthier. :) Hope you are having a great day!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/19/2014 3:50PM

    I am grateful for your blog.

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GABY1948 10/19/2014 2:52PM

    Great blog....I can even relate....though I am just short of "being there" but my doc remembers every bit of it....and this year told me he can no longer class me as "pre-diabetic".

Your doc loves you I bet! It makes their job so much easier. My arthritis started in my left knee at 45 and hasn't really progressed much and I do everything but emoticon emoticon (wish I could)

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ALICIA363 10/19/2014 2:16PM

    "... the mission to live fully ..." I like it!

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GERIKRAGH 10/19/2014 1:40PM

    Great reporting.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/19/2014 1:40PM

    Nice that you're the sharer of information with the medical people. They can learn from your success.

At my physical I asked about arthritis after reading an article that stated flatly that most people over 65 have some level of it and "nearly EVERYONE over 70" does.

The doc said that it's probably true, but just keep moving and you won't notice it as much. Or as Dorie said in "Finding Nemo" Just keep swimmin', just keep swimmin'

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2014 1:14PM

    It really does take time for our sense of ourselves to catch up with our changed bodies -- I'm still sometimes surprised when I catch sight of myself in the mirror to see a (relatively) thinnish person!! And: that big whack o' weight has been gone for over a decade!!

Your doctor must want to clone you -- or at least have you give "lessons" to so many of the patients normally seen!!

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SANDICANE 10/19/2014 1:11PM

    What a wonderful blog, kindred spirit!!!!

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DLDMIL 10/19/2014 12:48PM

    Yes, you are an athlete. Well Done and congratulations.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/19/2014 12:38PM

    Great blog, Barb, again. Yes, my conversations with my doctor has changed because my life has changed and my health situation is different. Signs of progress!

Hoping that arthritis is no obstacle. Take care.

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GHK1962 10/19/2014 12:06PM

    "I have become and athlete." High-5!

But this also speaks to what you were saying about reaping the rewards and accepting your new identity. I suspect people were telling you that long before you yourself believed it. I bet you thought in your head, and likely voiced to them that no, you were not.

Then you slowly started to think ... maybe I am. Maybe they're right.

And now you are there. Years like you said. But you are there ... and that is pretty damn awesome.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/19/2014 11:56AM

    Barb, I have had the same experience where, after weight loss, the Dr. asked about my "AHA" moment, too and of course, SP was mentioned! I find it really wonderful that the health care providers DO want to learn from those patients who have had some success in attaining a healthy lifestyle!



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Hungry and cold

Friday, October 17, 2014

That's my classic response to the question my doctor is going to ask me in an hour and change: "How are you this morning?"

Yep, it's time for that annual checkup. The fasting so they can do the blood panel. And of course I'll be stripped to the little gown thing. But as I showered and dressed for the day, I looked at the full length mirror and gave myself the assessment. And it was a positive one.

I'm by now used to seeing the fit me in the mirror. I feel good about what I see. Am I a model? Heck no! But I see muscle definition. I see that I use my body in ways it was meant to be used. I see loose skin, too, which is not pretty, but it's reality. It is the result of the life I have lived. And the life I have lived is what makes me who I am today.

When people ask "what do you like about your body?" What do YOU respond with?

When I began this journey, what I said was "I love my body for what it does for me. It's where I live. It functions." Today, I keep that thought right up front and central: that it functions! That it allows me to do the things I want to do in life - from waking to lying down to sleep.

Living an active lifestyle, nurturing myself with appropriate foods... these are some of the best things I can be doing to support my body continuing to function. There is so much we can do with lifestyle to support health, and I feel confident that I will once again see a smiling doctor when I tell him I'm "hungry and cold". Because if your only complains in your doctor's office are that you are hungry and cold? You're probably doing just fine.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when the journeys of kindred spirits touch. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making decisions that support the best health that body will give me... I remain GRATEFUL, for each and every day.

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    You are capable of keeping the hardest promise!!! To oneself. Way to go!

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WATERMELLEN 10/17/2014 10:29PM

    I bet your doctor wishes every patient was just like you!!!

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DLDMIL 10/17/2014 9:11PM

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DALID414 10/17/2014 9:08PM

    I'm swapping Drs, I'll get to meet the new one sometime in November. Wonder if she'll be surprised to learn I'm a POW person, and that I work everyday on maintenance.
Apparently, my scheduling the boyfriends' Dr appointment prompted the rest of the men in his department to rush out to get the flu shot! Men!!

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MOBYCARP 10/17/2014 8:03PM

    Hungry and cold. I'll have to remember that line for the next time I have a doctor's appointment after fasting. Except my doctor tends to order the fasting blood test for after the visit, so I'm unlikely to have an opportunity to deliver that great line.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/17/2014 6:35PM

    We're on the same schedule. I had my annual physical on Monday.

Mine included the required Medicare stuff - questions to check for dementia, time it takes me to get off the table walk to the door and return up onto the table. (She said I set a record. LOL)

Supposedly, some people balk at many parts of this test, but after taking care of my mom for 10 years, I'm well aware that it's important to have outside evaluation.



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CHRISTINEBWD 10/17/2014 2:19PM

    I'm getting there! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/17/2014 1:23PM

    Awesome! I like what I can do with my fitter body!

Good luck w/the check up.


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LEWILL1982 10/17/2014 12:07PM

    Great point about loving our bodies! I don't love the way mine "looks" all the time, but I know for certain that I'm strong and I'm fit. I have strong legs that allow me to run and cycle. My arms are getting stronger, I can feel the muscle, even if I can't "see" it when I look in the mirror. I do like my shoulders and I *do* have a defined waist, even if my tummy is poochy. Great reminder that we have to love our bodies for what it is capable of doing, not necessarily for how it looks.

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KALIGIRL 10/17/2014 11:16AM

    Here's to loving ourselves, particularly when there's a little 'definition' there!
I'm not one to use mirrors unless fully clothed to see if a tag is hanging out, especially after catching a glimpse of my bottom and thinking 'I've seen that before... wait! That's my mom's!"
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GABY1948 10/17/2014 10:43AM

    It's so GOOD to love your body! And you are right....I love that I can do so much more now than I could as a much younger woman. I did have a lot of the "extra skin" removed from when I was truly big....it's not all it's cracked up to be!

Have a great check up, he probably loves doing your check up and telling you just how far you HAVE come! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/17/2014 10:36AM

    Hoping you get the great check up y0u deserve! Wonderful to be fit and see that muscle definition.

I love that my body is so good at cuddling the grandkids!! They come to me for comfort. At one time I feared that a little fit body would not be good at cuddling because as a kid I was always comforted by big soft bodies. You don't have to be Santa Claus plump to be jolly. And you don't have to be the size of my grandmother to rock, hug and cuddle. I am living proof!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/17/2014 10:08AM

    Great attitude of gratitude. Have a good check-up!

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NEW-CAZ 10/17/2014 10:00AM

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MSLZZY 10/17/2014 9:53AM

    I am sure you will get a good report and the doctor will send you on the way with a smile. You earned it! HUGS!

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DEBRITA01 10/17/2014 9:27AM

    What I love about my body is that it's Forgiving. No matter how I've abused it in the past, it still allows me to live a healthy and enjoyable life. I'm working hard to take better care of myself and maintain or improve my quality of life. emoticon

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